When to Consider Botox®, Fillers, or Both

When to Consider Botox®, Fillers, or Both

When you consider the most recent plastic surgery statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s clear how completely injectable aesthetic treatments dominate the field. Dermal fillers and botulinum toxin type A injectables combine for almost 8 million procedures in 2020, despite the country being in the midst of pandemic lockdowns. 

Led by Botox® Cosmetic, injectable treatments are now a standard part of the medical aesthetics toolkit. It’s certainly the case at Winnie King, MD Aesthetics and Wellness in Houston. Our patients know and trust the effectiveness and safety of these products delivered by the team at our top-rated practice. 

There remains confusion about the products and their applications. We’d like to clear up any misconceptions and help you understand the role of these powerful anti-aging tools, alone and together. 

The differences between injectable treatments

It has now been 20 years since Botox hit the market as a cosmetic treatment. The first dermal filler was almost two decades older. Both product classes have long histories, thorough research, and impeccable safety records. Beyond that, they simply work, though they do their jobs in different ways. 

Botox and Dysport®

Both Botox and Dysport are derived from variations of the botulinum toxin type A, a powerful neuromodulator found in nature. Of course, for cosmetic use, these substances are massively diluted and purified to provide the precise control necessary for an aesthetic treatment. 

These injectables attack active wrinkles, lines, and creases that form at the expression muscle level. Certain lines on your face form because expression muscles become semi-permanently contracted. The most common of these are worry lines on your forehead and between your eyes as well as the laugh lines beside your eyes. 

As skin loses laxity with age, it can’t hide the contours of these muscles. The result is expressions that are etched on your face that may give others the wrong impression or an appearance that’s older than your years. 

Botox and Dysport solve these active wrinkles by forcing the relaxation of strategic expression muscles. As the muscles relax, your skin smooths out. Years and tension disappear from your face. 

Botox and Dysport aren’t interchangeable. They each have their own formulations and properties. Dr. King may recommend one or the other, based on her experience and your needs. 

Juvederm® and Restylane® 

In contrast, Juvederm and Restylane treat passive wrinkles, lines that form on your face when aging skin starts to collapse into voids in your skin’s middle layer, the dermis. The range of products from these two manufacturers have a variety of applications depending on individual properties. Some fillers stay close to the injection site while others spread to enhance blending. Still others specialize in restoring volume to places like the cheeks and lips. 

Compatible treatments

Depending on the needs of your face and your aesthetic goals, Botox-style products and dermal fillers are easy to combine, since they treat different issues. The effects of all products are long-lasting, from three to six months or more. Individual results vary and each product has unique properties. 

The potential combinations are complex. Plan your aesthetic treatment program in consultation with a specialist at Dr. King’s office. One call will set you up, so book your session today.

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