When it comes to beautifying your skin, there are a several cosmetic options available to choose from. These include BOTOX®, which our Thousand Oaks practice offers, along with injectable alternatives like soft tissue fillers. BOTOX® and fillers work in very different ways, but they both serve to smooth out wrinkles and can complement each other. Here are some of the major benefits of having combination treatments at our Pierre Skin Care Institute office.
1. Better Results
BOTOX® is used to treat lines of expression—also referred to as dynamic wrinkles—such as crow’s feet and frown lines. These wrinkles are visible when you make specific facial expressions and muscles contract, developing over time due to repetitive action. Known as a “neuromodulator,” BOTOX® temporarily inhibits muscle contractions so that the skin lies smoother. Fillers, on the other hand, are for static wrinkles that develop primarily due to a gradual age-related loss of collagen and elastin. These injectables work by adding volume to help address the problem. Since the various aspects of the face are interconnected, combination treatments have dual benefits and provide results not possible from either treatment used on its own.
2. Correcting Multiple Areas Simultaneously
BOTOX® is primarily used on the upper part of the face, around the forehead, and treats the wrinkles caused by muscle action, while fillers are applied to the middle and lower part of the face for wrinkles and creases caused by volume loss. While there are many applications possible for each injectable, the effect of using them both to address the entire face can generate results that are more balanced, especially for patients who have both types of wrinkles.
3. Longer-Lasting Outcomes
Fillers are believed to break down faster in parts of the face where the muscles are more active. Since BOTOX® temporarily limits movement, the stillness can improve the longevity of filler-based results.
4. Less Time and Effort
Both types of injectables are generally quick to administer and don’t require much—if any—downtime. Using different treatments together can be even more convenient for patients, since only one consultation and treatment session is needed.
5. Similar Benefits to Traditional Facelift
Patients can enjoy a younger appearance without having to resort to invasive and uncomfortable plastic surgery. While a facelift creates more dramatic results, combining injectables improves the effects of each nonsurgical treatment, making for more noticeable changes.