In April 2002, the FDA approved Botox to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Today, Botox injections are used to relax the facial muscles creating wrinkles. This results in a lessening of the appearance of laugh lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. While Botox is a recognized treatment for facial wrinkles and frown lines, it is truly effective only in the hands of a skilled physician.
Medical providers can also use Botox to improve both the appearance of facial wrinkles and the position of the eyebrows. This provides an overall rejuvenation in the facial appearance of patients.
Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles. It is injected to help wrinkles relax and soften and to keep the muscles from contracting. Typically, there is no need for anesthesia before a Botox injection. Using a very fine needle, the Botox is placed into specific muscles causing them to relax and keep from contracting. It usually takes three to seven days to fully take effect and you should avoid alcohol for at least one week before treatment. It is also recommended that the patient stops taking anti-inflammatories and aspirin at least two weeks before Botox treatment. This will help reduce bruising. The effects from a Boise Botox treatment will generally last between four to six weeks and as the muscle action starts to return, you will need to be treated again to sustain the results. With each treatment, your muscles are trained to relax and eventually the wrinkles and lines may appear less severe. Do your research and use the a recognized expert in administering Botox for the most spectacular results.
Restylane is a type of injectable filler which contains hyaluronic acid and is used as a subdermal facial tissue cosmetic injection. Restylane may be used for lip enhancement as well as to help diminish aging lines and wrinkles. It may also be used to reduce the depth of the folds between the nose and mouth. It also addresses sad mouth corners, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Restylane is also effective for treating age-related orbital troughs and the facial hollows. It is also good for improving cheek volume and to contour the forehead, nose, and chin.
The results of a Restylane injection may last for between 6 and 12 months depending upon the lifestyle, skin type, and age of the patient. There is usually an initial injection which is followed by several follow-up sessions to maintain the results. Each treatment may take from one to two days to recover.
Injections of Restylane may result in mild side effects, including bruising and swelling. There mah also be some numbness around the injection site. Your doctor can use hyaluronidase to help speed up healing and break down the hyaluronic acid. Restylane has not been tested pregnant women.
Cosmetic injections can provide good results. Both Botox and Restylane are effective at improving the appearance of wrinkles and folds on the face. These types of cosmetic injections should only be done by a qualified provider.