Botox and how it can work for you!
Botox has been around for a long time and has a proven track record for smoothing out deep facial lines. Botox is a quick noninvasive process that is done in our office in just a few minutes.
It is important to know your skin and what you want to change with our staff of medical professionals. We want to help you reach your cosmetic goals and give you a maintenance program to maintain your efforts.
Your face shows lines and wrinkles for different reasons, and Botox is excellent for treating one very specific type of facial lines called dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are not caused by environmental factors or even age, per se (though it does play a role). They are caused by the constant creasing and folding that occurs every time you laugh, smile, grimace, or frown.
Over time (here’s where your age factors in), the lines that mark your smile or frown leave a deep impression. Even when your face is at rest, the lines remain.
Here’s where Botox comes in and goes straight to the source. Our medical staff injects a small dose of a toxin called onabotulinumtoxin A that targets the muscles under your skin and stops them from contracting or moving. The science is simple: No contractions means no creasing, which means lines fade.
If you have vertical lines between your brows, crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes, or parentheses around your mouth, these are dynamic wrinkles, and Botox can get rid of them.
Make an appointment with our staff and we can go over your goals and get you where and how you want to look.
What is Microneedling?
We all have details about our face that we would like to improve on. If your skin has loose crepey texture, large pores, and old acne scars, then Microneedling might be just the product you need.
Like Botox, it goes to the heart of the problem. They just happen to be very different problems that call for different solutions. Your loose crepey skin is caused by a combination of 1) the aging process that inevitably involves a decrease in your natural production of collagen and elastin (two proteins essential in the structure of your skin) and 2) environmental factors, such as sun damage, pollution, smoke, and stress.
The wrinkles you see are called static wrinkles, and they’re very different from dynamic wrinkles. These occur because the collagen, elastin, and even the fat are no longer there to lift your skin and give it volume. So it sags and shrivels like a deflated balloon.
Microneedling solves this by stimulating your body to amp up its production of these essential proteins once again. Our medical staff uses a device that makes hundreds of tiny micro injuries all over the surface of your skin. This triggers your body to immediately begin producing its own elastin and collagen to heal the microscopic wounds, and you are on your way to repairing your own skin.
Microneedling is great on its own, but our medical staff gives your treatment a boost by combining it with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. By adding a concentrated serum made up of your own blood’s intense healing factors to the surface of your skin, the microneedling process sends those platelets down into the layers of your skin where they prompt cell renewal. This effectively repairs, remodels, and restructures your skin so that you end up with smoother, tighter skin with smaller pores and less-visible scars.
Can I do Botox and Microneedling together?
While it may be tempting to combine Botox and microneedling to get the best of both worlds, it’s best not to do it at the same time. The two processes can definitely compliment one another, but Botox needs to be administered to healthy, intact skin, and microneedling creates many, many micro wounds.
Vitality Medical Infusions advises you on the best schedule that allows you to take advantage of both treatments and give your skin a one-two punch.
If you have dynamic or static wrinkles, scars, and large pores, give us a call at 240-802-6047 to schedule a consultation with our medical expert and find out which treatment is right for you.
Fillers are Fantastic!
While dermal fillers are casually known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles, although they are excellent at this too! Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help address:
- Smooth out lines around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines, and parentheses)
- Enhance & restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples
- Diminish vertical lip lines
- Plump & enhance the lips
- Smooth out a chin crease
- Improve symmetry among facial features
Each one of these is designed to treat different signs of aging or other cosmetic issues.
The time they take to work, as well as how long they last, also vary. Some fillers last 6 months, while others last up to 2 years or longer.
People should discuss their individual needs and expectations with our team of medical professionals to determine what filler would be the best choice for them.