It’s National Healthy Skin Month, and it’s a time to celebrate the remarkable qualities of our skin and to help it look its best each day. But heredity, environment, and gravity can all take a toll on our skin, making us look older than we feel — even if we take the best possible care of it.
Fortunately, there are some non-invasive options that can give you a youthful boost. But how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Some people swear by Botox®, while others may tout the benefits of fillers like Juvederm® or Radiesse®.
All of these treatments have their own methods to combat signs of aging. Although they can be used to complement each other, they are not interchangeable. There are some key differences between these types of treatments that you need to know before you make a decision. Depending on your individual needs and preferences, one may be better for you than another. To help you decide, here are some facts about each:
- If your concern is lines from the eyes on up, Botox may work well for you. It works by relaxing muscles that cause lines around the eyes (crow’s feet), as well as forehead lines and the creases in between the eyebrows. When the muscles in the targeted area are relaxed, wrinkles begin to diminish. The results last several months, and treatments can be repeated when the effects wear off. A Botox appointment is typically very quick, and you can see results within just a few days.
- Fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse replace lost volume in the face, which is helpful for lines in the nose and mouth area (such as the nasolabial folds). Juvederm works by replacing lost hyaluronic acid in the skin, giving it a more youthful look and feel. Radiesse stimulates your skin to produce more collagen, giving it a more voluminous appearance and smoothing nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Both fillers can produce results that last several months or longer and side effects are minimal.
- If you’re looking for a more complete facial rejuvenation, combining a filler with Botox may be a good option. Because they work differently and target different areas of the face, the treatments can complement each other, smoothing lines and wrinkles on both your upper and lower face.
- If you’re considering one of these options, be sure to use a board certified plastic surgeon’s practice. A nurse injector who is experienced in these treatments will likely do the procedure in these cases. The provider’s technique and expertise are important factors in getting the best possible results from your fillers or Botox. Some of the physicians at Monarch Plastic Surgery also enjoy injecting and are available for the procedure.
Ready to improve your appearance and give your skin a youthful glow? Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center offers a multitude of treatments to help you put your best face forward. Request a consultation to find out more about these and the many other treatments we offer.