Considering Dermal Fillers for Wrinkles
Is the Mirror No Longer Your Friend?
Inevitably, adults will begin to notice a less youthful image while applying makeup or shaving. Some are fine with growing older; for others, slowing down the aging process is a priority.
There are many dermal fillers on the market today, with Botox still one of the most popular. Suitable for ages 18-65, minimally invasive injections into tiny facial muscles often correct wrinkles around the mouth, crow's feet, and in the forehead and neck.
How does botulinum toxin A (chemical name) work? The botulinum neurotoxin actually blocks muscle contraction signals and is safe when used on the face. Motion wrinkles are frozen. Lines that haven't yet set, but appear only when frowning, smiling, etc., realize greater success than do more deeply set wrinkles and lines.
Benefits, other than cosmetic, are:
- The reduction of migraine headaches
- Its effectiveness in eye conditions, such as crossed eyes, blurred vision, and lid spasms
- Decreased sweating
Why doesn't every adult take advantage of this product?
- The solution is temporary. It can last from 3-6 months, but regular injections are must for those wishing to rid themselves of wrinkles and lines over time
- The cost of a single area on the face is usually from $300 to $500
- Since the facial muscles are paralyzed, some people may experience a constant facial expression, such as surprise or a frown
- Some people taking antibiotics have had severe, although easily treatable, allergic reactions to this drug
- This procedure unequivocally requires a professional who will properly administer the drug. Although seemingly fun and less expensive, parties are not recommended!
Additionally, here are some possible risks/side effects of Botox:
- People with stomach sensitivity may experience nausea
- Headaches, easily relieved with OTC products, are common with this procedure
- Another frequent side effect, a "pain in the neck" does not mean that the drug is spreading
- Bruises and/or soreness commonly occur at the point of the injection(s). However, if either becomes severe, get medical help at once to ensure that there is no infection
- Less frequently is the minor loss of clear speech or the ability to form basic facial expressions
- In about 5% of cases, one or both eyelids droop. This condition (ptosis) is temporary
- A respiratory tract infection is an extremely rare result of an injection.
The risks are few and not very serious. The cost might be prohibitive. The elderly are not good candidates as far as positive results. However, this procedure continues to be one of those most performed and popular today.