Nothing lights up a room like a bright, dynamic smile. But when eye crinkles and forehead wrinkles are more noticeable than your smile, it may be time to start thinking about ways to smooth them. As the holidays approach and we celebrate the season, here are some quick, minimally-invasive ways to look and feel your brightest.
The lines we observe while people are smiling result from facial muscles contracting beneath the skin. As skin becomes thinner and less elastic, those lines become more noticeable. While facial lines can make us look distinguished, softening the lines can help us look more rested and youthful.
Botox™ injections are the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Botox Cosmetic™ is a protein that, when injected in small amounts, can selectively weaken those muscles of expression to soften the wrinkles. The procedure takes less than 5 minutes and medication takes its full effect in 1 to 2 weeks. Typically, the results last between 3 and 4 months, with the muscles slowly regaining their function and returning to their original appearance. When injected properly and judiciously, Botox™ can help balance and smooth the face.
With age, skin thins and stretches. Dermal fillers help diminish facial lines and augment lost facial volume. The type of filler chosen is based on the area to be addressed as well as the desired effect. Some examples of how dermal fillers can be used include: plumping thin lips, filling shallow contours, softening deep facial lines or grooves, and improving the appearance of depressed scars.
The procedure takes less than an hour and the effect can last up to 2 years, depending on the type of dermal filler and the location it is placed. Restoring facial volume can be a subtle and natural-appearing way to age gracefully.
At Duet Plastic Surgery, we are a team of female plastic surgeons with a discreet boutique practice in Palo Alto. We take pride in restoring confidence and helping our patients become the most self-assured versions of themselves.