Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Sanford, NC & Pittsboro, NC
Because of the extensive research and success stories behind Botox® and dermal fillers, they continue to be among the most popular types of nonsurgical aesthetic treatments available. If you’d like to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and contour your face, contact Sanford Dermatology in Sanford, Pittsboro, or Lillington, North Carolina, for a Botox and filler evaluation. Call any office location directly to speak with a team member.
Botox and Fillers Q & A
How do Botox and fillers work?
Botox and fillers are designed to enhance your natural beauty and turn back the hands of time — without surgery. Below are descriptions of how each type of injectable works.
Botox contains a purified neurotoxin solution that’s derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Medical researchers developed Botox because they discovered that it intercepts cell signaling between muscle cells and brain cells.
Once these signals are blocked, muscles can’t contract and are forced to relax. This allows the overlying skin to soften, so wrinkles, grooves, and fine lines fade away.
What makes Botox unique is that it’s designed to be injected into certain areas and specific muscles. Even though targeted muscles relax, surrounding muscles function normally, so you can continue making your normal facial expressions for entirely natural results.
Dermal fillers, commonly made of a synthetic hyaluronic acid formulary, fill in areas where you’re lacking volume, either due to age or because you’ve never had it. This gel-like substance is strategically injected into targeted areas, which instantly restores and adds volume.
But many types of dermal fillers go a step further. As the injectable adds plumpness, the clinical-grade formulary stimulates collagen production for years of enhanced results.
What can Botox and dermal fillers treat?
Botox is the leading injectable of its kind to target specific muscle groups in your face. Your Botox service from Sanford Dermatology can:
- Smooth out stubborn frown lines between your brows
- Make crow’s feet near your eyes fade away
- Resolve forehead lines and wrinkles
Your dedicated dermatologist can target other imperfections with dermal filler injections. Dermal fillers are ideal for:
- Plumping your lips
- Contouring your jawline and cheeks
- Filling in deep grooves on your lower face
Sanford Dermatology can even help you achieve your aesthetic goals through a personalized “liquid face-lift” service that combines Botox and dermal fillers.
Do Botox and filler injections hurt?
The needle used for Botox and filler injections is very tiny. You may feel an initial prick — a sensation that’s quite well-tolerated — but you shouldn’t feel any serious pain or discomfort.
To ensure your Botox or filler service is as comfortable as possible, your dermatologist at Sanford Dermatology may recommend coming in about 20 minutes early to apply a topical numbing cream. You can also apply an ice pack to the treatment area on your way to your appointment if you’re in a pinch.
How long do Botox and fillers last?
Botox can help you achieve smoother, younger-looking skin for up to four months and sometimes even longer. As an FDA-approved injectable, Botox is perfectly safe to have again and again.
Dermal fillers, depending on the brand and formulary, can provide optimal results for about 12-24 months. Once you start noticing that lines and wrinkles are coming back, you can safely schedule another dermal filler injectable session at Sanford Dermatology.
Botox and filler injections take just about 10-15 minutes and don’t require any downtime, so you can conveniently schedule your appointment during your lunch hour.
Book your Botox evaluation at Sanford Dermatology today. You can easily schedule directly through the website or over the phone with any clinic.
Individual results may vary.