BOTOX Cosmetic is an FDA-approved wrinkle relaxer. This treatment is non-invasive and requires no surgery or anesthesia. BOTOX injections are administered through very small needles, which means little to no discomfort for the patient.
The most popular areas for BOTOX are the lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal forehead lines, and the crow's feet at the edges of the eyes. BOTOX may also be used in other areas to provide a minor lifting effect.
BOTOX is placed directly into the muscles that cause wrinkles. Those muscles become partially paralyzed, making them unable to keep reinforcing the wrinkles. Although the muscles are technically paralyzed, it's important for patients to know that they're still able to move their face -- it just takes more effort.
No, BOTOX isn’t meant to correct volume issues. Deep folds like the nasolabial folds at the corners of the mouth occur due to volume loss. While BOTOX can smooth away lines, it can't provide the plumping needed to lift the folds up. For this type of correction, dermal fillers like Restylane are ideal.
Restylane is a dermal filler that can be used to correct volume issues in the face. It's most often used in the nasolabial folds and the lips, but it can also be used in other areas where additional volume is needed. Restylane is made from synthetic hyaluronic acid, a formula which is identical to the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. Because Restylane is made from a material which is readily accepted by the body, there are no concerns about allergic reactions. Restylane provides an immediate volume change in the areas where it's injected. In most patients, Restylane lasts for around 4-6 months.
Yes, BOTOX and Restylane can be used at the same time. In fact, the 2 products mesh very well. Many people experience both facial wrinkles and volume loss as they age, and the combination of BOTOX and Restylane can correct both issues at one time.