Top 10 questions about wrinkles
Why do I get wrinkles on my face as I grow older and what can I do to remove them and make my face look young again?
A. Wrinkles and lines around the eyes and mouth are the natural result of aging as our skin loses strength, elasticity and natural fats. The two most popular ways of removing them use cosmetic agents that are injected into the muscles.
Botox is a protein that causes the muscles that have formed into wrinkles to relax and smooth out.
HA or Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced in the body. It repairs skin tissue and improves skin elasticity and firmness.
What’s the difference between Botox and HA?
A. Both anti-aging treatments have different effects and can be used together as part of a complete facial restoration.
Botox relaxes muscles that have become fixed as lines and folds in the face from constant, long term use in the way we smile, frown or squint. Botox is used to treat these expression lines and so is recommended for the top part of the face – the forehead, around the eyes and the area between the eyebrows above the nose.
HA restores fatty volume and strength to areas that have lost their natural HA due of aging. This treatment is recommended for the lower portion of the face – cheeks, mouth, chin and jawline.
How long do these anti-wrinkle sessions last?
A. One Botox session takes 5 to 10 minutes.
An HA session takes an average of 20 to 30 minutes. Treatment timing and effects can vary depending on the sensitivity of the individual and the area being treated.
How long do the effects last?
A. Botox treatments last from 3 to 6 months. The first treatment lasts 3 to 4 months. The effects of follow up sessions usually last longer – about 5 to 6 months.
HA treatments will keep the face firm for 6 months to 2 years depending on the area being treated and quantity being injected. However, the effects of injections into the lips are not as lasting because they move more than any other part of our face and muscle movement uses HA.
After treatment, how can I make the results last for the longest possible time?
A. There are several ways to protect your skin against.
Avoid any prolonged exposure of your bare skin to the sun’s light and the UV rays of tanning salons. Cigarette smoke and dry air also age the skin prematurely.
Properly hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer to help heal and protect it after treatments.
Carefully select your clinic and doctor. A poorly trained physician may use improper quantities of the injectable substances causing after effects.
Have realistic expectations. Everyone sees facial beauty differently and asking a physician to over-inject may cause unnecessary problems.
Why do some people look frozen following their injections?
A. This is caused by over dosage. Clients sometimes insist on being given a little too much and there are doctors who allow it. The client must display good judgment.
When should I not use these wrinkle treatment?
A. Although both products have been used for a combined total of 75 years without any reported problems, it is recommended as a precaution that women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid treatments. The same precaution is urged for anyone with neurological disorders that effect muscle contraction. In rare cases people can experience an allergic reaction.
Are there any side effects?
A. In less than 1% of cases, Botox treatments cause a sagging of the upper eyelid and this temporary reaction can be treated. Other possible side effects from the injection may include: bruises, sensitivity or redness around the injection site and minor occasional headaches.
Redness, swelling or bruises around the injection site may also occur after an HA session. In rare cases, a badly administered injection may cause sores or skin ulcers.
When should I start anti-wrinkle treatments?
A. The average age of clients seeking these treatments is between 35 and 65.
What are the costs of these anti-wrinkle treatments?
A. Depending on the area being treated a Botox session costs $300-$500 on average, while an HA sessions averages $500-$1,000.
Always find a reputable physician and consider your options before treatment.