Annapolis area dermatologist explains how dermal fillers different from neurotoxins
Dr. Burgess of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery provides a wide range of medical and cosmetic treatments for patients in her practice. Patients who are ready to tackle the signs of aging may speak with her about treatments such as dermal fillers and neurotoxins. Annapolis area patients must understand that both of these work differently, though they are commonly used together for amazing results.
Neurotoxins such as Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are made of botulinum toxin type A. This medication is known to relax muscles and block the nerve connections that cause muscles to tense. By injecting this medication into specific muscles of the upper portion of the face, patients can reduce muscle contractions and thus smooth the skin. This releases the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the area. Neurotoxins are typically used on areas around the upper portion of the face, including between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), around the eyes (for crow’s feet), and along the forehead. These neurotoxins are FDA approved for safety and effectiveness for cosmetic improvement.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used in a different manner. These fillers are designed to “fill” the lines and wrinkles on the face and add volume to areas of fat loss. They are injected directly into the area of concern to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of the signs of aging. These are used on different areas of the face, including around the mouth, the nose, and can even be used to augment the lips. Popular dermal filler brands used in our practice include Juvéderm, Restylane and Belotero.
Patients who want the ultimate face lift without undergoing plastic surgery may benefit from a combination of neurotoxins and dermal fillers. Patients can take years off their appearance by combining these cosmetic treatments for optimum results.
Contact the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery today to learn more about dermal fillers, neurotoxins, and other treatments available through our practice including collagen stimulators, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, skin resurfacing, and chemical peels.