An injectable is a non-surgical dermal treatment that can address a variety of skin aging concerns and help restore a youthful appearance. Botox is a neuromodulator, meaning that it modifies the muscles of the upper face to effectively smooth the overlying wrinkles. On the other hand, there are various types of dermal fillers that not only treat fine lines, but also support the health and elasticity of the skin through their ability to stimulate collagen production. Fillers are also more useful for replenishing lost volume in the cheeks, temples, and lips.
Finding out which treatment is right for you is the first step towards feeling more confident and comfortable in your own skin.
At Miracle Mile Cosmetic Surgery Center, we understand that each patient’s cosmetic aspirations are unique. Our goal is to help you achieve natural-looking results in a comfortable environment that prioritizes your safety and satisfaction. If you are considering a dermal filler or Botox procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our practice in Miami, Florida. Call (305) 901-2388 or send us a message through our virtual consultation page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
- 1 Why Choose Botox?
- 2 Why Choose Fillers?
- 3 Botox vs. Fillers
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Injectable Procedure
- 7 Recovery and Results
- 8 How Much is Botox in Miami?
- 9 FAQ
- 10 References
Why Choose Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator that affects muscle function. It works to temporarily block acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for sending nerve signals to the muscles, preventing them from contracting. With every facial expression, your muscles contract and contribute to the production of dynamic wrinkles. Over time, the wrinkles that usually only occur with expressions become more permanent static wrinkles. By relaxing the muscles underneath, you can enjoy the look of refreshed, smoother skin. Botox can treat:
- Glabellar Lines (“Eleven” Lines)
- Horizontal Forehead Lines
- Crow’s Feet
Medical Uses for Botox
Botox’s active ingredient is botulinum toxin, a protein made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. And besides its cosmetic use, Botox has been FDA-approved for the treatment of chronic migraines, involuntary muscle spasms, misalignment of the eyes (strabismus), and even hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. (1) Since clinicians began using Botox in 1970, it has held up a reputation for being extremely safe and exhibiting a very low rate of complications. (2)
What is Baby Botox?
Baby Botox refers to a treatment that incorporates fewer units of the Botox medication. Each injection contains less Botox, creating more subtle results. It can be a great alternative for patients who have less significant signs of aging or those who want to preview Botox without worrying about its dramatic effects.
Why Choose Fillers?
If you are looking for versatility, understanding the nuances of each type of dermal filler will benefit you in the long run. Dermal fillers can treat a number of areas, including the following:
- Nasolabial Folds
- Marionette Lines
- Facial Volume Loss
- Thin Lips
- Smoker’s Lines
- Poor Jawline Definition
- Poor Chin Definition
- Tear Trough Deformity
These minimally invasive injections are administered superficially in the skin, not the muscle. More specifically, they target the dermal layer of the skin that contains cells called fibroblasts. These fibroblasts produce proteins you may be familiar with: collagen and elastin to support the structure of healthy, radiant skin. All of the following fillers work alongside the natural processes of your skin and are 100% biodegradable:
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers contribute to the amount of natural HA that is naturally produced. HA is a substance that provides lubrication, firmness, and hydration to the skin. (3) It also binds to collagen to provide a more evenly distributed effect. Common HA fillers include the Juvéderm and Restylane families of products.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) fillers administer mineral spheres through plant-based carboxymethylcellulose gel throughout the skin. Radiesse, a popular CaHa filler has been shown to boost collagen production over the course of 9 months. (4)
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) fillers work similarly to CaHa fillers. Its most popular form, Bellafill, is equipped to handle deep atrophic scars and hollowness in the skin, like, for example, severe nasolabial folds.
- Poly-L lactic acid (PLLA) fillers can provide results for up to 1 year. Although it is a synthetic substance, the body can effectively metabolize it into CO2 and water. (5) During this inflammatory response, most connective proteins in the skin volumize and eliminate signs of aging. Sculptra is the most recognized PLLA filler.
Botox vs. Fillers
Botox is used to prevent static fine lines, soften neck bands, recreate the look of a brow lift, subtly lift the upper lip (lip flip), and treat dynamic wrinkles. With just one treatment of Botox, you can eliminate crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. Fillers tend to provide more volume to hollow areas of the face, support skin health, modify facial contours, and provide extra plumpness to the lips. Fillers also tend to last longer and may provide results for 6 months to 2 years.
During your personal consultation, one of our highly qualified staff will take the time to understand your specific needs and desires. By reviewing your medical history and conducting a thorough examination, they can carefully assess the condition of your skin and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. Whether you’re seeking wrinkle reduction, facial volume restoration, or any other aesthetic enhancements, our expertise in dermal fillers and Botox will guide you toward the best course of action. To get started today, give us a call at (305) 901-2388 or request a consultation online.
Before any injectable procedure, we will review your current medications and supplements and make sure that there are no contraindications that will cause bruising or bleeding. Patients are required to refrain from using blood thinners approximately 1 week before their injection session. On the day of your appointment, you should arrive makeup-free. Your injector will cleanse your face with alcohol to further prevent the likelihood of infection.
Although both Botox and dermal filler procedures take around 20 minutes to complete, different strategies are implemented depending on the treatment plan. If requested, your injector can provide you with a topical numbing agent for both types of injections, but it’s not necessary for all patients.
The professionals at Miracle Mile understand the complexities of facial anatomy to provide optimal results. Botox injections are administered slowly into the muscle so that it doesn’t spread to another facial muscle and cause a different outcome. Your injector will target the necessary muscles in order to provide lift. For example, Botox should be cautiously placed into the forehead muscle (the frontalis), since it’s an elevator muscle. Injecting this area too much can cause the brows to furrow, so Botox is used sparingly to treat forehead lines. However, injectors can target the orbicularis oculi muscles around the eyes to release crow’s feet wrinkles and the glabellar complex to reduce frown lines between the brows.
While dermal fillers are not very different from how Botox is injected, unlike Botox, the medication is usually massaged into the area to promote an even spread. Since dermal fillers are injected superficially, the muscles are not affected.
Recovery and Results
You should avoid lying down or resting your head for 4 to 6 hours. You should also avoid touching your face, bathing, or doing strenuous activities for the next 24 hours. You should also continue to avoid blood thinners for a few days to ensure that your skin doesn’t bruise. After this time period, you’ll be able to go back to your normal routine.
Over the next few days and weeks, you will see your final results settle in. Your skin will look naturally refreshed and rejuvenated. If Botox was used, your upper face will be smoother and more youthful-looking. If fillers were used, deep creases will diminish, and sunken areas will appear more rounded and youthful. We advise that you follow a doctor-recommended skincare routine and use sunscreen when outside to better protect your skin and prolong your results.
How Much is Botox in Miami?
At Miracle Mile Cosmetic Surgery Center, we strive to make our services more affordable and accessible. Our goal is to provide you with the best value for your investment. Whether you are looking for a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation, we have cost-effective solutions available. Our competitive rates ensure that you receive high-quality care at a reasonable price. During your personal consultation, you’ll receive an estimate for your Botox and/or dermal filler treatment.
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When can I expect to see results from Botox?
It takes roughly 10 days for the results of Botox to fully settle in.
When can I expect to see results from dermal fillers?
You’ll be able to see results immediately after your procedure, but it could take 2 to 4 weeks before you see your final look.
How do I check the person doing my Botox is doing it right?
Facial enhancement can be an exciting thing, but results can go badly if administered by someone untrained. Before your Botox injection, your injector should ask you to make various facial expressions to correctly identify your facial muscles. They will also work to distribute various amounts of Botox in each area according to the severity of your wrinkling.
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