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Botox vs Fillers – which one is better for you?

For an easy rejuvenation treatment that doesn’t require any complex surgery, many patients are turning to injectables. Even though Botox is the number one injectable, dermal fillers are not far behind. When choosing an injectable treatment you must consult a well-trained and experienced provider to understand the differences between the many available options. Your injector at MDSkin Lounge will help you to know which of these treatments will be most beneficial to you.

What are Botox and fillers?

Botox is the brand name of the botulinum neurotoxin. There are 3 neurotoxins approved by the FDA and these are Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport. All three of these work similarly in that they temporarily alter muscle function to prevent muscle contractions. You are still able to make natural facial expressions, you just won’t be contracting muscles that form the many wrinkles or fine lines on the face. Fillers, on the other hand, are used to fill and plump lines or areas of depression on your face. The fillers used at MDSkin Lounge are Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm.

Even though both dermal fillers and Botox are used to offer you a youthful look, they work in different ways and are used in different areas of concern.

How does Botox work?

Botulinum toxin is a purified and natural protein. It offers a temporary way to relax the muscles which lead to facial wrinkles and lines. It is used for treating other medical conditions like excessive underarm sweating or migraines. Botox is a result of many decades of studies making it a safe product. It has been certified for use in both the cosmetic and medical field. There are minimal possible side effects to this treatment, mainly some swelling and bruising may occur at the injection site. But a huge benefit is that you are free to go about your day following the Botox treatment.

How do fillers work?

Fillers may be used as a treatment for different concerns, from fine lines to deep skin depression. Some fillers can also be used for lip augmentation. A majority of the fillers are made using Hyaluronic acid which is a substance found naturally in your body which helps make your results natural. These treatments are rather quick, only taking about 45 minutes for completion. Most patients find the treatment easy and go about their normal activities on the same day.

When should you use Botox vs fillers?

The basic rule about Botox vs. Fillers is using Botox on lines of expression and Fillers on lines at rest. Botox works well on all the crease points where the muscles contract and fillers work best on deep lines where facial muscles are not contracting. The Hyaluronic acid fillers come in various thicknesses and we can choose the right one based upon your concerns and desired goal; the longevity of these injections vary based upon the product injected and where they are inejcted. Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are used on all areas of the face and for creating fuller lips. Botox usually lasts for about 4 months.

Where should you use Botox and fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are great for filling your lips and other areas on your face such as the cheeks, under the eyes, temples and jawline. Botox is best in areas that use facial expressions like the crow’s feet, frown lines, and the lines between your brows.

When deciding between Botox and fillers, it is best to see a qualified, and well trained provider who will evaluate your skin and help you choose the best treatment that suits your skin, cosmetic goals, and budget. A customized treatment plan which uses both Botox and fillers to give you overall rejuvenation is the best option for most patients. At MDSkin Lounge we provide our patients with all of the information needed to make an informed decision on what type of injectable treatment is right for them.