Toxins are a preventative treatment and best used to stop “active” lines, or lines that only appear with facial movement. The best use of toxins is to prevent facial lines from being formed in the first place. Once lines or grooves are there without expression they are called “static” lines. Toxins can be used to treat “static” lines by stopping movement that can deepen them; however, they cannot erase lines that are present without movement. Those lines will need lasers or fillers to help minimize them. On average it takes about 10-14 days to see full results or movement reduction, and results may last up to 3-4 months depending on the number of units used.
Toxins are mainly used for upper face areas: frown lines, crow’s feet & forehead lines. Other areas of use include wide jawline, dimple chin or lips flip.
The number of units per area will depend on the size of muscles. The goal is to put enough in the area to stop the movement in order to minimize the formation of active lines/wrinkles. Men need a higher dose than women in general, however everyone is different.
Toxins can be injected in the lower face to treat a variety of areas however it is less commonly used than upper face.
Lip flip to roll out upper lips
Wide jaw treated with toxins to slim jawline
Fillers – Juvederm | Restylane | Revanesse Versa | RHA
Fillers add volume and fullness to the face and hands. Filler can be used on lips, cheeks, under eyes, chin, jawline, laugh lines, hands, temples and lip lines. Each type of filler has different characteristics and are chosen based on the area injected.
Full face filler: cheeks, chin and jawline
Left hand untreated, Right hand treated
Lower cheeks fillers
Patients of all ages like a fuller and more defined lip structure as the aging process will result in lip wrinkles and lip deflation. Lips can swell much easier than other area of the face and will need time to settle down. See lip filler journey.
Volume for younger lips
Most patients will use a combination of toxins and fillers to rejuvenate the face. A popular combination for fillers is cheeks and lips or cheeks, lips and chin. Some start with cheeks first and then move to another area, ie lips or lip area as the region sometimes need filler to create further fullness and definition. Our service for lip fillers in Solana Beach, CA is very popular, so stop by if you are considering this treatment.
Lips and lip corners for older lips
Whatever treatment you choose make sure your injector is well trained and experienced in the art and science of injectables in order to avoid any preventable complications.
If you are interested in learning more about toxins and fillers, or treating any of the body areas discussed above, please book a consultation with one of our medical staff in order to devise a comprehensive treatment plan.