Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology
Board Certified Dermatologist located in Columbia, MD
Your facial expressions can etch lines and wrinkles into your face, but simple injectable dermal fillers and wrinkle reducers can help eliminate these signs of aging. At Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland, expert dermatologist Cheryl Bansal, MD and her team of aesthetic specialists offer a variety of injectable treatments to help give you a more youthful appearance. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn how injectable dermal fillers and Botox products can enhance your look.
Botox & Fillers Q & A
What is Botox®?
Botox, a product developed by the pharmaceutical firm Allergan, contains a purified toxin that relaxes your facial muscles. This helps alleviate the wrinkles caused when you smile, frown, or look inquisitive. Botox is the best-known brand, but Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology also offers Dysport®, a product of Galderma Laboratories, with similarly effective results. Dr. Bansal can help you understand which wrinkle reducer is best for you.
How can Botox and Dysport help combat the signs of aging?
Botox and Dysport reduce lines and wrinkles in common areas affected by your facial expressions. These include:
- Smile lines
- Laugh lines that extend from your nose to your mouth
- Crow’s feet
- Vertical worry lines on the forehead
- Horizontal lines on the forehead
Dr. Bansal consults with you to determine the best placement for Botox injections so you get the relaxed, youthful look you desire.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers, such as the family of products offered by Juvéderm® and Restylane® are also injectables that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as fill in areas that have hollowed or thinned as you age.
Dermal fillers add hyaluronic acid, a natural skin volumizing compound that your body produces less of as you age, to fill in lines and wrinkles and plump sunken spaces.
What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers can treat lines and wrinkles and areas on your face that have lost volume. Different formulations of dermal fillers can enhance the look of:
- Nasolabial folds
- Sunken cheeks
- Thin lips
- Eye area
Consult with Dr. Bansal to establish a treatment plan that can address even delicate parts of the face.
Do dermal fillers and Botox injections hurt?
Dr. Bansal uses a very fine needle for these aesthetic injections. You will feel a slight pinch during the treatment and will have multiple injection sites. However, the treatments are quick and most patients tolerate the sensations quite well.
If you are concerned about discomfort, talk to Dr. Bansal about using ice or a numbing cream prior to injections. Some dermal fillers contain the local anesthetic lidocaine to help reduce any pain.
How long do the effects of Botox and dermal fillers last?
The wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox and Dysport last three to four months. The effects of dermal fillers linger a bit longer, usually from six to 18 months, depending on the area treated and the way your body processes the hyaluronic acid.
To retain the look achieved with aesthetic injections, talk to Dr. Bansal about establishing a regular treatment plan.
If you’re bothered by the effects aging is having on your face, call Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology or book an appointment online to learn how aesthetic injectables can help.