Fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead and glabellar region, the area between the brows, are a top beauty concern for many of our Westchester aesthetic treatment patients. In some cases, especially those in which the patient has deep creases, treatment options may include the use of HA fillers, such as Belotero and Restylane Silk. Every individual is different, but for most people, a treatment with fillers lasts between six to twelve months or longer. Now a recent study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reports that preliminary research has shown that using Botox® in combination with HA fillers can prolong the effectiveness of the treatment.
How HA Fillers Work
HA Fillers like Juvederm and Voluma use Hyaluronic acid to act like a cushion beneath the skin, inflated just enough to smooth out wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally within our bodies, but as time goes by, our natural store of HA gets depleted. Treatment with a filler restores natural HA levels, giving you back your youthful appearance. There are many types of fillers approved by the FDA for aesthetic purposes, including Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane.
The Impact of Botox on HA Fillers
Our natural supply of HA diminishes over time. The same is true for HA received as an injectable filler. There are certain repetitive motions that we make, such as raising an eyebrow, squinting to read text, or even smiling, that cause the muscles to contract, thus causing the HA to break down at an accelerated rate.
What the researchers have found is that using Botox® or similar neuromodulators such as Dysport® or Xeomin®, inhibits those repetitive motions, which means that the body holds onto its supply of HA longer. In turn, the effects of filler treatment last longer when used in combination with Botox®, Dysport or Xeomin. Further testing needs to be done, with a large number of people, to get a more complete understanding of how much longer the filler treatment lasts, and of course, there will continue to be variations from individual to individual.
It’s important to note that this combination would only be applicable to areas of the face in which both a filler and neuromodulator like Botox is indicated. But for those Westchester aesthetic treatment patients who want a longer lasting treatment, this is good news!
For the best, most personal recommendation for your beauty concerns, you’ll want to talk to your SkinCenter Physician or Cosmetic Nurse Specialist.