Botox & Fillers

Is Botox® or a filler for you? Instead of rushing in because it’s the latest “thing,” consult Dr. Dwana R. Shabazz of Renascance Dermatology in Fairfax, Virginia. She helps you intelligently decide where and when to undergo these treatments so you get the most cosmetic benefit. If you’re in the area surrounding Fairfax, book an appointment today.

Botox and Fillers Q & A

What’s Botox?

Botox is short for Botulinum toxin type a. It’s actually a natural protein that relaxes the muscles in your face to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Botox has been well-tested and used extensively, and is generally considered the safest option on the market for wrinkle reduction.

Who should get Botox treatments?

You might seek out Botox treatment to soften fine lines, such as those around the mouth and forehead, as well as to give you a refreshed, more energized appearance. Dr. Shabazz examines the entirety of your face to see where to inject the Botox to give you the most natural results. Treating a single offending wrinkle can look unnatural and imbalanced.

What’s involved in a Botox treatment?

Dr. Shabazz injects the solution using a fine needle. Although it’s an outpatient process, meaning you go home right afterwards, the needle may cause mild swelling or bleeding which subsides in a day or so. You’ll have no restrictions following treatment and can even apply makeup to cover any mild bruising.

How long do the treatments last?

The effects of Botox last 3-6 months, depending on the individual and the area treated.

What are fillers?

Fillers are also injected into your skin, but instead of relaxing muscles, they pump up areas that sag and wrinkle due to the natural aging process.

As you age, the collagen and elastin that gives skin a youthful, springy appearance diminishes. You also start to have less hyaluronic acid, which also supports your skin and prevents lines and wrinkles. Fillers “fill” in for the loss of your own skin support. Use the filler to treat wrinkles or deeper depressions.

How are fillers used?

Dr. Shabazz injects a filler, usually hyaluronic acid, with a fine needle into the places in your face that need it. It’s a quick procedure with minimal discomfort. You’ll also see the results right away. Fillers may also be used to plump the lips. Discuss with Dr. Shabazz the best way to use fillers for your desired look.