Are you tired of looking tired? Do you avoid smiling in photos because of your crow’s feet? It may be time to look into cosmetic procedures. Although typically thought of as a treatment for forehead wrinkles, Botox can be used for several other places on the face and body, including the eye area. Likewise, dermal fillers are often associated with lip augmentations, but they can help plump up under-eye areas that have lost collagen due to the natural aging process. Unfortunately, many feel priced out of these procedures. Luckily, our office is running a “Refresh Your Eyes” special! For a limited time, you can snag both botox for crow’s feet and lower eyelid filler, normally $1100, for just $900! Read on to learn more about our delaware plastic surgery special.
Botox is an injectable serum made from a toxin called C. botulinum. This is where the “tox” part of Botox comes from! Although hearing the word “toxin” may raise eyebrows, this substance is FDA-approved and occurs naturally. It’s most commonly found in bodies of water like rivers, and lakes, and When manufactured correctly and injected in small doses, this serum can paralyze muscles short-term. Botox is technically just the name of the most popular brand of serum. One of the brand names our delaware plastic surgery office may carry include is Dysport.
Dermal fillers are gelatinous substances that can be injected beneath the skin. The goal is to plump up these areas that have lost the fullness that the lost collagen provided. There are two main types of fillers, fillers that are absorbed by the body and fillers that are not. There is currently only one kind of filler that does not become absorbed and is FDA-approved. This filler is made up of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads in a serum containing cow collagen. Other fillers are made up of Hyaluronic Acid. These fillers are dissolvable and often are administered together with lidocaine to help with any discomfort you may feel at the injection site. Some brands that are made from dissolvable fillers include:
When you arrive at your appointment your plastic surgeon delaware will ask you about your medical and medication history. This is to ensure you are not allergic to any of the materials that your doctor may use during the procedure. Next, your delaware plastic surgery physician will likely use a topical numbing agent to help with any discomfort you may feel from the initial injection. Your doctor will then inject the suspension into the crow’s feet area. You may hear them talk about your “patterns,” which are the directions your crow’s feet extend. This helps the surgeon tailor the administration process to your skin to achieve the best results for your wrinkle pattern. You may also hear them talk about “units.” These “units” are the way surgeons measure how much Botox to give the area. Typically, you will only need five units or so per eye. Due to the small surface area, the entire process will only last a few minutes.
Like with Botox, your plastic surgeon delaware will ask about your medical history and medications list and then proceed with giving you a topical anesthetic. After the anesthetic takes effect, your doctor will then begin with the procedure. There are two ways of placing the filler into the under-eye area: the classic needle, or the newer cannula method. With the needle method, your physician will inject the site solely with a needle. The number of injections you need will vary in your pattern and the severity of it. With the cannula method, a small plastic tube is inserted into the area the needle is penetrated. With this method, you may only need one injection. You may feel some pressure around your eye, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.
Botox requires very little downtime. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t best practices regarding your aftercare. After your Botox session, one of the things you’ll want to avoid is rubbing the area. This can cause the filler to migrate to other areas of your face. If you’re physically active and enjoy hitting the gym, you’ll want to refrain from exercising for at least 24 hours. This is because blood flow increases with exercise and can also potentially spread the product around the face. Check with your plastic surgeon wilmington de on whether it’s safe to resume your medications if you took a break from them before your procedure. Some bruising and soreness may occur, but it should lift in a few days. As far as results, you should start to see improvement in just 3 days and can last up to 4 months. For optimal results, you may need to come back to your delaware plastic surgery office for a few sessions.
After your under-eye dermal filler, the area may look a little lumpy. The area will flatten out in the following hours. You may also have some bruising and swelling. You can help prevent further swelling and soothe the area by applying an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the area. Sometimes the bruising can be quite dark, but it should dissipate in about 72 hours. You should avoid exercise, alcohol, and touching the face to avoid displacing the filler. The great thing about dermal fillers is that the results are visible right away. For the final look, however, you should be patient. It may take up to 2 weeks to see the full effect. As with botox, for best results, you may need to come back for touch-ups, but many patients are satisfied with just the initial filler.
We hope we’ve helped you to learn more about botox and under-eye filler procedures. As always, every case and every delaware plastic surgery office is different. Make sure to follow your physician’s advice and aftercare instructions. Are you tired of hearing “you look tired?” Do you feel like the person in the mirror looks older than they should? You may benefit from trying one of these procedures. With our “Refresh Your Eyes” special, now is the perfect time to test the waters. To schedule your plastic surgeon delaware consultation, call or contact us on our site today!