Botox And Restylane For Non Surgical Rejuvenation
Article by Michael J. Weinberg, MD
Ontario Plastic Surgeon
Surgical facelift is recognized as the definitive therapy to reverse the cardinal features of aging in the face. These are loss of volume, the descent of tissues due to gravity and loss of tone and elasticity, and the deterioration of the skin itself, with lines , wrinkles and changes in pigment and uneven color and texture. However, for many patients, long before they are ready to entertain a full surgical procedure, injectable products like Botox and Hyaluronic Acid fillers can provide tremendous improvement in these problems associated with aging, giving a refreshed, more youthful appearance.
Botox alleviates lines in the glabellar area or crows feet, for example, by relaxing underlying muscles. In this way, it is preventative, slowing down the aging process by preventing repetitive muscle contractions that can cause lines to become more deeply etched over time.
Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm are examples of excellent filling agents that restore lost volume. In contrast to more permanent products, which can be more difficult to use and can be associated with inflammatory changes, lumps, and other skin reactions, these fillers are rarely associated with any permanent side effects and their temporary nature allows for considerable flexibility in use.
It is now recognized that with deep injection of these products, their effects are actually more long lasting than was once believed, and these products probably persist for a year or longer with deep injections. When multiple syringes are employed, the results are quite dramatic, such that this treatment is often referred to as a "non surgical facelift".