Do dermal fillers for men include Botox®? What can it do for me?
Neuromodulators are a classification of medications which target muscle cells by relaxing their contractions. The most common types of neuromodulators are Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®, each have similar actions.
Facial expressions such as smiling, squinting and frowning involve small muscles in our face. Repeated contraction of these expression muscles over the years leads to the formation of creases in the face. Common places for facial creases to appear are the forehead, corners of the mouth, outside edge of the eyes, and around the lips. You may hear them referred to as a furrowed brow, frown lines, crow’s feet and bunny lines.
Neuromodulators, such as Botox®, temporarily paralyze the muscles in these areas and release the creasing. If the creases have been present over a long time and have led to structural changes of the skin, the injections can significantly improve their appearance, but may not completely resolve them. Dr. Abolmaali may recommend fillers for these deep lines in conjunction with the neuromodulator treatment.
Who is a candidate for Botox® and Dysport®?
You are a candidate for neuromodulator injection for facial rejuvenation, if you have
- Creases in the forehead or around the eyes or lips with certain facial expressions
- Strong facial expression muscles without wrinkles, but would like to prevent the formation of creases and delay signs of aging
- A desire to augment certain features in your face without surgery, such as a ‘chemical brow lift’
- Fixed frown lines, crow’s feet or other types of deep creases in your face
- Facial asymmetry due to abnormal contracture of muscles in the face or neck, such as smile asymmetry after trauma or stroke
- Horizontal neck lines secondary to neck bands
- Thick jaw muscles
- Migraine headaches
What is the difference between Botox®/Dysport® and fillers? Can Botox® help with deep wrinkles?
Neuromodulators are an excellent, minimally invasive treatment for achieving facial rejuvenation. They weaken the muscles of facial expressions and prevent or reduce facial creases. However, they often work best in conjunction with other procedures to obtain your aesthetic goals.
Neuromodulators do not have any effect on loss of volume in the cheeks, lips or temples, nor will they make any improvement to sagging skin. Fillers on the other hand will restore volume to the face and address deep wrinkles. There are many forms of fillers available in the market and each has different effects. Most fillers are temporary in nature, their effects last a few months to a few years.
The synergy of neuromodulators, fillers and resurfacing techniques, such as lasers, comprise the trifecta of facial rejuvenation.
What is the right face filler for men?
There are several forms of fillers on the market with different characteristics and mechanisms of action. Some fillers act solely by adding volume to the area of treatment, which is usually temporary. Others have a more lasting effect and result in tissue reactions and formation of new connective tissue.
Fat grafting is also considered a type of filler. The significant difference is that it comes from your own body and the effects are more permanent and natural.
If you are considering volumizing your face and defying the effects of aging, consult with Dr. Abolmaali to help you choose the right products and procedures to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Should I have fat grafting or fillers?
Fat grafting is a type of filler which comes from your own body, as compared to synthetic materials used in fillers. The effects of fat grafting are more permanent and natural.
The main drawback of fat grafting is that it is difficult to reverse. Fillers are temporary with their effects disappearing after a few months. If you are not satisfied with the result or it does not conform to your expectations, the procedure will naturally dissipate or there are treatments to reverse the effects of the filler even sooner. Fat grafting is more permanent.
Ask Dr. Abolmaali which treatment is best for you.