Veneers can correct issues affecting the front surfaces of teeth. They are made from porcelain or ceramic. Unlike crowns, these devices only cover the front portions of the tooth and take less time to apply. Veneers look and feel like natural teeth. Veneers are best for treating issues such as:
BOTOX® is a neuromuscular agent, which works by blocking signals which travel between the facial muscles and the brain. These signals cause contractions in the muscles when the face is moved. As the muscles contract, they tug on the skin which lies on top. This causes lines and creases to form. These wrinkles are known as dynamic wrinkles because they are directly related to motion and movement throughout the face. Gradually and after many, many facial movements, lines and creases deepen, eventually staying visible even when the face is not moving. By blocking the signals between the brain and facial muscles, BOTOX® keeps the muscles from contracting. This causes the lines and wrinkles to fade and helps the skin to look smoother and more youthful. BOTOX® injections are typically used around the eyes and forehead, and occasionally around the lips.
Dermal fillers are used to treat a different type of wrinkles known as static wrinkles. Static wrinkles form due to the aging process, sun damage, gravity, genetics, smoking, and similar factors. Like BOTOX®, dermal fillers are injected into the affected skin. However, they use a gel-like substance to achieve their results. The fillers literally “fill in” lines and wrinkles, helping skin to look fuller and smoother. Some fillers can also assist the skin to retain moisture underneath the surface in addition to promoting collagen production. This allows the skin to continue to look smooth and firm.
Many patients like to use both cosmetic fillers and BOTOX® to treat both dynamic and static wrinkles in different areas of the face at the same time.
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