Botox® and Fillers: Finding the Right Combination To Create a Youthful Appearance

Most adults begin to notice the first signs of aging sometime in their late 30s or, with good luck and good genes, in their early 40s. Even if the wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and facial deflation that come with age is to be expected, you don’t have to take them as they are. Revolutionary advances in aesthetic medicine and cosmetic dermatology have made it possible to diminish or even erase the most common signs of aging, all without having to go under the knife.

In 2016, close to 10 million men and women in the United States turned to minimally invasive cosmetic injectables, including Botox and dermal fillers, to help them turn back the hands of time.

While it’s possible to take years off your appearance with just a few micro-shots of Botox or skillfully injected fillers alone, combining the two is often the best way to achieve total facial rejuvenation. Here at Lifestyle Physicians, we’ve seen firsthand just how effective a combination of carefully chosen injectables can be.

Smoothing skin and erasing fine lines  

When it comes to erasing fine lines, reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles, and leaving your skin looking naturally fresh, Botox is hard to beat.

Botox contains a highly purified protein derived from the natural bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Injecting this cosmetic agent at specific points in your brow and at the outside corners of your eyes blocks the nerve signals that help the muscles in those areas contract. When the muscles are more relaxed, your overlying skin becomes smoother and wrinkles fade away.

Botox helps soften the deep furrows between your brows that leave you looking perpetually upset or worried, and it’s also effective for reducing or erasing the laugh lines at the corners of your eyes.

What Botox won’t do, however, is lift and tighten your skin, define or enhance your natural features, or correct deep wrinkles. To achieve those goals — without undergoing a surgical facelift — you need dermal fillers.

Adding definition and erasing deep wrinkles

If you want to subtly enhance the natural contours of your face or significantly reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, dermal fillers are a minimally invasive way to get the job done easily, safely, and effectively.

Dermal fillers are designed to address the many facial changes brought on by aging, including facial deflation. Facial deflation typically starts in your early 30s. As it progresses, your cheeks seem flatter or your lips seem thinner than they once were.

When skillfully injected in just the right places, dermal fillers compensate for age-related soft-tissue volume loss by using collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other pure substances to enhance your facial features and rejuvenate your skin.

Depending on your personal aesthetic goals, you can use dermal fillers to significantly diminish or even erase the deep lines around your eyes, brow, nose, or mouth. There are also fillers that can subtly flesh out your cheeks, enhance your lips, correct minor skin depressions, or change the contour of your jawline.

Botox and fillers: A winning combination

If you simply want to reduce the appearance of a few fine lines, Botox may be all you need to get the results you’re looking for.

But if you want to go after those deeper lines and wrinkles, or combat any of the age-related facial changes that make you look older than you feel, getting dermal fillers — along with a few strategically placed micro-shots of Botox — is a better way to go.

When you combine Botox with dermal fillers, it doesn’t just diminish your fine lines and deep wrinkles to make your skin is incredibly smooth; it also helps your fillers — and your results — last longer.

If you’re ready to find out what the right combination of dermal fillers and Botox can do for you, we’re ready to lend our knowledge, skill, and experience. Call one of our offices in Willow Glen or San Jose, California, or schedule an appointment online.

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