Over the years, your skin begins to wrinkle and lose its elasticity. The natural aging process is inevitable, but cosmetic injectables like Botox® and fillers can keep your skin looking vibrant and supple. At Penn’s Rock Primary Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the caring family medicine specialists, Monika Vansant, DO, Abigail Tyler, CRNP, and the team provide Botox and fillers to people ages 20 and older. To schedule an appointment for Botox and fillers, call the office or book online today.
Botox and fillers are cosmetic injectables designed to improve the appearance of your skin. They’re often mentioned together, but Botox and fillers are two different things:
Botox is an injectable that minimizes the appearance of wrinkles caused by frowning, smiling, or scowling. When Botox enters your skin, it blocks nerve signals from reaching muscles in your face. Over time, that process relaxes your muscles, making your skin appear younger and smoother.
Fillers are similar to Botox, but instead of smoothing wrinkles, they plump loose skin. Specifically, fillers encourage the production of collagen and elastin –– natural proteins that maintain your skin.
The team at Penn’s Rock Primary Care uses fillers to plump lips, fill cheeks, and minimize the appearance of smile lines.
Botox is best known for its wrinkle-reducing capabilities, but it’s also approved for other treatments. The team at Penn’s Rock Primary Care regularly prescribes Botox to correct excessive sweating, muscle spasms and chronic pain.
Before you receive Botox or fillers, it’s important that you complete a physical exam.
During the exam, your Penn’s Rock Primary Care provider reviews your medical records and asks if you have any underlying medical conditions or allergies. They also ask if you take any prescription medication, supplements, or vitamins that may interfere with the treatment. You’ll need to answer your provider’s questions honestly to ensure that you receive proper treatment.
On the day of your injections, don’t wear any makeup. The team may also ask you to avoid taking blood-thinning medication, like aspirin, to reduce the risk of bruising.
The number of Botox or filler injections you need depends on several factors, including the issues addressed, your goals, and your medical history. After an exam and a discussion of what you like and wish to change about your appearance, the team at Penn’s Rock Primary Care can develop a custom treatment plan.
Botox and fillers are safe and usually well-tolerated, but like any minimally invasive procedure, there are risks. Before administering the injections, your provider cleans your skin and numbs it with a topical anesthetic.
However, after the anesthesia wears off, you may experience:
Please don’t rub, massage, or apply pressure to the treatment area for several hours, as these activities can cause the Botox or filler to spread into other parts of your body and adversely affect your results.
To see if you’re a candidate for Botox and fillers, call the Penn’s Rock Primary Care office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or book online today.