New York Eye and Face Oculoplastic Surgery
Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon located in West Harrison, NY
Botox and Fillers Q&A
What is Botox?
Botox is a substance derived from botulinum toxin that acts on nerve function and has both medical and aesthetic purposes.
Naturally occurring botulinum toxins are substances that work by modulating your nerves (neuromodulators), specifically the nerves that control muscle function. The result is a weakening of muscle contractions.
For cosmetic purposes, New York Eye and Face Oculoplastic Surgery offers Botox to reduce wrinkling. Wrinkles result from repetitive muscle contractions, so by weakening the strength of these contractions, it's possible to reduce the prominence of your wrinkles.
Your provider can also target specific facial muscles to improve your appearance – for example, to raise your eyebrow position.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers most commonly contain hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in tissues and joints. Fillers work by providing structural support and volume in areas where you have hollows, creases, or drooping. Some common areas you can treat with fillers include:
- The nasolabial fold
- Lower eyelid-cheek junction
Dermal fillers come in various forms. While they mainly contain hyaluronic acid, the composition and structure of each filler vary significantly. As a result, your doctor can use different products to address a range of cosmetic concerns. Products used include Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®.
What happens when I have Botox and fillers?
Your highly-trained provider administers Botox in the office setting. The treatment involves having a series of injections using a very fine needle into specific points on your face. The process takes less than five minutes to complete but requires great precision and an in-depth understanding of how much Botox to use for optimal results.
Occasionally, you might develop bruising or redness after your Botox treatment, but this should fade within a few days. Botox starts to work about three days after your treatment, with maximum effect achieved in about a week.
Fillers are also in-office treatments. Before the injection, you can apply a numbing cream to your skin to minimize discomfort. Your doctor injects the filler material with either a needle or cannula.
Immediate side effects may include redness, swelling, and bruising. You should see an improvement right after your treatment that continues over the following few days.
How long do the results of Botox and fillers last?
To maintain your results, you should undergo Botox treatments approximately every three months, although treatment intervals can vary between patients. Filler treatments typically last for at least a year, though again, this varies.
To benefit from his expertise in using Botox and fillers, call New York Eye and Face Oculoplastic Surgery today or book an appointment online.