Age can not only affect how you look, but it may affect how you feel about your look. Wrinkles and other such lines become more prominent in our profiles the older we get. However, just because these signs of aging are someday inevitable, it doesn’t mean they have to stick around. At Old Town Medspa, we offer BOTOX® among other dermal fillers to help erase any signs of aging that may cause you any discomfort in your appearance.
Located in Chicago, Illinois, Old Town Medspa is led by Drs. Shazel and Nael Gharbi. Both are board certified in internal medicine and completed advanced training in laser, light and radio frequency technologies. They are also certified with BOTOX® and other filler trainings with the International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.
What Are BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers?
The older people get, the more their skin sags. Simultaneously, the facial muscles we’ve been using our entire lives begin to surface, becoming more noticeably defined in our skin. This combination can lead to the development of smile lines and crow’s feet. BOTOX® and dermal fillers are used to treat such facial lines, restoring volume in the face for a youthful look. Contact us today to see if an injectable treatment may be right for you.
BOTOX® and dermal fillers can be used to:
- Smoothen any facial wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of age scars
- Enhance hollow cheeks
- Add volume to thin lips
What Is the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?
Botox™ and fillers are two different cosmetic treatments available at Old Town Medspa in the Chicago, IL, metropolitan area. They both can be used to combat signs of aging, but they are not interchangeable. The differences between these procedures will depend on your needs and expectations.
Botox™ is a popular treatment that uses botulinum toxin type A to temporarily relax facial muscles and smooth out wrinkles. It works well for some people, particularly those whose facial expressions cause their faces to crease or wrinkle easily. On the other hand, it is ineffective in all cases because everyone has different habits that lead to wrinkles over time. Our team at Old Town Medspa of the Chicago, IL area uses Botox™ primarily for dynamic wrinkles, which include glabellar lines, crow's feet, and forehead folds.
While Botox™ is only suitable for a short-term change, fillers can last anywhere from six months to a year. Dermal fillers are used to fill in lines and wrinkles that have already developed due to aging or sun damage. They work by bringing water into the skin cells with an ingredient known as hyaluronic acid, which plumps up the area where they are applied. This makes the skin look smoother and healthier as it fills out the face. This is how you can achieve a more youthful look using dermal fillers.
Choose a cosmetic specialist in the community who offers both of these treatments and has experience with each type of procedure. The professionals at Old Town Medspa offer Botox™ and dermal fillers for whatever you need!
How Do I Prepare for a Cosmetic Injectable Appointment?
Preparing for a cosmetic injectable appointment will depend on the type of treatment you are receiving. As experts in both Botox™ and dermal fillers, our team at Old Town Medspa can help you choose which is right for you based on your needs and expectations. Below are a few universal preparatory recommendations for you prior to your cosmetic injectables visit:
- Avoiding alcohol before and after your appointment
- Stopping smoking if possible or at least reducing your intake to a minimum; this will help improve circulation and reduce the risk of bruising around the injection area. Ask our team for more tips on how to quit smoking!
- Not taking any blood-thinning medication, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E supplements. This can increase your risk of bruising and bleeding around the injection site.
- Letting our team know if you’re taking any prescription medication, as they may interfere with the procedure and reduce its effectiveness.
How Long Will The Results of My Cosmetic Injections Last?
The variety of injectables used and the area being treated will be factored in to determine how long the results might last. Most cosmetic injections will last anywhere from several months to up to a year.
Can Injectables Be Combined With Other Services?
Absolutely! At Old Town Medspa, we may recommend a combination of injectable treatments to achieve a "liquid facelift" for the patient. Both Botox and dermal fillers can be used together to get the best results.
What Is The Recovery for BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers?
Following an injectable treatment, no downtime for recovery is necessary; patients can get right back into their routines or activities. Patients may experience mild swelling or bruising, temporary redness or numbness. However, these symptoms can be relieved with topical icing. These conditions can improve anywhere between a few hours to just a few days following treatment, depending on the patient.
Am I A Good Candidate For BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers?
If you don’t smoke, are physically healthy, and have realistic goals in regard for your appearance, then you may be a good candidate for BOTOX® and dermal fillers. Contact us today and schedule a consultation appointment so that our medical staff can help determine if a dermal filler may be the right treatment for your aesthetic goals.
If signs of aging may be bothersome to you and is even affecting your everyday mood, then a dermal filler may be a solution to consider. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about Dermal Fillers and determine if it’s the right treatment for you. Our medical staff is here to help you meet your aesthetic goals.