Cosmetic Patient Education for Botox and Fillers

Most patients seek injectable treatments because they want to look and feel younger without the downtime and risks of surgery. Botox and dermal fillers both provide facial rejuvenation through injections, but they have different correction capabilities.

Botox is a common technique used to erase facial creases and wrinkles. It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.

Botox inhibits muscle contractions by blocking nerve signals. Using a fine needle, Botox is injected into the selected muscle resulting in a relaxed and softened appearance on the surface.

Wrinkles surrounding the eyes, known as crow’s feet, and frown lines are typical areas where people choose to get Botox. Deep forehead lines, smile creases and lip lines are also common places where Botox is used.

Before your Botox procedure, you will have a consultation with your Botox professional, outlining how you should prepare for Botox. One week before your procedure, avoid alcohol. Two weeks prior, be sure to stop using aspirin and medications that are anti-inflammatory. These specific measures will help to reduce bruising post treatment.

Botox injections last 3-5 months. After the procedure, muscle movement will slowly return to the treated areas over the coming months. As you receive regular Botox injections, your muscles will be trained to relax more, and the treatment will last a little longer.

Bruising is the most common side effect but will dissipate within a few weeks. Headaches are rare but may last one to two days. Some patients experience an eyelid droop which will stop within a few weeks. This occurs as the Botox moves around and gets settled. Be mindful of the treated area and refrain from rubbing or touching it for 12 hours. Also, be sure not to lie down within the first hour after the procedure.

Botox is FDA approved, but if you have certain conditions, you should not get the procedure. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease, your doctor will tell you to not receive Botox treatments.

The price will vary depending on the units needed to achieve the desired results. Each unit is $10. Be sure to ask about promotions, discounts and package deals that may be applicable at the time of your consultation.

Dermal fillers restore facial volume to the face without surgery, to correct fat loss that occurs with age. Many temporary fillers (like Juvederm) are made of hyaluronic acid and can be used to treat the nasolabial folds, lips, temples and under the eyes. Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a natural substance in the body that delivers volume to the skin. Modified HA is the main ingredient behind Juvederm.

Before your treatment, you will have a consultation with a professional, outlining how you should prepare for your dermal filler injections. This includes avoiding alcohol for 24 hours pre and post treatment. Also, one week prior to your injections, be sure to stop using aspirin and other blood thinners such as ibuprofen and Vitamin E. Some professionals suggest avoiding certain food supplements such as fish oil, liquorice, garlic, ginger, ginkgo and green tea as well. These specific measures will help to reduce bruising post treatment.

As in many cases; it depends on the type of dermal filler you’re using. Some dermal fillers can last for six to twelve months, while other dermal fillers can las up to five years.

The most commonly reported side effects with Juvederm injectable gels include: injection-site redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, discoloration and itching. Most side effects are expected to last 14 days or less, however, some cases can last up to 30 days.

Any cosmetic treatment carries some minimal risk. However, Botox and dermal fillers have undergone rigorous testing to obtain FDA-approval. Do not use these products if you have a history of multiple-severe allergies or severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), or if you are allergic to lidocaine or the Gram-positive bacterial proteins used in these products.

The price will vary depending on 1) the type of (Juvederm) filler used and 2) the units needed to achieve the desired results. See price table below. Be sure to ask about promotions, discounts and package deals that may be applicable at the time of your consultation.

Filler Type Per Syringe (0.5ml or 1ml) Cost per Syringe Suggested area for treatment using this filler
Ultra And Ultra

Plus

1ml $677 Lips and Perioral area
Volbella 0.5ml & 1ml $398 & $730 Lips and Perioral area
Vollure 1ml $730 Facial tissue (nasolabial folds)
Voluma 1ml $808 Cheek area

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https://www.facialworks.com/blog/botox/botox-commonly-asked-questions/
https://www.juvederm.com/volume-loss