As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement. As wrinkles increase, many Tampa patients seek ways to look younger with dermal fillers and Botox. If you are aging faster than you like, there are several methods available to reduce wrinkles without surgery or downtime.
Look Younger without Surgery or Downtime
Every day movements like smiling, chewing and squinting begin to create wrinkles and creases that permanently etch our age into our faces. In Tampa, the effects of sun exposure have an especially marked influence on how we age. The underlying tissue that keeps our skin looking youthful begins to break down. We are left with laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet and creases in the places where we have the most movement. Injectable fillers and Botox are one way that cosmetic surgeons are able to keep aging at bay. These injectable products can be used to treat just specific portions of the face, such as crow’s feet or frown lines, or be used as an injectable facelift to repair facial lines across a wider area.
An injectable facelift is a facelift that is done without surgery. A “liquid facelift” or non-surgical facelift involves the use of dermal fillers to reduce wrinkles and facial lines, producing a more youthful look. These procedures promise a more youthful appearance with no downtime, no anesthesia and no cutting. Although they can’t help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. Dermal fillers can also be used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as injections of Botox to create a natural-looking result that lasts for up to a year. More and more youth-seekers are using Botox combined with dermal fillers to plump up, fill in and re-contour the face.
Reduce Wrinkles and Look Younger within Days
It is important to know that not all injectable dermal fillers are created equal, and each has specific purposes for which it is best suited. Dr. Castellano, a double-board certified cosmetic surgeon and expert in the use of dermal fillers and Botox, will often recommend the use of dermal fillers or Botox to reduce minor to moderate wrinkles. “These treatments work well for many patients that are just showing the beginning signs of aging or for those that are not yet ready to consider a surgical solution. In some cases, the use of Botox can help prevent new wrinkles from forming.” As with any cosmetic procedure, it is critical to work with a well- qualified medical professional with years of experience in the use of injectables. The key for a successful outcome depends more on the skill of the person administering the products, rather than in the substance itself. It is important that the fillers or Botox are injected in the correct location and in the right dosage in order to maintain a naturally younger appearance.
There are many different injectable options available and each has unique advantages. For many treatments, Dr. Castellano may recommend one of the following: Radiesse, Juvederm or Botox. “These products have all been available to patients for a long time… they are each safe and effective when used by an experienced injector. There are many other options that are also beneficial, but these three tend to be the ones we use most frequently at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery.”
Three Products to Help You Look Younger
Radiesse is made from calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. Radiesse provides both immediate and extended results because it stimulates production of collagen and encourages tissue regeneration. It is most commonly used for the smoothing of nasolabial folds and marionette lines, for cheek augmentation, and to plump up sunken areas below the eyes. Radiesse is one of the longest lasting dermal fillers on the market and can treat larger wrinkles and furrows or add volume to counteract the effects of aging.
Juvederm is a dermal filler used to fill and smooth minor to moderate facial wrinkles and folds. It is available in modified versions which are useful for adding volume to lift and contour the face. Juvederm is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the body that helps maintain skin volume and hydration as well as joint lubrication and cushioning. Hyaluronic acid retains moisture, absorbing more than 1,000 times its weight in water. It also binds with collagen and elastin, transporting essential nutrients to these fibers which make up much of the support structure of the skin. Juvederm will not last as long as Radiesse but will provide a smoother, supple appearance so is used for fine lines such as those that form around the mouth (such as lipstick lines).
Botox is among the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. Over the years, the use of this powerful drug has been perfected, and now specialists can use it with great precision. Botox works by blocking signals from the brain to muscles in the face. When those muscles contract, they crease the skin, creating the fine lines and wrinkles that show age. Wrinkles around the eyes, the forehead, and mouth can be softened and even eliminated by Botox. New scientific studies confirm that the combination of injectable fillers with Botox produces a result that is far superior and longer lasting than either one alone.
Are there risks to using injectable dermal fillers and Botox?
When injectable dermal fillers and Botox are administered by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor in nature. However, there are rare reactions in some patients so all treatments should be done in an accredited medical facility. Always consult with a cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Castellano of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, before making the decision to have dermal fillers, Botox or any cosmetic procedure. The doctor will assess your needs and your overall health, and recommend one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desire results.
If you would like to erase years from your face, please call to schedule a complimentary consultation at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to determine the best treatment for your skin type and degree of aging. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Dominic Castellano is a highly respected and experienced plastic surgeon. His medical team is highly trained and specializes in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, like the injectable facelift. Call (813)975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information. (www.EliteTampa.com)