No one wants to show signs of aging. The good news is in this day and age, you don’t have to live with those lines or wrinkles that develop in the corners of your eyes, around the mouth and lips, or across your brow.
Thanks to advances in minimally invasive facial plastic surgery procedures, men and women of all ages are taking a second-look at cosmetic procedures to regain their youthful appearances. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports an overall growth in cosmetic surgery for the third consecutive year.
If you are ’30-something, you probably can already see the first wrinkles forming around the corners of your eyes, especially if you are prone to squinting or smiling or your wrinkles are related to other contributing factors like smoking and sun exposure. These dynamic wrinkles are commonly referred to as crow’s feet. Unfortunately, this sagging or wrinkled skin has nothing to do with your toes and, instead, can be noticeable to everyone – most importantly, you.
BOTOX® applications have become one of the most popular methods for treating crow’s feet. Since FDA approval a decade ago, BOTOX® has been making wrinkles as rare as cavities. BOTOX® reduces muscle movements that cause wrinkles by temporarily blocking signals from the nerves to afflicted areas. When muscle movement is reduced, wrinkles tend to relax and soften.
However, as effective as BOTOX® can be for treating crow’s feet, there are cases where lines are so severe that some remnant of them remains even after treatment. In addition, static lines cannot be treated successfully with BOTOX®. That’s why a growing number of healthcare professionals will opt for a combination of treatments that involve BOTOX® injections and advanced facial fillers. This combination is being used to successfully treat the brow and forehead areas as well as lines near the mouth, lips and smile lines.
Dermal fillers are products that act as the word indicates. They are injected under the skin along creases and grooves to fill – or lift – depressed areas like the crow’s feet and, in many instances, even stimulate collagen loss caused by natural aging.
Belotero® is one of the more talked about dermal fillers among healthcare practitioners today. Made of hyaluronic acid and FDA-approved in 2011, Belotero® integrates into your skin and molds to your distinct features so that lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth are plumped up so that they look and feel natural.
Most of these dermal filler treatments – like Belotero® – can take less time than the average lunch break to perform. Even better, you can see the results for yourself almost immediately. Some patients will even be able to return to daily routines just as quick. But, all of you will leave with added confident and radiant appearances. After several months to a year, you may want to check back for additional touch-up treatments.
It is important for you to remember that BOTOX® is still the most effective answer for reducing deep forehead creases and brow lines between the eyebrows. On the other hand, Belotero is best suited for fine lines and areas around the corners of your eyes and lips. Naturally, then, it is easy to see why a combination of the treatments work hand-in-hand as an anti-aging option. The decision is up to you and your doctor.
In the meantime, you can prevent new crow’s feet from forming by avoiding the sun when possible or by wearing hats, sunglasses or applying sun block to exposed areas of your body. It’s also a good idea to use moisturizers with SPF routinely. We highly recommended PCASkin®m which is available in the office.
Perhaps, it is time for you to face facts. Procedures that combine BOTOX® and dermal fillers like Belotero® have proven records. Look at the testimonials from patients. Then look at yourself. Age no longer needs to be something to fret about if you let aging become a thing of the past.
If you would like more information on what Belotero® and BOTOX®can do for you, Dr. Buckingham of the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, can provide you with consultation including available options. Call today at (512) 401-2500.