Returning Volume with Dermal Fillers
- Posted on: Sep 15 2019
At Creative Image Laser Solutions, we often have patients lump Botox along with dermal fillers such as Restylane. All they have in common is that they are injectable.
At Creative Image, we offer a number of dermal fillers to return volume to sunken areas and to erase wrinkles. Here’s some more information.
What’s the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?
Botox and Dysport (we carry both of these) are classified as neuromodulators. They are both made basically from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. Back in the early 1950s scientists discovered that when a miniscule amount of the toxin was injected into a muscle it stopped that muscle from contracting for a period of time. Botox arose directly from that research.
Neuromodulators work by blocking the nerve messages that are sent from a muscle to the brain. Since the brain never receives the message to contract the muscle, the muscle stays at rest. So, how does this have anything to do with wrinkles? On the upper third of the face, the expressive area, wrinkles form when we make certain expressions thousands and thousands of times over the years. These are expressions such as frowning, showing surprise, squinting, and the like. As the skin thins with age, wrinkles form on the surface skin above the wrinkle. These are known as dynamic wrinkles.
When Botox or Dysport is injected into a wrinkle forming, say, crow’s feet, the botulinum toxin keeps the muscle from contracting, so the wrinkle doesn’t form. Neuromodulators work on crow’s feet, the 11s between the brows, and on forehead lines.
Dermal fillers are true to their name — when injected beneath a wrinkle or area of volume loss (such as the cheeks) they simply “fill” in the space, pushing the skin back upward. They work on the other type of wrinkle, static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are the result of sun damage, personal habits, declining collagen production, and other things. Unlike like dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles have nothing to do with muscle contractions.
There are natural fillers and synthetic fillers. Natural fillers are made predominantly from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human skin that is responsible for plumping and firming the skin. Hyaluronic acid does this by binding with nearby water molecules. We offer the natural fillers Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane.
Synthetic fillers, such as Radiesse, are made from other materials. Radiesse is an aqueous gel with calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in it. The gel first fills the area injected. But the real results come from the calcium microspheres. Their presence under the skin stimulates the body to produce new collagen for months after its injection. This firms and thickens the skin, making it smoother and younger looking, and erasing wrinkles and lines. We offer Radiesse for our patients, along with the other dermal fillers.
Could you use the benefits provided by our dermal fillers? Call us at Creative Image Laser Solutions, (325) 641-1927, and set up a consultation.
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