Botox® is a natural, purified protein isolated from the Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium through a highly refined, patented process. Upon injection, this safe and effective protein relaxes muscles, allowing the overlying skin to look smoother.
As time passes we develop expression lines (dynamic wrinkles) as a result of muscle activity such as frowning, and smile lines. When Botox® is injected directly into the muscles; it blocks the transmission of nerve impulses, thus reducing the activity of the muscles that causes those persistent lines to form.
This will take 2-3 days to start working and the maximum effects will be seen after ten days. Once the muscle is fully relaxed, there is significant improvement in the wrinkles and those that are mild to moderate in depth may even disappear. Botox® treatments usually last four to six months, however individual response will vary.
Dermal Fillers are used to smooth away lines and replace volume loss. At Satin Med Spa, we use Juvederm® and is made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in the skin and body which diminishes as part of the aging process, causing dry, loose skin and reduced fullness of the face. The most common areas to treat with dermal fillers are the “nose to mouth grooves” (nasolabial folds), frown lines, as well as to fill and plump the lips.
Dermal Fillers are injected under the skin to instantly restore volume. It is a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin for a natural look and feel. The area will be numbed with a blocking agent. The skin will be properly cleansed and the gel will be injected. The results are immediate and depending on the type of filler used, such as Juvederm or Radiesse, the results can last up to twelve months; with Voluma, as long as two years; and with ArteFille, as long as five years and longer.
As part of the natural aging process we tend to lose volume in the lips, particularly the upper lip. Lip enhancement with dermal fillers is used to increase the volume and fullness of thin-looking lips and to help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Before the gel is injected, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area. Due to the anatomy of the lips, swelling following treatment can sometimes be significant and take up to seven days to diminish. After treatment a cool pack will be placed over the lips for comfort and to reduce swelling. During this time the lips may appear slightly uneven and the final result should not be judged for a full week.
Lip enhancement results are immediate and can last as long as twelve months or more. However, results will vary for each individual and typically will last longer with successive treatments.