Botox or fillers…which one is the best for your needs?

Submitted by Nicole Deacon, RN

Although Botox and dermal fillers have been around for decades in the United States and even longer in Europe, determining which is best for you is often confusing and overwhelming.  There are so many different products available to choose from and….quite frankly, what is the difference?

The answer is vastly different yet can be explained in very simple terms.  Botox affects the muscles and the lines they can create over time and dermal fillers are there to add volume and fullness to the skin.

Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. When those nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscle is temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Without movement of these selected muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed. Botox and other products made with botulinum toxin are sometimes called neuromodulators or neurotoxins.

The most common wrinkles that Botox can treat are lines on the upper face, such as the “11” between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines are caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions.

Botox is not a permanent treatment. Repeated treatments are necessary for continued wrinkle-reducing effects. Most people find that the muscle-relaxing effect of Botox lasts for 3 to 4 months.

Nicole Deacon, RN – Cosmetic Injection Specialist

Dermal fillers or hyaluronic acid, are used to “fill in” or plump areas that have lost volume and smoothness in the soft tissues of the face. This includes wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips, and cheeks that have lost fullness. They may also be used on forehead wrinkles, scars, and other areas that need extra volume for a smoother look.  There are several different types of dermal fillers that are specifically designed to treat cosmetic issues depending on the area being injected.

The effects of fillers are seen immediately and last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on metabolism, placement and amount injected.

To determine which is best for you, if not both, let’s sit down and discuss your options and together, we can come up with a safe treatment plan that best suits your needs.

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