If you can see fine lines in your face without making any expression, it’s time to see an aesthetician – yes, even if you’re in your 20s. There are several factors that can cause facial lines and wrinkles—including age, genetics, and repetitive facial movements. To preserve a youthful appearance, it’s best to get ahead of the aging process rather than chase wrinkles one by one, says Natasha Rockett, RN, an injector with Sona Dermatology & MedSpa. “I usually tell patients not to worry as much about what age to start Botox® and fillers, but to instead look at how and where their face is starting to show signs of aging,” she says. “Some people start getting injectables as early as 18 as a preventive measure, especially those who have spent a lot of time in the sun, and others wait until their 40s or beyond.”
Botox vs Dermal Fillers – Which Treatment is Right for You?
Botox and dermal fillers are both excellent options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Botox is an injected prescription medicine that is used to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more relaxed and refreshed appearance. Common treatment areas include between brows, forehead lines, crow’s feet and around the mouth. Dermal fillers are also injectable treatments, but these fillers work to fill creases and “plump” the skin, allowing for a more youthful appearance. Popular dermal fillers include Juvederm™, and Radiesse™, both of which can treat fine lines and wrinkles in areas such as lips, cheeks and jawline. Many times Botox and dermal fillers are used together to achieve the desired results. Your treatment provider can help determine which combination is right for you.
One of the most common concerns about all types of injectables is walking away from the appointment with an “overdone” look. “My hope is that my patients’ friends ask them what kind of skincare they’re using, and not what they’ve had done,” says Rockett. “I usually ask my patients to bring a picture of what they looked like a few years ago to mimic a younger, yet realistic, look. Beauty is a journey—not an appointment. A combination of peels, proper skincare, sunscreen, and injectables all play a role in a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.”
For any non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, the first step is finding an experienced and reputable provider you trust. Your cost will not only include the price of the product, but also the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment. Whether you choose Botox, dermal fillers, or both, Sona Dermatology & MedSpa offers these tips to help you prepare for your treatment.
- Tell your provider what medications you are currently taking, any medical conditions you may have, if you have had surgery on your face or plan to do so, and if you are pregnant or nursing or plan to become pregnant or plan to nurse.
- Some patients report that being injected with Botox feels like a pinch. Your provider may use ice to numb the treatment area, and some injectables contain lidocaine which reduces the pain.
- The injection process takes about 10 to 20 minutes. You can return to work and resume normal activities immediately.
- After your treatment, you will see real, noticeable results. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to three months for Botox. You’ll notice results of dermals fillers quickly as well, with results lasting up to 12 months or more.
Consult a skin care professional today to ensure you are putting your best face forward!
Sona Dermatology & MedSpa is the largest full-service aesthetics company in the nation with four locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. Sona’s focus has always been its clients, providing them with exceptional service, efficacy, and safety in a comfortable, spa-like atmosphere. Under the oversight of medical directors, treatment professionals maintain strict safety standards and use the most advanced technology to help clients look and feel their best. As a leader in the aesthetics industry, Sona is committed to providing the best possible results. Sona Dermatology & MedSpa has been awarded the prestigious Black Diamond status by Allergan, the exclusive manufacturer of Botox and Juvederm, ranking Sona among the top 1% of providers in the country. In addition, Sona’s professional staff is expertly trained and certified by Allergan. To learn more, visit our website at www.sonaskin.com, or call 1-866-GET-SONA to schedule a free consultation.