In Botox Treatments, Injectionables, Wrinkles

Botox was the first mainstream cosmetic injectable for the treatment of wrinkles, and is often the first name to come to mind for those considering antiaging beauty treatments. While Botox was the first, it is far from your only option. Depending on your beauty goals, a filler may be a better choice. Keep reading to learn the difference between Botox and Fillers.

What Is Botox?

Botox belongs to a class of drugs called a “neurotoxins” or “neuromodulators”, and was approved for cosmetic use in 2002.  Botox works by temporarily weakening muscles, and smooths moderate to severe frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Botox is approved for many medical purposes, including the treatment of migraines. Jeuveau is a new neurotoxin similar to Botox.  Other brands include Xeomin and Dysport.

What Are Fillers?

Fillers have been on the market since the mid 1990’s, and started with injectable collagen that required a skin test before the treatment.  Currently, there are many brands of fillers on the market, and each one is designed for different areas of the face.  Many people think of “duck lips” when they think of fillers.

What Is The Main Difference Between Botox and Fillers?

Botox is a neurotoxin designed to temporarily weaken the facial muscles which cause the wrinkles. When the muscles in your brow and forehead paralyzed, you will lose a bit of your facial expressions—which can be good and bad. When a neurotoxin is used around the mouth it may smooth some wrinkles, but it can also change your smile. Most neurotoxins last about 3 months.

Fillers just as Juvederm and Restylane are made from hyaluronic acid (HA). These fillers are designed to smooth wrinkles by plumping up crevasses, vertical lip lines, wrinkles around the nose, and deep laugh lines. Fillers can also be used on your cheeks to fill in areas with the volume loss that comes with aging. The challenge with injecting fillers into lips is not overfilling to avoid dreaded duck lip effect. Not to worry though, as the process with Dr. Bash is interactive. You will hold a mirror during the procedure to decide how plump and full you want to go—and Dr. Bash will let you know when you reach the point of obvious versus natural.

Do You Need Botox Or A Filler—or both?

Dr. Bash will talk you through your options and help you select the best solution to achieve your beauty goals. Reach out today to learn more!

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