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Facial Injections: Botox and Hyaluronic Acid

What are the key roles of Botox and Hyaluronic Acid in facial rejuvenation and maintaining aesthetics?

Patients often confuse the indications of Botox and Hyaluronic Acid during their initial consultations for facial injections. Facial beauty is characterised by smooth, even, wrinkle-free skin with preserved volume, and facial symmetry along with even light distribution are signs of harmony and youth.

It’s vital to understand that these two products complement each other for the best rejuvenation results and facial beauty maintenance. It’s extremely common to combine Botox and Hyaluronic Acid injections in a single session. The process typically involves applying an anaesthetic cream (EMLA) to the treatment areas an hour before the procedure. The injections, performed in a medical office, last from a few minutes to several tens of minutes, depending on the amount of product injected. Both Botox and Hyaluronic Acid injections are well tolerated and almost painless.

Botox Injection: Botox or botulinum toxin aims to relax the facial and neck muscles. Muscle contraction in the face causes skin traction, leading to facial wrinkles. The more the muscles contract over time and with facial aging, the more pronounced the wrinkles become. Early Botox injections can prevent the onset and worsening of wrinkles, embodying the concept of preventive treatment. Nose Filler

When to Start Botox Injections? Botox injections typically start around age 30 and can be repeated at regular intervals. The effect of Botox isn’t immediate; it takes a few days to appear and become maximal.

Botox Indications for Face and Neck:

  • Erase forehead wrinkles
  • Erase frown lines between eyebrows
  • Erase crow’s feet around eyes
  • Erase bunny lines on the nose
  • Erase barcode wrinkles around the mouth
  • Erase horizontal neck wrinkles
  • Erase vertical platysmal bands
  • Lift certain facial areas, like eyebrows and mouth corners
  • Decrease lower jaw volume by reducing masseter muscles
  • Redefine facial oval or “Néfertiti lift”

The risks of Botox injections are minimal when performed by a qualified aesthetic surgery professional.

Hyaluronic Acid Injection: How Does It Work? Hyaluronic Acid, a natural substance in the human body (skin, joints), is a filler product aiming to erase wrinkles, restore volume, and hydrate the skin. Each area is treated with specifically chosen Hyaluronic Acid based on its properties (viscosity/fluidity, elasticity).

At What Age to Start Hyaluronic Acid Injections? Patients often start these injections between 20 and 30 years old for volume augmentation, especially in the lips. To erase wrinkles, they start around 30 years old.

Hyaluronic Acid Indications:

  • Erase and fill deep forehead wrinkles, inter-brow lines, eye wrinkles, mouth wrinkles, and neck wrinkles when Botox alone is insufficient.
  • Diminish nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
  • Erase jowls and reshape the facial oval.
  • Erase dark circles.
  • Lift and elevate the eyebrow.
  • Increase volumes in lips, chin (medical genioplasty), and cheekbones.
  • Correct aesthetic anomalies in the nose (medical rhinoplasty with Hyaluronic Acid).
  • Treat hollow areas in cheeks and temples.
  • Full face lifting with Hyaluronic Acid injections.

The risks of Botox injections are minimal when performed by a qualified aesthetic surgery professional. However, correcting inappropriate injections made with poor products in incorrect indications often involves administering the Hyaluronic Acid antidote (hyaluronidase).

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