Botox targets the dynamic wrinkles that form from skin movement. Dermal Fillers work on static wrinkles. The following paragraphs discuss the mechanisms by which these two compounds work to mitigate dynamic and static wrinkles.
Botox and Dynamic Wrinkles
The facial movements that are a part of everyday life contribute to the aging process. Repeatedly frowning, for example, can cause deep furrows to form in the shape of an “11” between the brows.
Unfortunately, being happy and avoiding frowning is not sufficient for staving off dynamic wrinkles. Even the act of smiling can result in crow’s feet that appear outside the eyes and parentheses-shaped wrinkles that form between the nose and upper lip.
The horizontal lines that appear on the forehead stem largely from raising the eyebrows up and down. Apart from being catatonic, few natural ways exist to prevent dynamic wrinkles.
Botox works by relaxing the muscles that trigger random facial movements. The practitioner injects the medicine directly into the muscle with an insulin syringe in a procedure that takes 15 minutes or less.
Within a few days, the compound goes to work, and the muscles begin to move less and less. As facial expressions decrease, the lines formed by them start to fade. The effects of Botox can last up to six months, though most users are ready for their next set of injections after three to four months.
Dermal Fillers and Static Wrinkles
Some lines form not from making facial impressions but simply from the skin losing collagen and elasticity over time. Since curtailing facial expressions does not help with wrinkles that were not caused by movement to begin with, treatments that work on the underlying muscles cannot help with static wrinkles.
Dermal Fillers, which fill the spaces where lines have formed in the skin, offer the best treatment for static wrinkles. Rather than lasting three to six months before a subsequent treatment is needed, Dermal Fillers provide results for at least nine to 12 months. Some providers even offer a premium version that works for 18 to 24 months.
Injections of hyaluronic acid go into the crevices where the skin has wrinkled; these injections fill in the wrinkles. This process does not eliminate wrinkles, but it does make them harder to see. It also creates an appearance of plumpness and fullness in the skin that often declines with age.
Dermal Fillers offer assorted benefits beyond mitigating wrinkles, as well. They can enhance certain facial features, such as cheekbones and jawlines. The injection process is quick and relatively painless. Results are apparent immediately after the injections are complete.
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