A common question that I get from first time cosmetic patients is whether they need Botox® or a filler. The short answer is that both are used for different purposes and both can be beneficial in most patients.
Non-surgical treatments have exploded in popularity over the past decade. Patients appreciate the subtle (and sometimes dramatic) improvements that can be achieved with in-office treatments involving minimal downtime and risks. Surgeons like the ability to contour the face in such an instantaneous manner with outstanding consistency. Botox® and Injectable fillers (such as Juvederm®, Voluma™, Restylane® and Radiesse®) are a big part of this.
Botox® works to relax muscles for a period of three to four months. It generally is used in the upper face to soften frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines. Injectable fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane® are used to fill lines and creases and replace lost facial volume. They tend to have a much longer duration, lasting for up to one year in most cases, but for some up to two years or more. In general fillers are used for the lower face softening folds such as the nasolabial fold or marionette lines and providing volume such as in the lips or cheeks. For both Botox® and injectable products there are a myriad of other areas and uses allowing for a plethora of methods for facial rejuvenation.
Most patients with early signs of aging could probably find benefit with both of these products. The key is determining which areas bother the patient most as well as which areas products can be used to provide a substantial improvement. Determining this comes in consultation with your facial plastic surgeon or nurse injector. From there selections can be made depending on each patient’s goals and budget.
Botox® and Injectable fillers have provided a whole new paradigm in facial rejuvenation and most patients will find uses for both when looking to reverse the signs of aging.
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