Botox® vs. dermal fillers

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So, just what’s the difference between Botox and dermal fillers? At Charmed Medispa, we get this question a lot — so let’s break it down for you!

Botox® and it’s alternatives, Dysport® and Zeomin®, are muscle relaxants. That’s how they achieve their amazing results. By injecting these products into a muscle, you cause that muscle to relax. When the muscle relaxes and you can’t contract it, lines and wrinkles are greatly diminished. Botox does not treat the skin. If you relax the muscle under the skin, you create a smoother, tighter appearance that is natural.

The main areas of Botox applications are the upper face, including the forehead, crow’s feet and between the brows and nasal area. You can also use it on the neck for tightening, as well as around the mouth. Botox results last about 4 months.

In contrast, dermal fillers such as Restylane® and Juvederm® are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin (bio-identical). Dermal fillers are used in a variety of ways, including restoring volume to the face, lifting the face and injection directly in the skin for wrinkle reduction, acne scarring improvement and more.

Dermal fillers can be used all over the face, including forehead lines, lines between the brows, under the eye wrinkles, cheek lifting, nasolabial folds, marrionette folds, lips and lip lines and the jaw/chin area. The results can last 1-2 years, and after a few sessions the results last even longer. That is because you get a significant bonus with dermal fillers — collagen rebuild.

Our Aesthethic Nurse Specialist, Loraine, is considered an expert injector and regularly provides peer-to-peer training for other health care providers regarding advanced injection techniques.

At Charmed Medispa, we often use a combination of Botox and dermal fillers to give you the desired outcome, and the best overall satisfaction.

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