09 October 2015
People who want to rejuvenate their face without having to go through plastic surgery can turn to injections of filling products. Before choosing your anti-wrinkle treatment, here's what you need to know about hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin, two solutions that can quickly and significantly slow the effects of time on your face and neck.
Botox, which is one of the trade names for botulinum toxin, is used to reduce or prevent the appearance of wrinkles, mainly forehead wrinkles, lion's wrinkles and crow's feet wrinkles, which are caused by the action of the subcutaneous muscles on the face responsible for expression. The principle of botulinum toxin is to block muscle contraction in order to smooth the skin of the face but also the neck and nape. It is a product that can go deep enough in each wrinkle to act on the underlying muscle by relaxing it.
The effect of Botox takes a few days to set in. It takes a maximum of 2 weeks to see the results: expression lines are reduced, the face looks younger without changing the facial expression. The action of Botox is 6 months on average but it is recommended to repeat the injections every 4 months during the first year of treatment. In some cases, the duration of action is longer. Over time, the facial muscles relax, the patient loses the habit of facial expressions that caused the appearance of wrinkles, and the injections can be spaced.
Hyaluronic acid is preferred by aesthetic surgeons, especially when it comes to treating structural wrinkles, which are mainly located in the lower part of the face. In this part of the face, it is essential to keep expressions such as smiling and those related to speech. Like botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid is injected into the parts to be treated. However, the product fills in wrinkles, without reaching the underlying muscles.
Hyaluronic acid is a product that is used to fill in wrinkles or restore volume, and thus reduce the signs of time, whether at eye level (dark circles, valley of tears), on the face or even on the hands...
The effect of hyaluronic acid is immediate. The result can therefore be assessed directly. The action of hyaluronic acid is on average for a period of 10 months. Sometimes, the duration of action is longer and can be up to 14 months depending on the injection sites and the patient's metabolism.
Botox and hyaluronic acid are two complementary treatments. Hyaluronic acid is the treatment of the symptom, i. e. the wrinkle, and its injection allows the filling of this wrinkle. Botox is the treatment for the cause of this symptom. This second product is injected deeper into the muscle, thus avoiding the appearance of this wrinkle or causing its attenuation. This is why it is not uncommon for botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid to be used together depending on the area of the face to be treated, for a natural result. Over time, filling injections can be spaced, hence the importance of using these techniques in prevention, before wrinkles are actually installed, and thus delaying surgery.
The injection of hyaluronic acid and botox has been practiced for many years, it is common and safe. However, it requires a precise knowledge of the anatomy of the face. It is a strictly medical procedure that must be performed by a specialist. Plastic surgeons are of course authorised to practice Botox and hyaluronic acid injections as well as dermatologists, and doctors who have acquired a particular competence in aesthetic medicine.
Before deciding to have these treatments performed, make sure that the practitioner you are talking to is qualified.
If you would like the advice of a beauty specialist, we invite you to make an appointment now for a consultation with your Anti-Aging Medicine professional.