It’s no secret that with each passing year, our skin loses just a little bit more of its firmness and elasticity. As much as we fight it, we cannot control the cellular changes that occur in our skin daily or the depletion of collagen that occurs as we age. External factors such as stress, the weather, and smoking can also speed up the development of wrinkles and make them much more obvious.
Cosmetic solutions like BOTOX and Restylane can help restore your skin to its original smoothness and youthful vitality. These minimally invasive injections are FDA-approved to decrease wrinkles, fill crease lines, and make your skin look smoother and healthier. Both procedures can be completed in a single office visit with minimal side effects, allowing you to quickly and safely return to your day-to-day routines.
Receiving Treatment at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery
At Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery, we understand the intrinsic need to restore your skin to its original smoothness and youthful vitality. Our oral surgeons can successfully treat underlying foundational issues as well as cosmetic conditions, in effect taking years off your appearance.
If you are interested in correcting unwanted wrinkles through BOTOX or Restylane treatments, please contact Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Amir Marashi or Dr. Jesse Ricciuti. For your convenience, you can visit either one of our offices in Charlotte, NC, and Gastonia, NC.
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX is one of the most effective cosmetic solutions for removing or reducing wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. BOTOX is a purified protein toxin that is injected into the skin to rejuvenate one’s appearance quickly and safely. This procedure, which is performed in minutes, temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles, forcing them to relax eventually.
How Long Does BOTOX Last?
The benefits of BOTOX last between three to four months, depending on the area being treated.
Side Effects of BOTOX
Some minor pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site may occur. These side effects are typically very minimal and resolve quickly.
Cost of BOTOX
The average cost of a single BOTOX treatment is about $420. However, the cost depends on the specific treatment areas. When used for cosmetic purposes, BOTOX is not covered by insurance. To discuss the cost of BOTOX at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery, contact us today.
What Is Restylane?
Restylane is another fantastic solution for adding volume and fullness to the skin and correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). This injectable gel has been used in more than 15 million treatments in 65 countries worldwide and is one of the most trusted solutions for removing unwanted wrinkles. That is because Restylane is made of a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the human body.
How Long Does Restylane Last?
The benefits of Restylane last between six and 18 months, depending on the area being treated.
Side Effects of Restylane
After a Restylane treatment, patients may experience swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness, or itching at the injection site. These side effects are typically mild in severity and resolve in seven to 14 days.
Cost of Restylane
The average cost of Restylane is $750. If administered for cosmetic reasons, Restylane injections are not covered by insurance. For more information regarding the price of Restylane treatments at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery, contact us today.
BOTOX vs. Restylane
BOTOX and Restylane are cosmetic solutions used to correct facial wrinkles. Both are safe and long-lasting. However, which treatment is best for you largely depends on where your trouble spots are.
BOTOX is often used to treat wrinkles and folds on the forehead and around the eyes. This treatment is effective in smoothing crow’s feet, for instance. Comparatively, Restylane can add fullness to many areas of the face but is most widely used to restore the youthful appearance of the skin around the mouth.
If you aren’t sure which treatment is best, schedule a consultation with Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery. Our trained medical professionals can help determine the appropriate course of action depending on your goals and medical history.
BOTOX and Restylane FAQs
What causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles are a natural consequence of aging. As you get older, your body produces less collagen, a protein that improves skin elasticity and blood flow. Your skin also becomes thinner and drier. All of these factors contribute to wrinkles.
Will BOTOX or Restylane make my face look unnatural?
No. If administered by a trained medical professional, BOTOX or Restylane treatments will make you look like yourself, only with smoother skin.
Is BOTOX only for women?
Not at all. More and more men are choosing to pursue BOTOX. In the past three years, men have received more than one million treatments.
Do I have to be over 40 to start BOTOX or Restylane?
No. Since everyone ages differently, the best time to start BOTOX or Restylane injections varies. Some patients begin treatment in their 20s.