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Serving the areas of Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Southern Maryland and beyond, at The Hair Loss Clinic, we specialize in the treatment of hair loss, medically and surgically including Hair Transplant and prevention of significant hair loss in both men and women. We also provide Anti-Aging treatments to help you retain unblemished, youthful skin. If you are experiencing the devastating effects of hair loss or aging signs and would like to learn more about the latest treatment options that are available to you, please make an appointment with us, or call us at (703) 914-4247 today.
A very common question that is asked at The Hair Loss Clinic is “What exactly the difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?” For this let’s take a step back and understand the types of wrinkles, viz. static and dynamic.
Dynamic wrinkles are those which can be prominently seen as an effect of emotions that are expressed on the face like smiling which causes smile lines, frowning which causes frown lines, squinting which causes crow’s feet, etc. these wrinkles are easily smoothened by Botox.
However, when it comes to static wrinkles, these are generally formed due to loss of elasticity and collagen. These wrinkles deepen with age and they cannot be smoothened by Botox. In this case, derma fillers come into the picture as they can be used to get rid of static wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are essentially gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin’s surface. They aid in restoring volume to the facial features and giving a plumper look.
They also help in smoothing the small fine lines, creases and wrinkles which are the most prominent indicators of aging. They also enhance the contours of the face, making it look younger, fuller and smoother.
There are various derma fillers which are FDA approved. The Hair Loss Clinic uses only US-FDA approved Derma Fillers.
Here is a list of a few of the most commonly used derma fillers:
This is a naturally occurring substance in the body and hence there are no risks involved in HA fillers. HA fillers are soft, gel-like substances that generally last for about 6 to 12 months before slowly and naturally being absorbed by the body.
FDA approved HA products include Juvederm products, Restylane products.
Juvederm is a brand of dermal filler with a base of hyaluronic acid. In the US, it is one of the most commonly used non-surgical methods to plump up your face. It specifically targets the cheeks, lips and smile lines around the mouth.
Restylane is another brand of dermal fillers with a base of hyaluronic acid. Just like Juvederm, Restylane also has various products that target different issues and problem areas.
As both Juvederm and Restylane have a base of the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, they are both very safe and effective fillers that bring about the smooth, plump and youthful appearance that one wishes for.
CaHa is a naturally occurring substance in the bones. In this particular filler, minuscule calcium particles are suspended in a thick gel. The consistency as well as the lasting power of CaHa is more than that of HA. CaHa also helps in naturally stimulating collagen production. CaHa is generally used for deeper lines and wrinkles.
Radiesse is an FDA approved CaHa filler. Upon injection, Radiesse Volumizing Filler immediately provides the volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. But what’s unique about Radiesse Volumizing Filler is that it acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. This process continues for several months, which extends the initial effect of Radiesse Volumizing Filler. Best of all, the natural results are clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients.
Poly-L-lactic acid is a biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic substance. Biocompatible means that this filler will not have an adverse effect on the body when injected. Poly-L-lactic is a collagen stimulator and has a long lasting effect. It can show its effect for about 2 years.
Sculptra is an FDA approved Poly-L-lactic fillers.
PMMA is synthetic and biocompatible filler, when injected takes the form of a tiny ball or microsphere.The unique microspheres are not absorbed by your body and work with your skin to produce collagen which provides the support, your skin needs for natural, long lasting results. It is semi-permanent filler as it remains beneath the skin giving it a definite shape and smoother appearance. It also contains collagen which helps for a youthful look. Bellafill (previously Artefill) is an FDA approved PMMA.
In this case, fat is harvested from other parts to the body, which tend to have excess fat like the flanks, buttocks, thighs, etc. mostly through liposuction. This fat is then processed and injected into the problem areas of the face like cheeks, chin, beneath the lower eyelid, etc.
It is very necessary to have a consultation with Dr Balvant Arora before opting for the process so as to decide the ideal type of filler according to the facial structure and your needs.
Here is what you can expect on the day of your procedure:
During the first visit, Dr. Balvant Arora, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will obtain detailed medical history and history of any facial treatment taken so far. Medical and surgical treatment options will be discussed. If you are the right candidate for fillers, the process will be explained.
Consultation is an important factor when it comes to dermal fillers. Understanding the facial structure and the patient’s desire is also very important. At our clinic, Dr Balvant Arora takes utmost care to cater to the patient’s requirement.
Before injecting the fillers, Dr Balvant Arora will first cleanse the area and apply an anaesthetic ointment. Very rarely, local anaesthesia may be required. Some fillers may contain lidocaine, a mild anaesthetic which helps to get rid of any discomfort one might face during the process. The doctor will then inject the filler into the marked areas with great care so as to have the desired results.
The recovery after dermal fillers is fairly simple and comfortable.
The doctor may advise you to apply ice on the injected areas in order to alleviate the bruising or soreness which is common after the process. Also, one must take care so as to not massage or apply pressure in the injected areas as this might have a negative impact upon the result.
The results are generally visible immediately and one can resume their work within a few hours after the injections without any worry. However, the doctor advises avoiding any vigorous physical activity for at least 24 hours.
The very rare risks associated with dermal fillers are as follows:
Utmost care must be taken in order to avoid these risks from turning into reality.
In case you are wondering whether or not Dermal fillers are right for you, we invite you for a consultation with Dr Balvant Arora, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and he will guide you further on this subject.
Dr. Balvant Arora is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon dedicated to the treatment of various hair related issues ranging from hair loss and hair growth treatments to hair transplants. Holding a speciality in hair related treatments, he is also thoroughly experienced in aspects of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. He has been actively and effectively practicing in the US for the past 21 years. Patient requirement and safety is his utmost priority. He attentively listens to patient’s concerns, thoroughly evaluates them and then recommends a personalized treatment plan. In addition to that, he has a holistic approach and advises patients about the importance of nutrition and supplements to maintain healthy hair that work greatly in the long run.
Botox is the short form of BOtulinum TOXin. It is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum.
Botox is a neurotoxin that cosmetically helps in getting rid of any fine lines and wrinkles which develop with age. It helps in restoring the smooth and youthful appearance of the face.
Botox also helps in correcting certain medical conditions like hyperhidrosis, eye twitching, lazy eye, cervical dystonia, bladder dysfunction, and migraine etc.
There is a neurotransmitter known as Acetylcholine which attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. Botox injections prevent the release of Acetylcholine, which stops muscle cells from contracting. Thus Botox primarily paralyzes the underlying muscles, that cause the dynamic wrinkles of the face, where it is injected and thus halts the creation of the wrinkles. This is a temporary pause which lasts about 4 months.
At The Hair Loss Clinic, led by Dr Balvant Arora, botox is a minimally invasive and effective procedure that helps to get rid of some of the common issues like frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet (wrinkles around eyes), etc. As these come under the category of dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles formed due to action of underlying muscles while expressing emotions like frowning, smiling etc.), Botox is highly effective in these cases.
Static wrinkles (wrinkles that tend to deepen and stay even after muscles contract or relax) on the other hand do not benefit from Botox.
During the first visit, our doctor will obtain detailed medical history and surgical history and history of any facial treatment taken so far. Medical and surgical treatment options will be discussed. If you are the right candidate for Botox, the process will be explained.
Consultation is an important factor when it comes to Botox. Understanding the facial structure and the patient’s desire is also very important. At The Hair Loss Clinic, Dr Balvant Arora takes utmost care to cater to the patient’s requirement.
Here is what you can expect on the day of your procedure:
Botox is a minimally invasive process and thus does not need any anaesthesia. It is directly injected into the problem areas to correct the issue at hand.
For the procedure, a very thin needle is used in order to insert small amounts of botulinum toxin. Dr Balvant Arora takes utmost care that only the wrinkle producing muscles are targeted so as to not disturb the natural features of the face.
The amount of injections depends upon the extent of the wrinkles as well as the facial structure. It can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to administer Botox and the results of the same are fully visible after about 72 hours.
The recovery after the treatment is quite simple. The doctor generally advises the application of ice to the injected area so as to control the swelling or soreness that might occur.
The doctor also suggests avoiding vigorous exercise for 4 hours after the procedure and also avoid applying any pressure or massaging the injected areas as this may move the Botox to other areas.
Apart from this, there are no additional precautions that need to be taken after the procedure. Generally, patients resume their work immediately after a few hours on the same day.
Like every other procedure, there are a few rare risks associated with Botox as well. Some of them include:
Although these risks are very rare, utmost care must be taken before, after and during the process so as to avoid these risks from turning into a reality.
In case you are wondering whether or not Botox is right for you, we invite you for a consultation at The Hair Loss Clinic with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr Balvant Arora, who will guide you further on this subject.
Meet Your Doctor
Bobby Spence is a Certified Trichologist with over 15 years experience as well as a licensed Cosmetologist, Medical Aesthetician and Makeup Artist appearing on ABC’s Extreme Makeover. He is certified through the International Association of Trichologist and is a Fox News Hair Loss Expert. Bobby has helped thousands of women and men with hair loss and scalp issues both nationally and international Bobby has been interviewed on television, radio, and has appeared in various magazines. As a Fox News Hair Loss Expert, Bobby has appeared in over 1000 Fox News Radio affiliates nationwide discussing hair loss. Bobby has also conducted training courses for top dermatologists and medical doctors in the field of Trichology. Additionally, He has also participated in the Miss USA Beauty Pageant as a judge.
The Hair Loss Clinic is America’s leading hair care clinic with more than 15 years of rich experience in the field of hair restoration, transplants and comprehensive hair growth solutions that work for patients of different genders, age groups and ethnicities.
Our Clinic is led by award-winning, Board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr Balvant Arora, whose encyclopedic medical knowledge, 2 decades of on-field experience and immense passion for his work make him the doctor who delivers results! He specialises in holistic treatments that can eliminate the problem of hair loss effectively forever.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of Hair Restoration and Plastic Surgery, our leader – Dr Balvant Arora has a broad perspective and in-depth understanding of not only hair loss but also how genetics plays a big role in it.
Dr Balvant Arora has extensively researched how our DNA affects hair loss and hair growth. Hence, The Hair Loss Clinic offers solutions based on ethnicities too. This approach has given our patients (from African-American and Hispanic ethnicities) much better results than the usual cookie-cutter medical treatment. The Hair Loss Clinic also offers advice on the right nutrition and diet choices that will affect your Hair Restoration and Hair Growth process in the long term.
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