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Which is better? Botox or Filler?

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

For non-surgical skin rejuvenation, injectable treatments have gained significant popularity. Injectables involve the introduction of substances into the skin using a needle to either support muscles or plump up the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

There are two primary types of injectables: Botox® and fillers, both administered through needle injections. The key distinction between Botox® and fillers lies in their intended effects. Botox® is utilized to diminish fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles, while fillers are used to fill in wrinkles.

Injectables such as Botox and fillers...
Wrinkle treatments include Botox

Although Botox® and fillers function differently upon injection, they share some common characteristics:

  1. These procedures are minimally invasive, typically resulting in minimal downtime.

  2. They offer an alternative to surgical facelifts, potentially delaying the need for such procedures.

  3. Both Botox® and fillers can yield natural-looking results, provided they are administered by an experienced medical professional.

  4. It may be necessary to schedule a minor touch-up session approximately one month after the initial injection.

What is Botox®?

Botox® is administered using a fine needle into the muscles responsible for fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Injectable botulinum toxin helps relax facial muscles, reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles when these muscles contract. Botox® is typically injected into areas such as frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, and it can also address issues like excessive sweating, headaches, a gummy smile, marionette lines, bunny lines, and teeth grinding (bruxism).

What are Fillers?

At Lotus, we utilize fillers containing hyaluronic acid to fill in wrinkles, reshape lip volume, enhance cheek volume, address hollow temples, and improve jawline contours in a natural manner. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that maintains skin suppleness and elasticity. Over time, our body's production of hyaluronic acid diminishes, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.

Through hyaluronic acid injections, volume loss can be restored. Fillers can be used to address issues like frown lines, nasolabial lines, and to plump up lips. The effects of fillers typically last from 8 to 12 months, as the body gradually metabolizes the injected filler. This process varies from person to person and depends on the treated area.

Fillers are administered using a fine needle and are generally not painful, thanks to the application of a numbing agent. For lip augmentation, it is advisable to apply a topical anesthetic cream half an hour before the treatment. The results of a filler injection are usually immediately visible, although the treated area may experience some swelling in the first three days due to the numbing agent.

Whether you need Botox or fillers can be bets determined by having a thorough consultation with your provider at Lotus. Schedule yours today!

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