Fillers and Botox have become such a part of our lexicon that many people seem to forget that injectables are a medical procedure. And we’ve all seen photos of the scary things that can happen when Botox and fillers are abused, such as droopy eyelids or fish lips. While injectables are very powerful tools for rejuvenating the face, hands, lips and neck, it is important to see someone with years of experience who really understands anatomy to wield them properly.
Dr. Robert Whitfield is a board certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice for over 20 years. His goal with every Botox and filler patients is to deliver a refreshed, natural-looking result. No one needs to know that you had anything done unless you decide to tell them; the goal is to appear simply refreshed.
The first step to a younger looking you is to schedule an injectables consultation and receive an in-depth analysis. Dr. Whitfield will listen carefully to what is bothering you about your appearance. He will then examine your skin, and discuss your lifestyle. Together, you will come up with a treatment plan that best delivers your desired outcome. This typically includes both Botox and some type of filler.
Many patients don’t seem to realize that Botox and fillers do two totally different things. Botox is a neurotoxin that diminishes the ability of the muscle in the treatment area to contract by blocking the signal to the nerves. If the muscle doesn’t move as often, you won’t see as many fine lines and wrinkles.
Most patients originally seek Botox for the eleven lines between the eyes, but the product works on any active muscle. Dr. Whitfield uses it on the crow’s feet around the eyes, in the forehead, around the upper lip and in the neck. Botox is also effective for treating excessive sweating in the hands, feet and underarms.
Fillers, on the other hand, restore lost volume. They are used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, and plump up cheeks and lips that have deflated with time. There are many different options when it comes to fillers. Some are better for certain areas than others. This is another reason why it’s imperative to see an experienced injector like Dr. Whitfield. He not only understands the pros and cons of each filler, but he knows how combine different fillers and Botox to really deliver a non-surgical facelift. Think of it as an artist mixing color on a palette while painting.
A hyaluronic acid (HA) based filler, Restylane is used by Dr. Whitfield to diminish circles under the eyes by filling in the tear trough area. He uses a cannula, as opposed to a needle, to inject the filler in order to reduce the risk of bruising.
This HA filler was specifically designed for treating “smoker’s” lines around the mouth and improving both the shape and volume of the lips. For his lip augmentation patients, Dr. Whitfield always starts small, 0.5 – 1.0 ml, and uses a cannula to deliver natural looking volume to the lips with minimal bruising and swelling.
Dr. Whitfield typically uses this filler to restore larger areas of lost volume, such as those in the mid-face and cheek. The filler is placed deep, and care is taken not to widen the face with prominent cheekbones. The goal is for you to look like you, only better.
Like Restylane, the Juvéderm family of fillers are HA-based fillers. Dr. Whitfield typically uses this one for restoring volume to the upper and lower lip as part of a lip augmentation.
This filler has the largest molecules, making it ideal for re-plumping the mid-face and cheeks. This cheek lift can be adjusted over time and prevent the need for a surgical lift. Again, the goal is to restore your cheeks, not change them.
This contains different size molecules of filler in what is called vycross technology. The benefit of Vollure is that is can provide structure without too much volume, making it an ideal filler for treating the nasolabial folds, fines lines around the mouth, and fine lines in the cheeks.
Like Vollure, Volbella uses cross linking technology. It was specifically designed for treating the lips. It is actually injected horizontally, like steps of a ladder. It smooths out the lips and delivers very subtle plumping. Patients tend to describe it as looking like permanent lip gloss.
In general, there is little to no downtime following an injectables treatment. Depending on the type of filler used and the areas treated, you may experience some post-treatment swelling and bruising. This should resolve quickly. Results can be evaluated in 1-2 weeks and improved as needed.
Costs are going to depend on the type of injectable and how much is used. During your consultation, Dr. Whitfield and his staff will be able to give you an accurate estimate of your expected costs.
To find out more about injectables with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.