Botox vs. Fillers – What You Need to Know

April 22nd, 2016 | Injectables and Fillers

Botox vs. Fillers: Give your skin a beauty boost with an injectable cosmetic treatment. Botox and dermal fillers are two of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S., and both offer stunning results with no downtime. Which treatment is right for you: Botox, dermal fillers, or both? Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons for personalized advice.

Botox Basics … Is Botox Right for Me?

Botox is an FDA approved cosmetic treatment that can smooth out wrinkles caused by overworked facial muscles. It is an excellent treatment option for crow’s feet, smile lines, frown lines, nasolabial folds, etc. Botox is made primarily from a purified form of Botulinum toxin type A, a powerful neurotoxin that can relax muscles that cause these types wrinkles.

Having been used for decades in various cosmetic and medical treatments, Botox is very safe. This in-office treatment takes just a few minutes and is performed without anesthesia. We use an anesthetic cream to ensure your comfort. Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating and migraine headaches.

You’ll see results in just a few days, and these results should last 3-4 months (or longer). We can maintain them with follow-up treatments. With a highly skilled injector such as those at MHS, results are very natural looking.

Dermal Filler Basics … Are Fillers My Best Treatment Option?

Dermal fillers are another injectable cosmetic treatment. These work differently than Botox; they add volume to the skin to fill in wrinkles, restore contours, etc. There are many different types of dermal fillers, making this treatment a versatile option for many patients. We often use fillers to treatment nasolabial folds, marionette lines, gabella, tear troughs, etc. We offer a variety of filler options, including autologous tissue fillers, hyaluronic acid fillers, and permanent fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are one of the most popular filler options. These fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the skin. It is highly biocompatible and requires no pre-testing. Hyaluronic acid filler results are temporary, but often last for months or even years before retreatment is needed. We’ll give you a better idea of the expected timeline for your selected filler before treatment. Results are very natural looking.

Botox + Fillers- Could You Benefit from Both?

Many people assume that the injectable question to answer is “Botox or fillers?”, but you can actually benefit from using both. Fillers and Botox go together beautifully and are often used to create a non-surgical facelift. With this powerful one-two punch of rejuvenation, we can utilize the strengths of both of these injectable treatments, providing stunning results without downtime.

Botox or fillers (or both!)? We’ll help you decide which treatments are best to achieve your aesthetic goals.