Chemical peels can improve the skin’s appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
The procedure involved to do a Botox treatment is quite simple. A very tiny needle is used to inject the Botox into the wrinkle-producing muscles. No anesthesia is required and the injections usually take only 10 to 15 minutes. There is no recovery time or down time though you may see some temporary redness or bruising at the injection site. On average, it takes three to five days to start to see an effect and up to 3 weeks to see the maximum results from Botox. Results usually last about three months.
Fillers are complementary procedures – they are not the same thing as Botox and should not be thought of the same. While Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles, fillers are used for static wrinkles and to enhance volume. Static wrinkles or lines are those that can be seen even at rest, such as the nasolabial fold that runs from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth on each side or marionette lines. Fillers are used to fill these static lines and folds. It is necessary to note that these static wrinkles have multiple causes, as loss of volume of the face as we age or sagging due to gravity. Some static wrinkles are emphasized by muscle activity, such as when nasolabial folds deepen when smiling. Fillers can also be used to augment the lips and treat lipstick bleed lines.