The weather in Tampa is still humid, but now is the time to think about how to reduce wrinkles and improve your appearance before the holidays are here again. While it is tempting to put off any thoughts of holiday parties, now is the time to plan if you want to reduce wrinkles prior to seeing friends and family.
Reduce Wrinkles by Thanksgiving
In many cases, it is easy to reduce wrinkles and look more refreshed without having any major facial surgery. Dermal fillers and Botox are a great way to erase facial lines or fill in crevasses in time for holiday pictures. Dermal fillers and Botox are “injectables” which means that they are injected into the skin around the treatment area. These work in different ways to help either relax facial muscles or to plump up the wrinkle from beneath the skin. Sometimes they are used together to provide the desired effect.
Botox works by calming the underlying facial muscles that create wrinkles in the first place. Once injected, Botox will paralyze the muscle and allow the skin to become smooth on top. Not only does this help to erase facial lines that already exist, but can also help to prevent new crinkles from forming while the drug is in effect. According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano of the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Botox is a very safe treatment when used by a well-qualified practitioner working in an accredited medical facility. Botox is often used to treat wrinkles around the eyes, in the forehead and sometimes around the mouth. It can last up to 3 to 6 months before another injection is required to deliver the same effect.
Dermal Fillers Reduce Wrinkles from Within
Dermal Fillers, on the other hand, work by adding volume back into the skin tissue to fill in lines or deeper furrows. These injectable fillers include several different brands that vary in their formula, thickness and term of effectiveness. For example, Juvederm and Belotero are considered more “subtle” says Dr. Dominic. These smooth gel fillers work great in the small lines around the lips (known as smoker lines or lipstick lines) but the larger grooves around the mouth (marionette lines and nasolabial folds) may require a “thicker,” longer-lasting filler such as Radiesse to provide the best results. A good plastic surgeon can help determine which product is best to treat your area of concern and help you look refreshed before holiday visits.
Both dermal fillers and Botox take only a matter of days or a week for the full results to take effect and can last for several months after the injection. These treatments are considered non-invasive and generally require no downtime from work or other activities. While considered extremely safe, it is best to have the injections done by a well-trained medical technician working under the direction of a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. This is because of the importance of delivering the Botox or filler to exactly the right place on the face and to administer the perfect dosage. A plastic surgeon is often best because of their knowledge of facial muscles and the aesthetic vision to help create the most pleasing and natural appearance.
Reduce Wrinkles before Holidays are Here
Some patients ask why they should treat wrinkles now rather than wait until the week before the holiday. Dr. Dominic advises that the treatment be planned a few weeks to a month prior to the holiday or event for best results. Some patients may experience minor bruising or soreness, or some swelling, immediately following the injections so leave a little time for bruise to dissipate if one occurs. Also while fillers will start to work within days, they tend to “settle” at around the two week mark. This means that the gel of the dermal filler evens out and has “finds its place” within the skin tissue. Usually patients report that they look and feel more natural a few weeks past the injections.
If you are interested in reducing wrinkles, please contact the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation. At that time, we can provide you with more information about which treatment would best benefit you and answer all your questions. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of expert plastic surgeon, Dr. Dominic M. Castellano. Please contact us as (813) 975-3223 to schedule your free initial consultation or go to our website at www.EliteTampa.com for more information.