It’s the holiday season, and that means wanting to look your best through every champagne cocktail, family gathering, and last minute gift wrapping session. We see a huge spike in patients coming to the office in December looking for a quick fix that will help them look years younger in minutes. While we always recommend starting early for the best results, here are some handy tips on the injectable treatments that will help you look more rested and youthful right away.
Why Botox Might Not Be Enough
Most patients who come into the office have a strong idea of what they ‘want’ and ‘should’ get to achieve a youthful, stress-free and rested appearance. They’ve heard of Botox® because their friends get it, or because it’s the most widely known ‘anti-aging’ injectable that feels familiar and ‘known’.
But few patients understand how different injectables work in conjunction to create the natural and rejuvenated look they’re after. Botox temporarily paralyzes the underlying facial muscles of the skin to soften repetitive motions that create more permanent creases and furrows (frown lines, laughter lines, crow’s feet etc.). And yes, this will make a difference towards diminishing the lines that give away your age. However, what patients often don’t see when they focus on their lines and wrinkles is that volume loss is what is truly making them ‘look old’. When we’re young, our skin looks plumped and ‘full’. It’s the most familiar sign of youth that starts when we’re babies and stays with us until our collagen and elastin production starts to decline in our mid-20s. That’s why any cosmetic dermatologist who knows what they’re doing will focus on volume replenishment to give you back that youthful lift. The type of filler that’s best for you will vary depending on your age, face shape and goals. For deeper mid-face lines and wrinkles, your dermatologist may recommend hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane. For fine marionette lines (as around the mouth), Volbella can do wonders.
Botox and Filler Create Complementary Results
Together, Botox and fillers create balance in the face. From diminishing exaggerated movement that can aggravate lines and wrinkles to replenishing critical volume that will fill in the hollows, wrinkles and facial grooves you’d rather do without, both of these injectables work hard for longer lasting and complementary results.
A Youthful Appearance Starts Early
Our cosmetic dermatology practice can do great things so that you look your best for every gala and event this season, but as with everything else, the best results take time. Speak with our team about your longterm goals so that we can create a treatment plan that will work for now and in the months ahead. A little maintenance that occurs more often can prevent the need for major work all at once and produces more gradual, natural results. And who doesn’t want that?