There’s a reason roughly 10 million Americans a year decide to get Botox® and/or fillers. These cosmetic injectables give you a quick and easy way to smooth wrinkles. Plus, they take just minutes to get and don’t come with any downtime afterward.
But different cosmetic injectables work differently, and the key to getting your ideal results is knowing which to use where. Don’t worry. At our offices in Torrance and Los Alamitos, California, Linda Swanson, MD, can consult with you to help you find the perfect combination of cosmetic injectables.
To help you get started, Dr. Swanson and our team built this guide.
To get a feel for which injectables might be right for you, it’s first helpful to understand that there are two main categories of injectables:
Botox works on dynamic wrinkles, or the wrinkles that develop because of repeated facial expressions. That makes it effective for:
Botox works by temporarily freezing the muscle responsible for the wrinkle, allowing the skin in the area to relax and smooth.
While dynamic wrinkles develop because you make the same expressions over and over, that’s not the only reason you get folds in your skin as you age. Some wrinkles — like nasolabial folds or vertical lip lines — deepen as you lose volume in your face, a natural part of aging.
Fortunately, Dr. Swanson can replace volume wherever your face needs it with cosmetic injectables called fillers. Fillers can smooth the wrinkles that develop as a result of volume loss, plus they can restore the youthful contours to your face and plump your lips, helping you look your best through the years.
There’s a simple guideline you can follow to determine which cosmetic injectable you need where. As a general rule, Botox is more effective on the upper half of your face, while fillers work best on the lower half of your face.
Because fillers and Botox work differently and target the signs of aging in different locations, many people choose to combine them. With some Botox on your forehead and a little filler around your lips, for example, you can turn back the clock.
Dr. Swanson personalizes your cosmetic injectables based on what your face needs and what kind of look you want to achieve. To find the perfect combination of cosmetic injectables to help you look your best, call our office nearest you or book a visit online today.