Botox Cosmetic™ is the same product, labelled for cosmetic use. It can be used to treat dynamic wrinkles, that is, wrinkles that form as a result of muscle contraction, such as around the eyes and on the forehead. The treatments will typically last three months.
Among its numerous cosmetic applications, Botox can be used to lift the eyebrows as well as to remodel the jaw line. This is achieved by softening the downward pull of a muscle called the Platysma, as well as by relaxing a muscle of the jaw called the Masseter Muscle. In more dilute concentrations, Botox can improve skin tone and texture through its effects on the glands of the skin.
Is there anyone who isn't convinced that they can spot a person who has had Botox Cosmetic™ (Botox) or fillers from a mile away? And yet, the reality is that the best enhancements look natural. Done properly, only you should know that you had the treatment. Everyone else should think you look rested! Proper treatment should never distort a person's features by trying to wipe out every last line or fold, or in the pursuit of looking like someone else. We can all detect Botox and fillers when they are done improperly.
What is the difference between Botox™ and fillers? Botox™ is the brand name for a drug that stops muscle contractions for up to three months at a time. It is used for dynamic lines, that is, lines that are formed as a result of muscle contraction. These are the lines that occur in the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the lips. In dilute doses, they can reduce "fan lines" on the cheek and improve skin texture. This is commonly known as Micro-Botox.
This is known as the tear trough area. Teosyal Redensity II is the only product that is approved by Health Canada for this purpose. It has properties that make it ideal for use in the undereye area, to improve concavity and refresh the appearance, while remaining invisible under the very thin eyelid skin (minimizes the Tyndall effect). The application of filler in this area also reduces the appearance of shadowing under the eyes. An added benefit of Redensity II is that it contains peptides and antioxidants, molecules that improve the quality of the skin by penetrating into it from underneath. This is much more effective than skincare applied to the surface of the skin, which cannot reach the deeper layers. In some situations, patients requesting rejuvenation of the under-eye area will be advised to begin with volumization of the mid-cheek area. The appropriate treatment for each patient depends on their own anatomy.
Teosyal Redensity I has properties that make it ideal to reduce superficial wrinkles and creasing. It is injected into the most superficial layers of the skin. This type of treatment is called mesotherapy. Like Redensity II, Redensity I contains antioxidants and peptides that improve skin structure. This treatment can be administered in conjunction with Micro-Botox, a technique where very dilute Botox Cosmetic™ is injected into superficial layers of the skin to reduce crease lines.
Various areas of the face can be enhanced by adding volume to the superficial layers of skin. These include crow's feet, nasolabial folds, and creases around the mouth.
There are a variety of products that have varying properties, such as strength and elasticity, that can be chosen depending on the area and extent of correction needed.
These products are not derived from animal sources, and do not require skin testing prior to treatment. They contain anaesthetic agent to minimize discomfort during treatment. Because our bodies produce the same kind of hyaluronic acid that is in dermal fillers, we also produce enzymes that break it down. Depending on the type of product used and the location of injection, fillers will last for a variable amount of time before being broken down into component molecules and water by enzymes in the skin. They do not stop the aging process, but they do slow it down. Retouching sessions will be required after variable periods of time. Discussion about reasonable expectations would be had at the pre-treatment consultation.