Aging is inevitable. For those who desire a subtle, yet youthful, rejuvenation, non-surgical cosmetic procedures or dermal fillers may be beneficial. Signs of aging can include wrinkles around the eyes or lips, skin color changes, loss of volume and skin elasticity. While surgery is a viable option for some, others may prefer non-surgical aesthetic procedures like dermal fillers which provide subtle, more temporary improvement.
One alternative procedure is called dermal filler. Dermal fillers are made of the same volumizing and moisturizing component that skin has, so it's the natural choice for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When injected, it instantly smoothes and adds volume and contour to the areas where it's needed such as nasolabial folds and cheeks. Although dermal fillers is not a replacement for surgery, dermal fillers are a viable option for patients who aren’t ready for surgery, want a quick recovery time, or whose features may easily be corrected with non-surgical procedures.
What Dermal Fillers Can Do
What Dermal Fillers Can't Do
For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift or eye lift may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate. It is important to remember that dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging and that ongoing treatments will be needed for long-term results.
Areas Dermal Fillers Can Enhance
How Neurotoxins Work
Neurotoxins interfere with the ability of neurons – or nerve cells – to communicate with the muscles. In cosmetic applications, they decrease the ability of the muscles to contract the facial muscles. These relaxed muscles give the skin a smoother appearance and smooth out wrinkles. They are injected just under the skin when used to smooth out wrinkles in the frown, forehead, lines around the eyes (crow’s feet). For optimal results, they are combined with other cosmetic treatments like lasers and dermal fillers.
Differences Between Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin
The big three cosmetic neurotoxins – Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin – are much more similar than they are different. They can all be used for the same clinical applications. However, they are all different in size and weight giving them different characteristics. Based upon these minor differences, Dysport works faster (2-3 day vs 3-5 days in Botox) and has a greater field of effect (spreads further than Botox). In some patients, Dysport may have a longer duration of effect (3-4 months vs 3 months in Botox).
Of the three, Xeomin is the newest just being FDA approved in 2011. The Xeomin product is the smallest protein since it does not have any accessory proteins. Unlike its predecessors, Xeomin does not need to be refrigerated. In the long term, this might make it easier to handle and at this point the price may be lower than Dysport and Botox. At this point, Xeomin appears to have the same duration as Botox.