For more than 10 years, Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Ford has offered BOTOX and dermal fillers for women and men who want to soften wrinkles and other signs of aging without surgery. If you're bothered by mild to moderate facial aging but aren't yet ready to undergo surgery, injectable treatments may be the perfect option for you.
If you think your face could benefit from BOTOX or fillers such as RADIESSE®, Restylane®, and JUVÉDERM®, request a consultation with Dr. Ford. You may also call our Toronto office at (416) 925-7337 or our Oshawa office at (905) 743-9888 to schedule your appointment.
Although BOTOX and fillers are both injectable products that treat some signs of aging, the way each works is quite different.
BOTOX Cosmetic belongs to a class of drugs called neuromodulators. It treats wrinkles caused by repetitive motion, called dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX actually relaxes the muscles that cause these wrinkles, so the skin stays smooth. It's especially useful on crow's feet, horizontal forehead furrows, and vertical glabellar lines that form between the brows.
Fillers use biocompatible ingredients, typically synthetic hyaluronic acid, to physically fill in wrinkles and add volume from beneath the skin. Their active ingredients are based on substances found in the human body, making them well-tolerated by most patients. Fillers can be used to fill lines, creases, and hollowing around the eyes or temples. They can also be used to add volume and shape to areas such as the lips, cheeks, nose, chin, and hands. Over time, fillers are naturally metabolized by the body.
During your consultation, Dr. Ford assesses your face and talks to you extensively about your cosmetic goals. He may discuss controllable factors that contribute to wrinkles (smoking, for example) and discuss how you can prolong your results and improve the overall quality of your skin at home. He also helps you decide which products are best for you based on your desired results. Injectables are often indicated before surgery is considered or to complement areas of the face where surgery may not be effective.
The typical injectable procedure is comfortable and brief. Dr. Ford first cleanses your face. Although most people find the injections tolerable, we can use local anesthetic for filler injections for improved comfort. Dr. Ford makes a series of quick injections in the targeted areas. Most sessions last for about 30 minutes. Dr. Ford personally administers all BOTOX Cosmetic injections for results that are unmatched in their safety and consistency.
Dr. Ford personally administers all BOTOX Cosmetic injections for results that are unmatched in their safety and consistency.
One of the most appealing things about injectable treatments is that there is no recovery period. Most patients return to their usual activities immediately following their appointments. BOTOX injections typically cause only minor inflammation at the injection sites. Fillers may produce more swelling and minor bruising, but these typically last only 2 to 3 days.
Although the results of fillers can be seen immediately, BOTOX needs some time to take effect — typically about 7 to 14 days for full results. While patient experiences vary, wrinkle reduction from BOTOX can last up to 6 months and the results of fillers can last from 6 to 12 months. The longevity of your results is dependent on the severity of your symptoms and where on the face the products were injected.