Botox vs. Dermal Fillers, Which is Right for You?
Jowls and sagging cheeks.
Small or deflated lips.
You know the aging concern, you just don’t know which product you need to resolve it.
First, your mind might jump to Botox® because it’s constantly being referenced in the media, or you may also remember hearing about something called Juvederm, or maybe Restylane…
How are these products different? Can they be used interchangeably? Do I need Botox, dermal fillers or both? Which one is right for me?
The Basics: Botox vs. Dermal Fillers
Both Botox and dermal fillers are wonderful products for refreshing your appearance and addressing a variety of facial aging woes, but they act in completely different ways within the skin.
Botox is a brand of wrinkle relaxer. You may hear it referred to as a neuromodulator and neurotoxin. Dysport® and Xeomin® are other brands of wrinkle relaxers.
Wrinkle relaxers are injected into the muscles just below the skin’s surface and act as a temporary (3-4 month) relaxant. This prevents the overlying skin from contracting, folding, and wrinkling- thus preventing fine lines and wrinkles from occurring.
Dermal fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid and have a gel-like consistency. They are designed to physically fill areas of lost or little volume throughout the face. Their main job is to plump, hydrate and lift.
Dermal fillers can last anywhere from around six months to two years depending on the patient, product and area of injection.
Injectables for Each Area of Concern
Area of concern: sagging cheeks and jowls
Which product is right for you?: Dermal Filler, such as Juvederm Voluma®
Perfect for creating gorgeous high cheekbones, Juvederm Voluma in the cheeks can also subtly lift the lower face and jowl area. Voluma, aka the amazing multi-tasker!
View more examples of real patient Voluma results here.
Area of concern: forehead wrinkles
Which product is right for you?: Wrinkle Relaxer, such as Botox®
Botox was administered to prevent this patient’s forehead from contracting and subsequently will provide a smooth appearance for around 3-4 months. A slight brow lift can also be seen in this example.
View more examples of real patient Botox results here.
Area of concern: hollow under-eyes
Which product is right for you?: Dermal Filler, such as Belotero Balance®
Under-eye hollows can make us look more tired than we really are! Belotero Balance was used to fill the tear troughs and restore fullness to the under-eye area.
View more examples of real patient Belotero results here.
Area of concern: small or deflated lips
One of our most popular treatments, dermal filler in the lips creates hydrated and plump results for a minimum of around six months.
View more examples of real patient lip enhancement results here.
Area of concern: aging backs of the hands
The backs of the hands lose volume too! Dermal fillers like Restylane Lyft and Radiesse can be used to restore your hand’s youthful appearance.
View more examples of real patient hand rejuvenation results here.
Area of concern: ‘elevens’ or frown lines
Which product is right for you?: Wrinkle Relaxer, such as Dysport®
When we furrow, some (or most) of us create two creases between our brows which are commonly referred to as the “elevens”. Wrinkle relaxers, such as Dysport, are a great solution for preventing deep-set wrinkles from forming in this area.
View more examples of real patient Dysport results here.
Area of concern: lip lines
Which product is right for you?: Dermal Filler, such as Restylane Silk®
Sometimes called “smoker’s lines”, these lines above and around the lips can happen to anyone- not just smokers!
A dermal filler such as Restylane Silk subtly fills these lines and restores volume, creating a smoother look to the lips.
View more examples of real patient Restylane Silk results here.
Area of concern: Crow’s Feet
Do the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes remain long after you’ve stopped squinting or smiling? Botox for the Crow’s Feet won’t disappoint!
View more examples of real patient Botox results here.
Area of concern: smile lines and nasolabial folds
Smile (or accordion) lines and nasolabial folds around the sides of the mouth can be filled using Restylane Refyne or Defyne while still appearing completely subtle and natural-looking.
View more examples of real patient Smile Lines and Nasolabial Folds results here.
Full Facial Rejuvenation at Skin by Lovely
Do you have multiple aging concerns or are you in an ‘all of the above’ type situation? At Skin by Lovely, we are here to help! You may be a great candidate for not just one, but a variety of products and service
Or do you have an area of concern that wasn’t mentioned? Contact our team today to chat with one of our expert Aesthetic Consultants. We offer complimentary consultations with our Injection Specialists at our Lake Oswego OR, Portland OR or Santa Monica CA. We can’t wait to see you soon, lovely!
About Skin by Lovely™
Skin by Lovely, the number one Botox® clinic in Oregon, specializes in FDA-approved, natural-looking, non-surgical, medical facial aesthetics and rejuvenation treatments. With practices in Santa Monica, CA, Portland, OR, and Lake Oswego, OR, Skin by Lovely is certified by Allergan, the makers of Botox® and Juvederm®, as a Top 10 facial aesthetic practice in the United States and the Top 25 account for Galderma, the makers of Dysport® and Restylane®. Get the treatment you deserve at Skin by Lovely.
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