Peter H. Grossman, MD
By Peter H. Grossman, MD
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How Botox and Face Fillers Can Change Your Whole Look

Men and women wanting a non-invasive way to change the way they look often choose face fillers such as Dysport or Botox treatment. If you’re considering either one of these options, the following information about these cosmetic treatments will help you make an informed decision.

What Are Face Fillers?

Face fillers, also called dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are chosen by individuals who want to add fullness and volume to their faces. Face fillers typically contain hyaluronic acid or other natural substances like it that essentially fill particular areas with material to make them appear fuller and smoother. Face fillers can be used if you wish to correct:

  • Wrinkles located around the mouth and forehead
  • Thin lips
  • Cheeks with a saggy appearance
  • Scars
  • Fine lines

Fillers can also restore the skin’s youthful glow and help to make the face look slimmer.

How Long Do the Results from Face Fillers Last?

Results will differ according to the product chosen. While some fillers will last between six months and one year, others can last as long as five years. Restylane and Juvéderm are two popular and effective brands of face fillers.

What Is Botox?

Botox is short for botulinum toxin, the source of bacteria. Botox injections contain minuscule amounts of the toxin. Botox cosmetic treatments are injected in the muscles, where it interrupts nerve signals. Once this occurs, the muscle is paralyzed temporarily or “frozen.” This lack of movement allows wrinkles to be reduced or smoothed and, in many cases, even eliminated. Botox can be used to correct:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Creases between the eyebrows
  • Wrinkles in the forehead

From a non-cosmetic standpoint, Botox has also been used in the successful treatment of migraines and headaches.

How Long Do the Results of Botox Last?

The results of Botox injection can last up to nine months, but several treatments are needed to maintain results. In some people, results have lasted up to four months. The latest form of botulinum toxin is sold under the name Dysport, which has been used with success in Europe for over 15 years. Dysport is approved by the FDA for use in the U.S.

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What Is Face-Slimming Botox?

This option offers another way to correct the appearance of the face. Face-slimming Botox involves injecting Botox to achieve the appearance of a slimmer face. This injection is often chosen to correct:

  • Cheeks that appear larger than the face’s jaw
  • A square jawline that appears more masculine than preferred

Face-slimming Botox is injected into the masseter muscle, which is the jaw muscle used for chewing. The injection relaxes this muscle and, over time, the muscle will shrink with the lack of movement and use, allowing the face to achieve a more proportional look.

Dr. Peter H. Grossman is the board-certified plastic surgeon at Grossman Plastic Surgery. With over 20 years of experience in dermal fillers, Dr. Grossman can help you achieve the results you want. Call (818) 981-2050 to schedule your initial consultation today for Botox, Dysport, or another face filler.

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