BOTOX® and Injectable Fillers: A Non-surgical Approach
BOTOX® Cosmetic and other injectable fillers are a great option for patients who wish to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but do not want to undergo facial surgery. Dr. Louis Mes uses injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic at our convenient Lafayette office to give your skin a firmer, younger look. Contact our office today to learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers or schedule an appointment with Dr. Mes.
The active ingredient in BOTOX® Cosmetic stops your facial muscles from contracting, thereby relaxing wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is approved to diminish lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes.
To be a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic, you should be at least 18 years old, have mild to moderate wrinkles, be free from skin infection, not be pregnant or breastfeeding, and have no allergies to the toxin (botulinum).
At your appointment, Dr. Mes will inject the formula with a thin needle. BOTOX® injection appointments typically take less than 20 minutes, and the effects last up to four months. After treatment, patients may experience some bruising and swelling, but these should fade within a few hours or days.
While the treatment process for injectable fillers is similar to that of BOTOX® Cosmetic, fillers work in a different manner. Fillers add volume under your skin, filling in lines, and creating a smoother and more refreshed look. In addition to directly plumping your skin, many injectable fillers also stimulate your body's natural collagen production.
Injectable fillers require a short appointment and offer results that last for up to a year. During treatment, Dr. Mes will insert the filler product using a fine needle. Vibration, numbing medication, or ice may be used to minimize your discomfort.
Three of our injectable filler products use hyaluronic acid, a material that is naturally found in the body, to add volume to your skin. We offer the following hyaluronic acid fillers:
- JUVÉDERM®. This injectable gel is formulated with a local anesthetic, lidocaine, to keep you comfortable during the quick injection process. It can reduce lines and skin laxity around the lips, nose, and cheeks for up to a year.
- Belotero Balance®. This liquid injectable can diminish moderate to severe folds and lines for up to six months. Dr. Mes may recommend this product for wrinkles around the mouth.
- Restylane®. Also a gel, this filler provides greater volume than Belotero Balance® or JUVÉDERM®, making it ideal for deeper or wider wrinkles. Its results last about six months. Dr. Mes can also inject Restylane® into your lips for added volume.
In addition, Dr. Mes offers Radiesse®, a gel composed of water and tiny calcium spheres, to diminish wrinkles and add volume. The results of Radiesse® can last for two years. This product is effective in reducing wrinkles around the mouth, cheeks, chin, nose, and lips.
Some patients experience swelling, bruising, bumps, or redness at the injection site after treatment, but this is not typical.
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To learn more about these treatments or schedule an appointment with Dr. Mes, contact our office today.