Many women of a certain age begin considering minorly invasive cosmetic procedures to preserve their youth. If you’ve been looking for a way to get rid of unwanted wrinkles and fine lines from your face, you have probably concluded that either Botox injections or fillers are the best options for you. Deciding which of these is the right fit, though, can be a challenge. Some people don’t even realize that Botox and fillers differ from one another, which is where this guide comes in. Some key differences are outlined below.
“Botox” is a shortened form of “botulinum toxin,” which sounds more imposing than it is. Although Botox can be dangerous if given in large doses, the amounts administered that are administered during cosmetic procedures have been fully approved by the FDA in the United States. In addition to eliminating wrinkles, Botox has some other applications you may not be aware of. It can, for example, alleviate chronic headaches and particular types of paralysis in some patients.
Botox offers the best results when used on wrinkles that are not deeply set. It is injected into these unwanted facial lines with small needles. Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles it targets and suspends the gland activity that ultimately causes wrinkles to form. Most people have no adverse effects from Botox and typically only undergo the treatment once every 4-6 months, although you and your doctor will have to determine a regimen that meets your needs.
Dermal fillers, such as the ever-popular Juvaderm, are different from Botox in that they either function as sponges, absorbing excess water from the body and making the areas into which they were injected look fuller almost immediately, or function as catalysts, spurring the body to naturally produce additional collagen. There are several types of dermal fillers. The aforementioned Juvaderm, and another option called Restylane, are both made using hyaluronic acid; these are reversible fillers. Two other options, known as Radiesse and Sculptra, are engineered with other substances and are non-reversible.
If you are ready to take the plunge and have your first Botox or dermal filler session, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. You will meet with a skilled cosmetic surgeon who will work with you to understand your needs and figure out a treatment plan that will give you the results you’re looking for. We are excited to meet you and can’t wait to help you look your very best! You can book with us online via our website or you can call us at 617-315-1515.