Botox® and Dermal Fillers in Baltimore, MD
As we age, the skin stretches and loses elasticity, facial muscles lose volume and elasticity, and the facial fat moves and loses volume resulting in wrinkles, sagging skin, and other familiar signs of aging. If you want to turn back the hands of time and smooth out fine lines on the face, Botox or dermal filler injections are an excellent way to improve your appearance with minimal downtime.
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, the same toxin that causes botulism. However, when appropriately used in a therapeutic context, Botox is safe and has few side effects. That's because the forms of purified botulinum toxin used by a licensed health care provider like Dr. Oliver meet medical control standards set by U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Botox injections weaken or paralyze targeted muscles or block the nerves. As a result, injected muscles can't contract. The muscle injected depends on the primary area of concern, but several areas can be treated in one session. The effects last about three to twelve months, depending on what you are treating.
The most common use of Botox injections is to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles in several areas of your face, including your eyebrows, forehead, nose, eyes, lips, chin, jawline, neck, and nose. Botox can also be used to treat several medical conditions, including:
Excessive muscle contractions (dystonia)
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating
Cervical dystonia - a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
Botox injections can also be used to treat vaginismus which is a medical condition that causes involuntary vaginal muscle spasms and can be the cause of difficulty with penetration and vaginal pain during intercourse. For vaginismus, Botox is injected into the vaginal muscles that contract to cause pain and prevent penetration. By paralyzing the muscles that contract, Dr. Oliver has had promising results with Botox.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to add volume and fullness. They are designed to treat signs of aging or other cosmetic issues by revitalizing the skin and diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles to restore a natural, youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are safe when administered by a licensed healthcare professional using only FDA-approved fillers.
Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help address:
Smooth out a chin crease
Plump and enhance thinning lips
Fill in or soften the look of recessed scars
Enhance and restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples
Smooth out lines around the nose and mouth (such as marionette lines, smile lines, and parentheses)
Decrease or remove the shadow or wrinkle under the eyes caused by the lower eyelid
Fill in or soften static wrinkles (these wrinkles are usually a result of a loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin)
Improve symmetry among facial features
The results of a single treatment can be seen instantly and usually last between 6 and 18 months, depending on several factors, like the type of filler and where it's injected.
What Are the Benefits of Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Although Botox and dermal fillers are different types of injectables, they complement each other well.
Multiple skin concerns can be improved simultaneously: While Botox focuses on dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions, dermal fillers smooth out static wrinkles, which are visible even when the face is at rest.
Address different parts of the face simultaneously: They also allow you to address multiple areas of the face simultaneously – Botox is typically used around the eyes and forehead, whereas dermal fillers are generally used on the middle and lower regions of the face.
Minimally invasive with instant results: Botox and dermal fillers provide minimally invasive, quick treatment options for aging skin with results that can last for several months or more.
Why Should You Get Botox Injections and Dermal Fillers Done With An MD?
Although not surgical, Botox and filler injections are still serious medical procedures that require specific training, knowledge, and skill to ensure safe treatment and natural-looking results. Getting your cosmetic treatments from an MD ensures you receive an FDA-approved, medical-grade product and an experienced, qualified doctor who knows how much to give and where to place the injections to avoid harmful side effects. Also, a physician can ensure you get the proper help if you suffer from an adverse reaction.
Schedule Your Botox or Filler Appointment in Baltimore Today
At Total Women's Health of Baltimore, we are committed to helping you look youthful, confident, and beautiful. When you come in for an aesthetic consultation at our Baltimore, MD, practice, Dr. Oliver will perform a thorough evaluation to identify problem areas that we can help you improve and help you select the best treatment to address your concerns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!