Choosing the Right Injectable: Botox or Dermal Fillers?

image-faceliftOne of the most common concerns of patients who visit us here at Worcester cosmetic surgery practice is which injectable suits them best — would it be Botox or dermal fillers such as Radiesse and Restylane. While both types of injectables can help restore and preserve natural youthfulness, they operate differently. Read on below to learn their unique differences and figure out which injectable suits you best.

Figuring Out What Botox Does

Botox has been dominating the non-surgical cosmetic options category for years now. Last year, there were roughly 3 million procedures done involving Botox, up by 15.6 percent increase from 2013.

By and large, the results of Botox has largely to do with its ability to reduce the activity of muscles underneath the skin. Generally, wrinkles such as frown lines and crow’s feet are a result of frequent contraction of the aforementioned muscles. With Botox being able to paralyze the muscles that cause contraction, the appearance of wrinkles are reduced.

Specifically, Botox is ideal for problems involving active facial lines such as wrinkles and lines that are a result of constant facial expressions such as squinting, frowning, laughing and smiling (unfortunately).

Figuring Out What Dermal Fillers Do

Meanwhile, dermal fillers are ideal for problems that Botox is not suitable for, that is improve the appearance of firmly-established lines and wrinkles such as acne scars, folds, and areas that have lost volume such as the cheeks and lips.

Fillers work by filling in lost volume and in some cases, stimulate the reproduction of certain naturally-occurring substances that contribute to a youthful skin appearance such as in the case of collagen-based fillers.

Making the Decision

If you’re still confused which type of injectable suits your cosmetic problems, goals, and preferences, let us help you out! Call Julie Gilson, our very accommodating patient coordinator, at 508-334-5990 or fill out this contact form to set up an initial consultation.We look forward to your visit!

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