Deciding to reverse or prevent the signs of aging is only step one on your journey. We've compiled the top-asked questions about Botox
and dermal fillers
so you can make informed decisions about keeping a youthful look.
Let's get right into how you can lower the magic number people think of when they ask your actual age.
What Are Injectables?
It's been over 20 years since the debut of Botox by Allergan, the famed wrinkle reducer that changes the look of aging with a few injections into the muscles around your forehead, nose or mouth. In 2002, the FDA made the groundbreaking decision to approve Botox to be used solely for aesthetic purposes, meaning for cosmetic, nonmedical use. All wrinkle arrestors that use the same active ingredient are often referred to as Botox, even if under a different manufacturer, as a modern-day colloquialism.
While botulinum toxins were approved to be administered to humans as early as 1977, this was just the beginning of research to discover its possibilities and side effects. Thousands signed up to test, with fantastic results. Finally, it was 25 years later that anyone could pay cash for units of Botox to be injected into their deepest wrinkles for a few months of much smoother skin.
The obsession with fuller lips began about the same time frame in the 1970s. Silicone injections were available for temporary or permanent fuller pouts. By the late 80s, bovine collagen was used, followed by human collagen. Today you'll find most products use hyaluronic acid, which feels and appears natural thanks to its soft dissolution.
Why Should You Consider Getting Botox or Dermal Fillers?
Since 2020, facial injection appointments have increased exponentially, primarily due to the 'Zoom Boom'. The pandemic had people seeing themselves in computer meetings, inspiring more than ever to have medical cosmetic services. Are you ready to join the millions getting anti-aging facial injections, too?
If you're in your 20s - 30s and your genetics and/or lifestyle are prone to deep wrinkles, you may choose to get started now with injectables that can arrest aging before it shows on your face. And if you're a little older, you can expect to see your forehead furrow lines disappear and loosen with multiple treatments and see the youthful fullness in your cheeks again.
Or you may be happy with your skin but want fuller lips. You can do that, too.
Which Injectable Product Does What?
There are many names and brands for different types of injectables, but we can divide them into two main categories. Botox is a wrinkle arrestor, and dermal fillers add volume to areas where the skin is lax, where fat has diminished, or in your lips. Here’s an overview of both.
Simply stated Botox
will prevent new wrinkles from forming and deepening any existing creases. Relax your facial folds and stop your muscles from creating new ones.
What’s the Cost of Botox in Sacramento?
The amount you'll pay depends on how many units you require. The price per unit of Botox here in the Sacramento area average between $11- 15. From time to time, we run specials that lower your cost to $10 per unit. Check our specials page for details.
How Many Units Are Required?
Depending on the location, the amount of wrinkle relaxation desired and how much muscle movement you want to keep, our beauty experts here at Aesthetic Envy will help you decide how many units of Botox you'll need.
Typical patients take between 10 - 50 units. If you're getting Botox for the first time, your licensed botox injector will recommend sticking to the manufacturer's direction of starting with about 20 units. Using too much could give you a "frozen face" where you cannot show enough of your expressions.
At What Age Should You Start Botox?
More and more people in their 20s and 30s are starting to get injections. In fact, since 2010, Botox injections have increased in people ages 20 to 29 by around 32 percent. If you're in your 40s and above, you should ask about getting started immediately, or you may consider other options if your facial creases are already pretty deep.
The FDA has approved Botox for use in adults over 18.
Who’s The Right Candidate for Botox?
Ideal candidates for Botox are in good physical health and not pregnant or nursing. Botox is unsuitable for those who suffer from or have a history of nerve damage or muscle conditions, such as ALS or Multiple Sclerosis.
Be sure you go in with moderately realistic expectations for your results.
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
Many worry that when Botox wears off, you look older than before. This is simply not true. As some of your wrinkles return, it can be disappointing, but regular treatments keep you looking younger even after the neurotoxin wears off.
When it comes to dermal fillers
, they not only help your face look more youthful, but they also stimulate collagen and elastin growth. This means that while you have instant results, you will see the clock turning backward.
What’s the Cost of Dermal Fillers in Sacramento?
The average price per syringe depends on the products used and who is administering it. You can expect to pay $300 - 900 per mL, which is an investment in immediate results and for the long-term as well.
How Much Filler Will You Need?
Depending on which filler product is used, the area you’re treating and the desired results your practitioner will anywhere from 0.5mL to 3mL of filler per section.
It also greatly depends on the type of filler treatment you’re getting. There can be a vast difference in product and amount used for temples, liquid nose jobs, cheeks, lips, marionette lines or tear trough fillers. The good news is that your results can build, meaning the more you keep up treatments, the less product and frequency of your visits will be needed.
What Age Should I Be to Use Dermal Fillers?
If you're looking to use a dermal filler to combat signs of aging, your mid-20s is often an excellent time to start. That's when your body begins to lose collagen, so you may want to begin prevention injections. Starting early, you'll require less product than waiting until later, when you lose more volume and have deeper creases.
The FDA has approved the use of dermal fillers for adults 21 and over.
Who’s The Right Candidate for Fillers?
People who are in good physical health and do not have any underlying health conditions that could affect healing are generally considered suitable candidates.
Other factors include not being a smoker and not having deep lines or other issues that a facelift or other surgical procedure would work better.
The good news is that for the vast majority of medical problems, there really is no interaction with hyaluronic acid fillers even if you have eczema and autoimmune conditions.
Patients with a history of extreme allergies might not be good candidates for certain types of injectable fillers because they could lead to an allergic reaction.
What Happens When You Stop Getting Fillers?
If you stop using dermal fillers one day, the effects will wear off after many months, and the treated areas will return to their original state, but your skin has produced more collagen than before. So even then, you'll have, at the very least, slowed your aging process.
Can You Get Both Types of Facial Injectables in One Appointment?
The short answer is yes! You may need to relax some wrinkles and fill the space in your skin for others. Using Botox and dermal fillers together gives many more facial sculpting options. Discuss this at your consultation appointment to see what you can do.
Do Qualifications and Experience Matter?
The practitioner you choose to cosmetically alter your face absolutely matters. Avoid costly mistakes and irreversible damage by paying certified experts. We have Registered Nurses
on staff at all times who will see to your comfort and safety.
If you’re interested in learning more about the dermal fillers and other injectables available at Aesthetic Envy in Sacramento, please call us at 916-333-4906
or visit our contact page
to book your complimentary consultation.