Most people want to look younger as they age. As an alternative to cosmetic surgery, many are opting for Botox and fillers as an anti-aging solution.

What is Botox? What are Fillers?

Botox is a substance that reduces facial motion and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The frequent movement of the facial muscles causes these wrinkles and creases. Botox works by relaxing the muscles. Fillers are substances that fill in and plump up the deep lines and wrinkles to make them less noticeable.

What do Doctors Recommend?

Plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, and dermatologists are usually the doctors with the training and experience to use Botox and fillers on their patients. Most of these experts recommend using both Botox and fillers for the best results. The Botox makes it harder for muscles to move and to form wrinkles and creases when you talk, laugh, smile, or move your face in any way. The fillers keep your skin looking tight and smooth when your face is relaxed.

Although you can get fillers alone, the effects will not last long. Depending on the brand used, the fillers can last from four months to eight months. However, if you are an animated person who uses a lot of facial expressions, the fillers will break down more rapidly. (The substance is absorbed by the body over time.)

The combination of these two treatments can last for nine to ten months. In most situations, the doctor injects Botox into the muscles and then injects the fillers into the creases and lines. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes during one office visit. The doctor has to repeat the process every several months to keep your skin looking young and smooth.

For anyone not ready for cosmetic surgery and living in Houston, Texas, Botox is a great way to reduce the signs of aging. Contact Dr. Patt's office for a Botox consultation.

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