Wrinkle Relaxers vs. Dermal Fillers
With so many advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery, there are now an array of different options to choose from that can make you look years younger without surgery. As one of the leading facial plastic surgeons in Austin, Dr. Anthony Bittar and his professional team offer patients a number of non-invasive services including injectables, fillers and laser treatments.
These types of treatments are frequently referred to as “lunch-hour procedures” due to the fact that they take very little time to perform and there is almost no recovery time involved. Some of the most commonly used products for youthful appearance are injectables and fillers like:
While many of our Austin patients are familiar with cosmetic inectables, many are also new to these types of treatments. We understand that with so many choices out there, deciding which skin rejuvenation treatment is right for you can feel a bit overwhelming. Below are some brief explanations regarding certain classes of injectables and their cosmetic uses.
Wrinkle relaxers are used to treat dynamic lines (also known as expression lines) that are caused by the movement of facial muscles. A good example of this are “crow’s feet”, the lines that appear around the eyes when smiling. Over time, these lines can become static, remaining visible even when there is no muscle movement. If left untreated, these lines will deepen as we get older and become wrinkles.
Wrinkle Relaxers include treatments like Botox, Xeomin and Dysport. These injectables are used to treat lines and wrinkles by temporarily immobilizing the underlying muscles responsible for their appearance. These products are derived from a protein called botulinum toxin type A. When injected into the targeted muscle, these treatments work by blocking nerve signals that cause the muscle to contract. The result is a relaxing of the overlying skin, which effectively softens and smoothes out wrinkles. Wrinkle relaxers are most commonly used in the treatment of forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, address aging-related volume loss. As we get older, collagen levels begin to diminish with each passing year. As a result, the skin begins to lose elasticity and fullness. This is why the face begins to look more gaunt and hollow in our later years. Dermal fillers seek to reverse this process by replenishing hyaluronic acid and collagen.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that also begins to diminish with age. It is a common ingredient in most dermal fillers for its hydrating properties. HA molecules can attract and absorb more than 1,000 times their own weight in water, which aids in providing volume and fullness to the skin. One of the newest hyaluronic acid soft tissue fillers to gain FDA approval is Juvederm Voluma. Voluma is the first filler formulated with lidocaine that is FDA approved to treat the loss of midface volume.
Many dermal fillers also include a collagen-stimulating component. Fillers like Radiesse can stimulate human skin fibroblasts to make collagen and other structural proteins, which essentially helps skin rebuild itself from the inside out. Dermal fillers are most commonly used to treat the lips, around the mouth and in the cheek area.
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
A consultation with a member of the Beau Visage Center team will better help you determine which injectable or filler is right for you. Request your skincare evaluation today by filling out the form above or by calling (512) 448-4422.