Botox & Dermal Fillers

Botox is used for dynamic wrinkles (those you see when you are making facial expressions but that disappear otherwise) of the upper face, where dermal fillers are often used for static wrinkles (wrinkles that are visible when face is relaxed) and to plump areas of the lower face (ie. cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips, etc.).

Both can and often are used in combination to achieve clients’ facial aesthetic goals. One is not better or more effective than the other. Rather, the treatment choice depends on what corrections and improvements are desired by the client.

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX) is a neurotoxic protein that prevents the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine from the axon end of a motor neuron. This action thereby prevents muscle contraction which results in relaxed facial muscles. This treatment effectively reduces lines, wrinkles and the appearance of an aged face, while avoiding surgery.

Botox injections do not require any down/recovery time and for the most part, are quite painless. Effects are temporary, usually lasting about 3-6 months depending on your metabolism, and frequency of treatments may be reduced over time as a result of the muscles weakening.

Commonly treated areas include:

  • Forehead Lines
  • Frown Lines (11’s)
  • Eyebrow Lift
  • Bunny Lines (nasalis area)
  • Crows Feet (around the corners of the eyes)
  • Under Eye Lines

What are Dermal Fillers and how do they work?

At Restore Medi Spa, we use hyaluronic acid (HA) based fillers. HA is a carbohydrate (polysaccharide) that naturally occurs in the human body and provides moisture, plumpness and fullness to the skin. It does this via binding with and absorbing water to any given area. As we age this carbohydrate decreases. HA is commonly used in the cosmetic industry to reduce wrinkles and lines and rejuvenate the skin. It is also used for other purposes such as providing cushioning in the joints for disorders such as osteoarthritis.

Aside from the improved visual changes in appearance, hyaluronic acid fillers also cause more elasticity in the skin and make it feel softer. There are low and high cross-linked dermal fillers. The former usually last 3-6 months and the latter can last 6-12 months or even longer. On average dermal fillers will last 4-8 months, therefore follow up treatments are recommended around every 6-12 months.

Commonly treated areas include:

  • Lid Cheek (under eye)
  • Cheeks
  • Lips & Lip Lines
  • Nasolabial Folds (smile lines)
  • Marionette Lines (mouth corners)

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