Injectable cosmetic treatments like Botox® and dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin. At Desert Ophthalmology in Palm Desert and Palm Springs, California, Dr. Wallace Goldban and RN Elizabeth Aguilar, offer injectable treatments to help you look your best. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about these minimally invasive cosmetic treatments and how they can improve the appearance of your skin.
Injectable cosmetic treatments are serums and solutions that a licensed provider like Dr. Goldban and RN Elizabeth Aguilar injects into your skin to improve its appearance.
The two most common forms of injectables are dermal fillers and diluted neurotoxins like Botox. Both dermal fillers and Botox reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, skin folds, and sagging loose skin.
Botox and dermal fillers work in slightly different ways.
Botox uses a diluted solution of the botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze the small facial muscles that pull your skin into expressions and wrinkles. As your muscles relax, the skin covering them also releases, reducing the appearance of your wrinkles.
Botox has been FDA-approved for cosmetic uses since 2002, and millions of people around the world have benefitted from Botox injections. You can usually notice the effects of Botox within 3-7 days and they can last for several months, although touch-up appointments are necessary to maintain your smooth skin.
Dermal fillers work differently than Botox. They’re gels made of chemicals found naturally in your skin, including hyaluronic acid and collagen. When Dr. Goldban injects a filler into your skin, the gel fills in and plumps your wrinkles. The FDA has approved several brands of dermal fillers as a way to plump lips, cheeks, and chins.
The process for receiving an injectable treatment is similar for both Botox and dermal fillers. Dr. Goldban cleanses your face and marks the sites where the injections will have the best effect. If you have sensitive skin, he can provide a cold compress or topical numbing agent to ensure your comfort.
Then, using a small needle, he makes the injections. A Botox appointment takes approximately 20 minutes and dermal fillers take between 30-60 minutes. When Dr. Goldban injects dermal fillers, he stops to check his progress or gently massage the filler gel into place.
You can get right back to your daily responsibilities after Botox or dermal fillers injections, although Dr. Goldban recommends avoiding physical activity for 24 hours after your appointment.
You should always protect your skin from the sun by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen or a wide-brimmed hat while you’re outside as the sun’s UV rays cause skin damage that leads to signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging.
If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, call Desert Ophthalmology or make an appointment online today.