Botox vs. Fillers: What’s the Difference?*

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For patients who are just entering the world of medical aesthetics, the jargon of Botox, Fillers, and Laser Rejuvenation can be a bit confusing. We get questions everyday about the differences between Botox and Dermal Fillers. These are excellent questions, as Botox and Dermal Fillers work in different ways, and are used together for the best effect.

botoxpicBotox is a neurotoxin that relaxes the muscles that cause the expressions that lead to wrinkles. Botox is used mostly in the upper face to relax expression lines and prevent new ones from forming. Botox typically lasts for 3 months, and has the best effects when repeated regularly. Botox can calm wrinkles, and prevent new ones from forming. Learn more in our Botox Buyer’s Guide.*

Dermal Fillers do exactly what their name implies – they fill in places on the face that have lost volume. All faces lose volume as we age, and you may notice hollower cheeks, sunken eyes, and thin lips. These are all natural occurances because as we age, the collagen in our skin that makes our faces appear youthful and full deteriorates. Fillers replace what Mother Nature is losing. Dermal fillers (like Juvederm and Radiesse) use naturally occurring substances in the body to add volume to places that have lost it. Fillers can fill in wrinkles, add volume to cheeks, and plump up lips.*

juvedermpicDermal fillers typically last between 6 month to a year, and are sold by the syringe. We usually say that one syringe is good for one area of the face. Even younger people can achieve benefit from fillers by adding volume to the lips, or filling in recession under the eyes.*

The side effects of filler injections are very minor, and most typically some people will experience bruising and swelling in the area of the injection. About 5% of people do have some bruising and swelling after the procedure. In order to help prevent bruising, and if it is medically safe for you to do so, be sure to discontinue use of aspirin, Ibuprofen, other blood thinners, and alcohol before the procedure. You can also strengthen the skin by taking Arnica (a homeopathic remedy) both orally and applying it topically to the face. Consult with your healthcare provider before stopping use of or taking any new medications.*

People often ask if receiving fillers hurts. While you are receiving an injection in your face, the good news is that fillers contain lidocaine – a pain killer, which means that you are being numbed as you are receiving the fillers. Most people experience no pain and will actually feel somewhat numb in the injection area after the procedure.

Injecting filler is an art, and you definitely want to choose an experienced provider. Each person’s face is unique and knowing where to add in filler and how much requires years of careful practice and experience. Fillers should look natural, and an experienced provider will know how to make you look like a natural, improved version of yourself.

At Sonata, our commitment is to providing you with the highest quality services and patient care. Dr. Janowski meets with each patient and performs all procedures. He has been providing aesthetics services since 2004 – and has worked with thousands of patients to help them achieve their best results. In aesthetics, as in life, experience matters, and you want to make sure you are working with a provider who understands both medicine and aesthetics.

*Results may vary from patient to patient