Nonsurgical Facial Enhancement Procedures
If you are not quite ready for cosmetic surgery but wish to improve your facial appearance, there are many nonsurgical facial enhancement procedures available for you. Three amazing procedures are Botox, dermal fillers, and fat grafting/injections.
To prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases between the brows, around the eyes, and on the forehead, you can get Botox injections. Botox is a solution called botulinum toxin A, which temporarily paralyzes the muscles of the face. The doctor injects the forehead and eye region every 3-4 months with the Botox solution.
Patients are very satisfied with the Botox procedure. In a recent clinical study, researchers found that patients were highly satisfied with Botox injections. Botox injection for facial rejuvenation has a superior track record and excellent clinical outcomes (95%).
Restylane (Hyaluronic Acid)
Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like solution that can add fullness to hollow facial areas and fill in moderate to severe wrinkling. Restylane is one of the name brands of hyaluronic acid, which is often used around the mouth to fill the nasolabial folds. When hyaluronic acid is injected into the cheeks or lips, it adds volume for a softer, younger appearance. Restylane has a duration of around 6 months.
In a clinical study, volume restoration was achieved using hyaluronic acid filler. Of the 60 subjects, 95% of subjects reported that they were very satisfied with the aesthetic outcome. In this study, patients received hyaluronic acid injections to the chin, jawline, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and temporal areas.
Fat transfer to the face is used to add volume where time has reduced the amount of facial fat. New techniques have made fat grafting more effective as a potentially permanent facial filler. Fat is used to improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fill in hollow cheeks, and contour an asymmetrical face. The fat is removed via a liposuction technique from a problematic area, such as the abdomen. After being processed in the operating room, the prepared fat solution is injected into the face.
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