Botox vs. Fillers: Which Treatment Is Best for Me?

Oct 03, 2023
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If you’re hoping to turn back the clock on your complexion without going “under the knife,” Botox® and dermal fillers provide valuable options. Learn how they work and which may be right for you.

If you’re bothered by changes in your face as you age, Botox® and dermal fillers have a lot to offer. These minimally invasive treatments require only a short office visit, with results that usually last for a few months or longer.

As a big bonus, neither treatment brings the risks, lengthy recovery time, or expense of a surgical facelift. 

At Orlando Dermatology Center in Oviedo, FL & Orlando, FL, our expert team is pleased to offer both treatments to help you achieve the look you desire.

Let’s take a closer look at Botox and dermal fillers, including which might be best for you.

How aging affects your face

As you age, your face loses fat and produces less collagen and elastin, proteins that keep your skin supple and smooth. As a result, your face and skin appear thinner. You also become more prone to fine lines and wrinkles, especially if you’ve spent a good deal of time in the sun without UV protection or smoking.

While many of these changes are natural, not everyone wishes to let nature have its way – which is where Botox and fillers come in.

Botox and filler basics

Both Botox and dermal fillers are injectable treatments that provide a more youthful looking appearance. 

Botox works by temporarily weakening the muscles that create fine lines and wrinkles that appear when you make facial expressions, such as smiling or frowning. As a result, they not only soften fine lines and wrinkles, but may help prevent deeper lines from forming over time.

Full results are usually visible within 10-14 days.

Fillers are gel-like substances that immediately add volume or plumpness to areas of your face that may be sagging or thinning. A versatile treatment, fillers often add fullness in your cheeks or or reduce the appearance of smile lines around your mouth.

Choosing your ideal treatment

If you’re concerned about lines that appear when you laugh, smile, or talk expressively, Botox may be your best bet. It’s especially helpful for reducing crow’s feet, forehead creases, and frown lines that appear between your eyebrows.

If you’d like more volume or plumpness in one or more regions of your face, dermal fillers are the better choice. Popular treatment areas include the lips, cheeks, and temples.

You can also opt for both Botox and fillers, since they accomplish different things. You could have Botox in your forehead, for example, and fillers for plumper lips. Some people have both treatments back to back on the same day. 

To learn more about Botox and dermal fillers or get started with the treatment you desire, call Orlando Dermatology Center or book an appointment using our convenient online scheduler today.