Finding the Perfect Facial Treatment
Facial treatments come in a wide variety; the right one for you will depend on what you are trying to achieve. Some people may wish to eliminate wrinkles while others may want fuller lips. At Finesse Women’s Health Care, we offer two main types of skin treatments: Botox and dermal fillers. Here’s what you need to know about both.
By now, you’ve probably heard about Botox treatments from TV news, celebrity gossip magazines or from your friends. But there is a lot of false information floating around about Botox treatments and how they are used. Botox, or onabotulinumtoxinA, is used for three main purposes: muscle spasm control, severe underarm sweating and as a facial treatment. When used as a skin treatment, Botox is called Botox Cosmetic. It contains botulinum toxin type A, albumin (a protein found in human blood plasma) and sodium chloride.
Botox Cosmetic is a non-surgical, non-permanent treatment that is typically used to reduce facial lines, such as frown lines, and wrinkles.
Botox Cosmetic is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses that cause those muscles to contract and cause forehead wrinkles. As the muscle contractions that cause frown lines and other wrinkles is reduced, you’ll see a smoother look on your face.
Botox injections cost around $250 to $350 per area of your face. The procedure takes only about 10 minutes and the effects last for about three to six months. Recovery time is immediate and it only takes a couple of days to a week for you to see positive effects from the injection. The maximum effect from the injection usually occurs at about 10 days to two weeks.
If you flinch at the thought of having an injection, you should know that the needles used for Botox injections are very small, so pain is usually minimal. The injection site can be numbed with a topical anesthetic or an ice pack 10-20 minutes before the injections are given, so you may not feel any pain at all. You may, however, feel a little discomfort later, once the anesthetic cream has worn off.
How Often Should You Get Botox Injections?
For most people, results from the facial treatment injection last for three to four months, but several factors may shorten that period:
– Older people with less muscle tone may see results diminish sooner than those with younger, firmer facial muscles.
– Poor diet.
– Too much sun or a significant amount of skin damage from previous sun exposure.
In general, however, it is not recommended to have injections in the same injection site more often than every three months.
Botox Side Effects
Potential Botox side effects include pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising. Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction; other allergy symptoms are itching, wheezing, asthma, a rash, red welts, dizziness and faintness. Tell your doctor immediately, however, if you have any breathing issues or a faint or dizzy feeling.
Other side effects that have been popularized in the press such as numbness, droopy eyelids, or muscle spasms have been overexaggerated. Botox is not an anesthetic so true numbness does not occur. However, in some people, Botox may cause an inability to move a muscle resulting in a feeling of numbness. Muscle spasms in the area of the Botox injections do not occur while the Botox is effective. It is possible for the Botox to spread a little beyond the injection site. So, if you have an injection close to your upper eyelids, they could be affected and may droop temporarily. The best physicians, however, know the correct sites for injection to avoid side effects such as droopy eyelids.
Dermal fillers help to diminish wrinkles and restore volume and fullness to your face with natural looking and feeling results. Dermal fillers are injected below the skin’s surface to do just what it says—fill in wrinkles and plump up areas such as lips and cheeks. Dermal fillers are especially good for effectively treating medium to deep wrinkles, skin divots and recessed scars. Dermal fillers are non-surgical and non-permanent and require a facial treatment annually. The advantage with this is that you can try different variations until you are completely satisfied with your new look.
In general, the cost of dermal fillers varies from between $500 to $1500, depending on the type of treatment and the results you want. For example, porcine or bovine-based treatments generally run on the low end while fat-based treatments run on the high end. Health insurance plans usually do not cover dermal fillers, but many physicians offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.
Dermal Filler Steps and Recovery
A dermal filler procedure includes the following steps:
1-Facial assessment. In this step, the physician evaluates your facial appearance and skin tone and closely examines the areas where you want improvement. The physician may mark points on your face where he or she will inject the filler.
2-Cleansing and anesthetizing. The physician or nurse will cleanse injection sites with an antibacterial agent. To numb the injection sites, the health care provider will also use a very cold instrument to chill your skin, anesthetic ointment, or use local anesthesia.
3-The injection. Injection usually takes only a few moments for each site and includes injection, massaging, and evaluating the result. Your physician will add additional filler as needed. Depending on the number of areas you are having treated, the process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
4-Clean up. Once your physician deems the results as satisfactory, any markings will be cleaned off. You may be given an ice pack to help alleviate swelling and discomfort.
5-Recovery. The injection areas may feel a bit tender for a day or two, but are usually not painful enough to require any medication. You may also experience an “over-filled” appearance at treated areas, mild swelling or bruising and temporary redness. Generally these symptoms can be eased with ice and are gone within a few hours to a few days. You can begin your normal activities right away. Complications from dermal fillers are uncommon.
Choose an Experienced Professional
Although facial treatments are quick, in-office procedures that can create a dramatic effect in alleviating wrinkles and restoring your face to its youthful appearance, effective and safe treatments require a physician with specialized training and a thorough understanding of facial anatomy. At Finesse Women’s Health, we specialize in reliable, expert skin treatments. Each patient is given undivided attention and treatments are tailored to the individual’s cosmetic wishes and general health status. You’ll be pleased with your results, our professionalism and the care we provide both before, during and after a procedure.