Are you starting to notice lines and wrinkles creeping up around your eyes or mouth? If so, you may want to start thinking about noninvasive treatment options. Today, both neuromodulators and fillers can be used to correct these signs of aging. However, how do you know which one is right for you? Read on for a breakdown of these different treatments.
Botox and Dysport are classified as neuromodulators, and are made up of botulinum toxin type A. Throughout our lives, we make many facial expressions, that cause our muscles to contract. After repeated use, these muscles can cause lines and wrinkles in the upper face. Neuromodulators work by temporarily relaxing these muscles so that they do not contract, smoothing facial lines. These treatments are most commonly used to lines on the forehead, between the brows, and at the corners of the eyes, and can last from 3-6 months.
Fillers differ from neuromodulators in that they add volume under the skin to smooth out smile lines and restore lost volume. At our office, we offer an array of fillers including Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane, and Sculptra. Most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule that attracts and binds water under the skin to create volume. Fillers are commonly used to treat smile lines, and add volume to the cheeks and augment the lips. Results can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the formula used.
If you are interested in learning more about neuromodulators and fillers, contact Plastic Surgery of Southern Maryland today to schedule a consultation.