Botox Vs. Fillers: What’s the Deal?

BotoxWhen it comes to the world of cosmetic surgery, you have more than likely heard of the terms “Botox” and “fillers.” However, as two completely different cosmetic procedures that oftentimes get mixed up with each other, it can be hard to know which one is used for what. The next time you visit Sterling Aesthetics or are simply having lunch with your girlfriends, impress them with your knowledge of the distinctions between the two.

Derived from a bacterium called botulinum, Botox is considered to be an “injectable” and not a filler. By being injected into the muscles around your eyes and forehead, Botox works to essentially paralyze the facial muscles, which in turn relax the fine lines and wrinkles that are causing you to look older, which in turn gives you a more youthful looking appearance. Although it may appear that Botox fills in those fine lines and wrinkles, remember that it actually is simply paralyzing the muscles and causing your skin to relax— thus giving off a smoother looking complexion.

Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are primarily used on the bottom half of your face, whereas Botox is used on the upper part of your face. Both Restylane and Juvederm are used to not only fill in fine lines and wrinkles around your nose, mouth, and chin, but to also help plump up your lips in order to give you a sexier pout.

Botox and fillers are very different things that can give patients somewhat similar results. Because both are temporary, you will have to get them done every few months in order to maintain your more youthful looking complexion. Specifically, Botox typically lasts 3-6 months, whereas fillers last anywhere from around 4 months all the way up to a year. Because people’s skin vary from person to person, your results will depend on your skin type and how it responds to these types of treatments.

If you would like to learn more about Botox or fillers, contact Sterling Aesthetics today to schedule an appointment.

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