What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a popular, non-surgical drug injection to reduce facial lines such as crow’s feet near the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, and vertical lines around the lips. This quick form of treatment targets the underlying causes of crow’s feet, lip lines, and frown lines to reduce and prevent their appearance. BOTOX has also been known to help with thick bands in the neck and thick jaw muscles. BOTOX is short for Botulinum Toxin, which is a purified substance produced by bacteria. This treatment targets the underlying causes of facial lines produced by consistent muscles contractions that people do when they frown, squint, or scrunch their lips over the years. Repeated contractions from the eyelid muscles are the main cause of crow’s feet lines, mouth muscles contribute to lip lines, and forehead muscles contribute to frown lines.
How are facial wrinkles formed?
Facial wrinkles are produced for several reasons including years of repeated facial reactions. Additionally, facial wrinkles are also caused by cellular changes as part of the aging process, collagen reduction, exposure to the sun (such as free radicals), and environmental issues that cause damage to facial features. Frowning or making funny faces, causes the muscles between the eyebrows to move together. This contraction makes the skin fold. When facial contracts are done consistently over time, permanent lines are formed. The same occurrence happens when a person squints, smiles, or tightens their lips; the lines become permanent. Also, as people age, the skin on the face begins to loosen, which will also deepen facial lines.
How Does BOTOX eliminate facial lines?
By injecting BOTOX, the muscles causing facial lines are temporarily relaxed and the cells reduce activity, which allows the skin to fill in lines and enhance facial appearance. Our doctors inject BOTOX into specific muscles contributing to facial lines, which are determined during an initial consultation. By injecting muscles, BOTOX disrupts nerve signals that feed the muscles, restricting the muscle from contracting. When this happens, the muscles are essentially relaxing to allow the skin to fill the deep creases in the skin that make lines, creating a smoother look over crow’s feet lines.
What Can Else Can BOTOX Be Used For?
While BOTOX has a reputation for being used for cosmetic purposes, it is used for a wide variety of different reasons as well. For various kinds of muscle spasms and disorders, including ones relating to your eyes, jaw, and limbs, injecting BOTOX can be very helpful for taking care of symptoms. BOTOX can even be used for those with excessive sweat (aka hyperhidrosis), as the injection will be able to limit the sweat glands in question. This is especially the case when topical creams and other forms of medication do not work for you.
What are Fillers?
On the other end of the spectrum of cosmetic injections are fillers. Using molecules that can come from various collagens and acids—including one’s own transplanted fat—fillers quite literally fill up spots on one’s body where skin may be looking a bit flat or thin. The injected material’s job is to lift the skin and make it appear more “filled.” Unlike Botox, which usually does not last longer than a few months, fillers can last half a year or even multiple years.
What Can Fillers Be Used For?
Fillers have a much more specific aim than BOTOX, and this means their use is a bit limited to areas of the body that people would want to be fuller. Cheeks, for example, are a very popular part of the face that people get filler injections for. Considering how thin one’s cheeks can get, it’s very understandable why it’s among the most popular places for fillers. Lips are another popular area, as some people want fuller lips or think their lips are just a bit too thin.
However, fillers can also be used to smooth out wrinkles around the eyes and other parts of the face. What’s most notable about this is that fillers can take care of wrinkles that BOTOX cannot. BOTOX is used for natural lines created over time from actions the body naturally does (such as facial expressions). Meanwhile, fillers can smooth out wrinkles created by natural sagging and drooping found on parts of the body. This, of course, is because of their obvious differences: BOTOX freezes cells to achieve smoothness, while fillers “fill up” areas that have lost volume to do the same.
Do I Need BOTOX or Fillers?
Whether you need BOTOX or fillers is determined by your needs and wants with regards to cosmetics. If you want to smooth out wrinkles and lines on your face, these procedures can come highly recommended to you. What’s more, BOTOX and fillers rarely produce serious side-effects, so they are relatively safe for those looking for some rejuvenation.
It should also not be overlooked how helpful BOTOX can be for those that have more serious medical conditions. Muscle pains such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) can cause headaches, and if they aren’t doing that, then they can cause extreme pain within the mouth. By injecting BOTOX in the joint of the jaws, TMJ symptoms can decrease drastically.
It’s also important to remember that, whether for medical or cosmetic reasons, if you are interested in BOTOX or fillers, you will have to go back to the doctor who did the injections for you semi-regularly. This is especially true for BOTOX since the effects do not last more than a few months. This is fine for those who want BOTOX for a very temporary period, but for those who want to keep it long term, expect a few trips to your doctor per year.
How Much Does BOTOX Cost?
After your consultation, the doctors at Mango Clinic will discuss your injection options, the best location on your body to inject to achieve your desired look, and establish an individualized injection plan that fits your schedule. Depending on the area you would want to treat, a doctor will recommend a number of treatments that will be required for your injections to be successful. Total cost for BOTOX may vary and greatly depend on the number of treatments required. A doctor will also consider the depth of the facial lines and skin condition prior to providing an estimated cost for your BOTOX treatment.
Schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options and learn how BOTOX can help you achieve the facial appearance you’ve been looking for. Call Mango Clinic in Miami at (305)776-2898 to schedule an appointment today.