What is the difference between Botox and fillers?

Most of us have heard about Botox and fillers, but how do they work? Chief of Plastic Surgery Derek Masden, MD, answers a few common questions below.

What is Botox?

A provider can inject Botox, a prescription medicine, into muscles to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, or frown lines between the eyebrows. Botox works by temporarily weakening or paralyzing certain muscles to smooth facial wrinkles. Botox typically lasts between three and 12 months, depending on the area you are treating.

What are the benefits of Botox?

Botox helps to create a more youthful appearance without surgical intervention and very little downtime. Most patients are able to get Botox and go about their day with little to no side effects. Patients start to see results in just two to four days, however, optimal results typically take 14 days.

Where can Botox be injected?

Botox can address forehead lines, crow’s feet, or lines between the eyebrows.

What is filler?

Filler is a general term for hyaluronic acid or similar substances used to ‘fill in’ or plump up areas that have lost volume. Compared to Botox, which freezes muscles to stop creases and wrinkles, filler helps to add volume for a smoother look.

What are the benefits of filler?

A clinician can inject fillers in the office with little to no downtime and with immediate results. Filler can also last more than 12 months without touchups, which means greater long term results.

Where can filler be injected?

The lips are the most common place that patients elect to have fillers. Other common injection spots are sunken or recessed areas in the face, such as those around the mouth and cheeks.

What if I am interested in reducing wrinkles but I am not ready for injectables?

The Luminis Health Plastic Surgery team offers a variety of different skin care products to help patients create a smoother, clearer, and more refined appearance. Skin care can be personalized to your goals including overall skin health, texture repair, skin brightening, complexion clearing, or anti-aging. No two patients are the same so we always recommend an in-depth discussion with one of our providers to determine your goals. This helps us customize a skin care plan for you.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment, please call 443-481-3400. To find out more information, visit our website at aamgplasticsurgery.com.

The holidays are coming up, and Botox can give you a new look! The Luminis Health Plastic Surgery office is offering a special of $10 a unit just for the month of December! Please call 443-481-3400 to make an appointment today. We are conveniently located on the 6th floor of Belcher Pavilion.

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