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Types of Wrinkles and How Botox can Treat Them

BOTOX & Dysport Westport, CT If you live, you age; there’s absolutely no way around this at the moment. What we find most often is not that our patients don’t want to age, but that they want to know how they can maintain and manage their appearance as the signs of aging develop. To date, Botox and Dysport have had a meaningful impact on the concept of anti-aging. Here, we discuss a few of the common types of wrinkles for which Botox may be ideal.

What Muscles Have to do with Wrinkles

Most people know that the skin loses resiliency with age. In some places, the skin becomes paper-thin. In other places, skin just gets saggy and wrinkled. What flies below the radar is the impact of facial muscle movement. Contrary to the weakening that affects the skin, contractions in facial muscles lead to strengthening over time. So, the older we get, the stronger and more consistent the contractions in facial muscles tend to be. This is why some people live in a perpetual frown. But rather than choose to never express emotions again, what most people do about muscle-related wrinkles is reduce or eliminate them with Botox.

Because Botox works on muscle tissue, this product is ideal for certain wrinkles only. These include:

  • Frown lines. Also referred to as glabellar lines or 11’s, the vertical lines between the eyebrows make the face appear angry.
  • Crow’s feet. Lines at the outer edges of the eyes occur when we laugh and smile. Over time, they remain even when the face is at rest.
  • Worry lines. Horizontal lines on the forehead result from raising the eyebrows. Interestingly, many people develop these lines by contracting the frontalis muscle in an effort to reduce the heavy look and feel of aging eyelids.
  • Bunny lines. This type of wrinkle sounds cute, but it can be quite a frustrating problem. Bunny lines run horizontally across the bridge of the nose. If this wrinkle exists, it may be treated alongside frown lines for more proportionate results.

Botox may also be used to reduce chin dimpling or to raise the corners of the mouth. On the lower face, however, most lines and creases are treated with dermal fillers.

When performed by an experienced provider, Botox has an excellent safety rating and high satisfaction rate among patients. To learn more, call our Westport office at (203) 557-6464.

10 Common Myths About BOTOX®

myths about botoxThere are many common myths out there concerning BOTOX® and its uses. Here are some of the most common myths that Dr. Flora Levin hears from patients, and the truth behind them.

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#1: Botox is toxic and nobody knows long term effects

FACT: Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it’s largely inactive. It has been used since the 1980’s so we do know a lot about it.

#2: Botox will give me a “frozen” or expressionless look

FACT: A “frozen” look usually is a result of overdosage. An experienced injector would know how many units to inject to get the desired effect but also look natural.

#3: Botox can erase all my wrinkles

FACT: There are 2 types of wrinkles: dynamic & static. Dynamic wrinkles are present with facial movements, static wrinkles are there at rest. While Botox can help improve both kinds of wrinkles, static wrinkles may need additional treatments, such as fillers or laser.

#4: If you stop doing Botox, the wrinkles will get worse

FACT: If you decide to stop using Botox, the wrinkles will gradually return with repeat movements. Botox will not worsen them.

#5: Botox injections are painful

FACT: This is not a painful procedure

#6: Once you start, you can’t stop

FACT: There are no addictive properties to Botox. People keep doing it because it makes them look younger and fresher (and therefore feel good)

#7: Botox will affect my body

FACT: Botox only works on the muscles where it’s injected. It cannot spread to distant areas

#8: Botox is permanent

FACT: It lasts 3-4 months

#9: Botox is only used to treat wrinkles

FACT: Botox is used for many medical purposes, such as muscle spasms and migraines

#10: Botox and Fillers are the same thing

FACT: Botox and dermal fillers are totally different substances but can be used together (or separately) to treat age-related problems.

Did you think any of these myths were true?

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Are Botox and Fillers Appropriate Summertime Treatments?

Botox Westport, CTNon-surgical cosmetic treatments are the current go-to for men and women wishing to slow down the progression of the aging process. Treatments like Botox® and dermal fillers  work in different ways when introduced into the facial tissues, but the goal is similar: a younger looking face with better contours and fewer lines. If you’ve been considering Botox, you may stop short of making your appointment if you believe that sun exposure will have an adverse effect on your treatment. Here, we discuss how Botox and dermal fillers may interact with sunlight.

Botox vs. Sunlight

Many people are under the impression that Botox and sunlight do not mix. This idea, which is false, by the way, may have originated with doctors’ orders to refrain from direct sun exposure after injectable treatment. The ultimate reason for this recommendation is to minimize the side effects that may occur after minor injections. In some instances, the slight swelling and redness that stem from injectable treatment may worsen if the skin is exposed to direct UVA and UVB light. However, being in the sun shortly after a Botox treatment will not degrade the results of injections.

What about dermal fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are frequently used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Filler products are also introduced into areas that have lost volume, such as the lips, cheeks, and hands. The way that fillers work is by adding particular biocompatible products to superficial tissue. One of the most common products found in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. This is important to know because, unlike Botox, which is a chemical that binds to neuro-receptors, the hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers can degrade due to UV exposure.

It isn’t necessary to avoid sun exposure altogether if you undergo dermal filler treatment. It can help to consider a few suggestions, though:

  • Avoid sun exposure for one week to two weeks after dermal filler treatment, especially if you have mild bruising.
  • When you do spend time outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high SPF. If possible, wear a hat, as well.
  • Add a reputable antioxidant cream or serum into your daily skincare routine to continually fight free radicals that age the skin.
  • Get your glow on using a spray tan – just give yourself at least one day of space in between your filler treatment and tanning session.

Dr. Levin is a board certified oculofacial plastic surgeon who routinely performs surgical and non-surgical procedures to rejuvenate the face. To learn more about our services, call our Westport, CT office at (203) 557-6077.

Botox or Dysport: Is This Your Question?

Botox Injections Westport, CTBotox cosmetic has been one of the most recognized aesthetic treatments to date. It feels as though this original injectable led the charge in a new era of aging gracefully. Two decades ago, when Botox was first developed, approval was limited to frown lines. In time and through proven safety and efficacy, this particular injectable expanded its reach into the realm of crow’s feet reduction, neckline treatment, and even correction of a downturned mouth. We love to love Botox, that’s obvious. And yet, we also offer Dysport. Here, we want to discuss why the two can coexist, and how you may be able to choose which approach to wrinkle reduction is best for you.

How Neuromodulators Work

Botox and Dysport are both within the neuromodulator category of facial rejuvenation. This means that they affect the muscles that are responsible for various facial expressions. It is the frequent contraction of the muscles located across the upper face that leads first to what we call dynamic wrinkles (those that are only visible during facial expression) and then to permanent lines on the face. Clinical research has demonstrated that small doses of neurotoxin have a positive effect on these muscle contractions. Both Botox and Dysport are derived from a minute, purified form of botulinum toxin A. However, there are slight variances between the two.

How Dysport Differs from Botox

Ultimately, these two wrinkle-reducing treatments share more similarities than differences. Minor differences include:

  • Slightly faster onset with Dysport; approximately 5 days versus 7.
  • Potentially faster metabolism of the Dysport product, meaning retreatment may be needed sooner.
  • Wider expansion from the injection site may occur with Dysport. This could be advantageous depending on the area of concern.
  • Dysport treatment involves a greater amount of product, though costs are usually comparable between the two.

Botox and Dysport both have the capabilities to treat common areas of concern, including the forehead and brow, the outside of the eyes (crow’s feet), the mouth, the jawline, and frown lines, to name a few. Furthermore, both drugs can be safely combined with others, such as soft tissue fillers, to make a more dramatic impact on facial aging.

In the end, the choice between Botox and Dysport comes down to preference. During a consultation with Dr. Levin, you can consider the advantages and disadvantages of each choice and move forward in the way that best meets your needs.

Contact our Westport, CT office at 203-557-6464 for personal care that helps you reveal your best self.

Botox Basics: 4 things you should consider before you get Botox

Botox Westport, CTEvery year, millions of Americans benefit from Botox treatments. Botox can temporarily remove fine wrinkles and deep creases, provide a smooth and even look. Here are four factors to consider as you contemplate getting Botox.

  1. Botox has side effects, but they are minimal: The most common side effect you will experience after a Botox treatment is bruising. Bruising is a normal and expected part of Botox and will disappear within a few weeks. Headaches are rare but sometimes happen, lasting 24-48 hours after the procedure. 1% of patients develop a drooping eyelid, but this will dissipate within a couple of weeks.
  2. Be mindful of your medications: During your Botox consultation, your doctor will discuss how to prepare for your treatment, and what substances to avoid will likely be part of that conversation. Certain medications alike aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory medications can thin the blood, causing bruising. Be sure to stop taking these medications two weeks before you go in for your Botox treatment. Also, tell your doctor if you are on any herbal supplements as well. Vitamin E, fish oil, and gingko can also cause the blood to thin. Last of all, avoid alcohol one week before your treatment.
  3. Get Botox from a board certified physician: Botox “parties” and spas are trendy, but not the place for Botox injections. Dr. Flora Levin is a board certified Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon and specializes specifically in cosmetic eyelid surgery and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Board certification is proof of your doctor’s outstanding knowledge and expertise in a particular medical specialty. With an area as visible and delicate as your face, be sure you choose the best to get the results you want. You can find out if your doctor is board certified by looking at their bio or contact page on their website. If you can’t find it there, call into the office and ask.
  4. Botox injections last 3-4 months: Botox treatments are temporary. Using a fine needle, Botox is injected into the muscles to block nerve signals. This creates a relaxed and smoother look. Within three months post treatment, you may notice the reappearance of some wrinkles. As you regularly get Botox, the muscles are trained to relax more, and the treatments may last longer.

Let us know if you have any additional questions about how Botox works. Call Dr. Flora Levin today at 203-557-6464. We look forward to helping you reach your facial cosmetic goals.

Think You Know All About Botox Injections? Better Think Again

These days, many people today are turning to Botox injections to treat their fine lines and wrinkles. While these injections have been around for quite some time, there are a few things that people still don’t know about them. Botox is commonly used for combatting lines and wrinkles, but did you know it can also be used to stop excessive sweating and even curb migraines?!

Here are a couple myths about Botox that have been around for quite some time.

Myths Surrounding Botox Injections

  • You are better off waiting until you have many fine lines and wrinkles before getting injections. Many people believe that they shouldn’t get any injections until long after the lines and wrinkles have taken over. By taking control and remaining one step ahead of your wrinkles, you can prevent your skin from showing the signs of aging before its time. Allowing the wrinkles to set in could require a different service altogether to combat deep creases and grooves.
  • Age doesn’t matter when it comes to injections. While someone who is in their 60s can benefit immensely from these botox injections, that isn’t necessarily the same for someone who isn’t even 20 yet. If you are only 18 and noticed a few lines around your eyes, you might want to wait until you are in your 20s before seeking treatment. At only 18 years of age, your body is still growing and changing. You want to make sure it is done and you know the wrinkles and lines aren’t going away before attempting to treat them.

Ready to discuss Botox treatment?
If you are ready to explore Botox and some of the other facial treatments that are available to help you love the way you look, contact Dr. Flora Levin at 203.557.6464 to schedule your consultation today.