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Skin Esteem Q&A
FILLER Q&A

What is filler?

Dermal fillers are biocompatible, injectable substances that create lift, add volume, and restore a more youthful appearance to certain areas of the face that show signs of aging.

What is in the filler?

The most common fillers are made of a soft gel consisting of non-animal hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that naturally occurs in the human body, and it is found in our skin. It helps hydrate and adds volume to the skin. It is naturally broken down by our own bodies.

How long will filler last?

The effects are long lasting but not permanent. They last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on several factors including the patient’s age, area treated, type of filler used, quantity of filler used, and lifestyle.

Downtime after filler injection?

No! You can go right back to your normal routine. However, I always advise my patients that they may have some bruising or swelling, so it is best not to schedule a filler appointment right before any important event.

Risk & side effects of filler?

In general, dermal fillers are considered very safe. The most common reactions are redness, swelling, bruising, itching, and tenderness. These are typically mild and resolve spontaneously in 1-7 days for most patients.

BOTOX Q&A

What is Botox?

Botox is just the brand name of a certain neuromodulator, called “Botulinum Toxin Type A” but Botox refers to an injectable cosmetic treatment used to effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Cosmetic Botox is FDA approved for use on:

  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Horizontal lines on the forehead
  • Wrinkles between the eyebrows

How does Botox prevent wrinkles?

Put simply, when injected directly into the muscle, Botox blocks the muscle’s nerve signals and temporarily relaxes it. When the muscle is relaxed, dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movement soften, dissipate, or disappear completely.

Side Effects of Botox?

Common side effects of any injectable include:

  • Muscle weakness near the injection sites
  • Slight bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Redness
  • Swelling

How long will my Botox last?

Botox injections are meant to last 3-4 months. To keep results going, you could need a follow-up treatment. After that, you should be able to expect your treatments to begin lasting longer.