Deciding Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

If you’ve been looking for information on non-surgical cosmetic methods to reduce the signs of aging, you’ve probably come across Botox and injectables. Although Botox may be more popular than injectables, it doesn’t really mean that you need to choose the former over the latter. Both may be effective in rectifying unwanted signs of aging but they actually tackle entirely different problems.

What Botox Can Do

By and large, Botox works by paralyzing the muscles that contract whenever you make a facial expression such as smiling or squinting. This has to do with the ability of Botox to block the actions of a chemical called acetylcholine which is responsible for muscle contraction. Thus, Botox is ideal for lines and wrinkles that are actively formed when you make an expression such as crow’s feet and frown lines.

It’s a common misconception that Botox can hinder one’s ability to make an expression giving way to the dreaded frozen look. However, this can be prevented in the hands of a highly experienced Botox injector who knows how to achieve dramatic results with subtle changes.

What Dermal Fillers Can Do

On the other hand, dermal fillers improve the signs of aging by filling in volume loss rather than acting on the underlying muscle. This makes fillers appropriate for improving the appearance of creases and folds, plumping sunken cheeks, and filling out thin lips. Certain fillers are also ideal for reducing the appearance of scarring.

There are a wide variety of fillers out there so it’s best to have yourself assessed and evaluated to figure out which filler is best for your cosmetic needs and preferences. 

If you’d like to learn more about injectables and you live in San Diego and neighboring areas, we encourage you to get in touch with us today! Call us at (619) 420-1840 or fill out our contact form to schedule your private consultation. We’d love to hear from you!

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