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Botox vs Fillers: How to Know What You Need

Botox-FillersIt seems like there are just too many injectables and procedures nowadays—and it’s hard to keep track of all of them and what they do. Let’s talk in particular about two of the most popular facial rejuvenation injectables: Botox® and fillers. Botox® and fillers are not the same; they have very different results, and usually work better by complementing each other. Here’s a handy guide on how to distinguish between them:

What’s Botox®?

Botox® is one of the most popular, safe, and widely used cosmetic procedures around. It’s actually a neurotoxin (it’s just a name!) that works by relaxing facial muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles. The results usually last about 4-8 months.

When Do I Use Botox®?

Botox® should be used for signs of aging that form through facial expressions and muscle movement. That means frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, and other wrinkles. Botox® can also improve a younger patient’s complexion and prevent new wrinkles from forming.

What Are Fillers?

Fillers are usually made up of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that diminishes as we age. Different hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm®, Restylane® Silk and Restylane®, and Juvederm® Voluma®.
Fillers add volume to wrinkles and lines, smoothing them out for a more youthful look. Fillers have been known to last as long as 18 months.

When Do I Use Fillers?

Fillers should be used for the deep creases that stay on your face regardless of your face’s muscle movements. It’s good on marionette lines, lip lines, nose corrections, and other deep folds.

Fillers like Radiesse® have calcium in them to help fill out the face for longer and provide even more structure.

Other fillers like Sculptra® are extremely long lasting and stimulate collagen production.

Fillers are also used to increase lip volume.

As great and dependable Botox® and fillers are, your results will really depend on who’s administering the injections. Both require a highly-skilled medical professional with intensive training that can identify the area to treat. At Key Laser, you’ll work with trained professionals that will take your face’s entire aesthetic into consideration to determine the best injection placement. Dr. Douglas Key is a pioneer in the field of injectables, and has innovated the use of a microcannula to deliver injectables with more safety, precision, less bruising, and more comfort. Contact Key Laser now if you want the most comprehensive Botox® or filler experience.