If you’ve been looking in the mirror and wishing there was something you could do to erase the telltale signs of aging on your face, you’re not alone. As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin, which means we lose facial volume and gain wrinkles. Think of it like the surface and shape of a grape. It starts out plump and smooth, but over time the skin becomes drier and more wrinkled as the volume inside the grape decreases.
A similar process can be said to happen with our face, as aging brings reduced elasticity and loss of fat and muscle strength. This leads to wrinkles and sagging skin in the form of droopy upper eyelids, lower eyebags, hollows under the eyes, or wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
The good news is that today there are effective non-surgical procedures that can rejuvenate the face for a more youthful appearance. Botox and fillers are two of the most common procedures that are effective for smoothing wrinkles and restoring lost volume.
Botox or Fillers? Or Both?
Both Botox and fillers, like Restylane and Juvederm are great alternatives to surgical procedures, but each is used for different purposes. Botox relaxes the muscles that are causing wrinkles, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, while fillers add volume to “fill” wrinkles.
Botox is commonly used on the forehead, the brow, and on crow’s feet around the eyes to soften wrinkles. Fillers may be used all over face to fill fine lines or deeper wrinkles, get rid of dark circles under the eyes, or plump up the lips.
Whether Botox or fillers are better for you depends on your unique facial factors, including bone structure, sun exposure over time, genetics, and smoking history. Sometimes Botox and fillers are most effective when they’re used hand in hand, but the right combination is different for everyone.
At Baptist Eye Surgeons, Dr. Andrew Anzeljc specializes in non-surgical procedures such as Botox and fillers, as well as cosmetic eyelid surgery. Dr. Anzeljc says, “Botox and fillers are very safe and effective for restoring a more youthful appearance to the face, and many people are delighted with the outcome. Men as well as women are benefitting from these common procedures every day.”
If you’d like to look younger, schedule a consultation with Dr. Anzeljc to discuss how Botox or fillers might be right for you. Baptist Eye Surgeons is an ophthalmological practice in Knoxville, TN, and Morristown, TN, dedicated to providing quality eye care to patients whose needs range from cosmetic improvements to complex eye surgeries. To learn more about our specialities, visit our website, or give us a call at 865-579-3920 for more information, or schedule an appointment online.