Botox and Dermal Fillers


Botox and Dermal Fillers at Raptou Family Dental, Columbus, OHYour skin goes through a lot. In addition to the natural aging process, your skin is also exposed to bright sunlight, harsh winds, cold temperatures, and so much more. These factors can accelerate the natural aging process of your skin, causing you to look years older than you are. When you look in the mirror, you start to notice the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin may have started to lose volume and sag. Just because these things are happening, it does not mean that you need to live with it. At Raptou Family Dental, we can help to restore a more youthful, vibrant appearance with Botox and dermal fillers.

What Is Botox?


Botox is a form of botulinum toxin A, derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is a purified protein that has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic and medical use. This injectable treatment is used to reduce, and even eliminate, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Does Botox Work?


Botox is a liquid treatment that we inject directly into your skin. Once injected into the skin, it goes to work blocking the signals sent by the nerves to targeted muscles in the face. By disrupting these signals, the muscles cannot contract. This allows your skin to smooth out, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, or even eliminating their appearance. Treatment takes only about 20 minutes, and optimal results show in about 3 to 7 days. Treatments typically last for about 3 to 4 months.

What Are Dermal Fillers?


Dermal fillers are another type of cosmetic treatment that involve injecting liquid substances directly into your skin. While often lumped together with Botox, dermal fillers are designed to restore lost volume to targeted areas of your face and body. They plump the skin, which can also help to eliminate the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Types of Dermal Fillers


There are two types of dermal fillers, natural and synthetic. Natural dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that binds moisture, keeping your skin looking plump and hydrated. Synthetic dermal fillers, on the other hand, use synthetic materials. These fillers tend to last longer than natural fillers, which break down over time. Certain types of dermal fillers can also help to stimulate the production of new collagen to keep your skin looking plumper longer.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?


Dermal fillers are injected directly into the skin at targeted areas. They plump the skin as they are injected, filling out your facial features and eliminating the appearance of facial folds, fine lines, and wrinkles. The results of these injections are immediate.

Are Botox and Dermal Fillers Safe?


Botox and dermal fillers are both considered to be very safe. Just like any other type of procedure, though, they still have some risks associated with them. Common risks of Botox include muscle freezing, drooping, and facial asymmetry. With dermal fillers, particularly natural ones, the risks are minimal.

In some cases, lumping can occur, but can be corrected. The risk of allergic reaction is also very low. We are highly trained and experienced in the use of Botox and dermal fillers and take all necessary steps to reduce the risk of any side effects.

Just because aging happens, that does not mean that you have to live with the effects, especially when your facial appearance is causing you to look many years older than you are. For more information on Botox and dermal fillers, and to find out which treatments are right for you, Call Raptou Family Dental at (614) 427-0449 today.

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