Should I Get Botox® or Fillers or Both?

Should I Get Botox® or Fillers or Both?

In recent years, more and more women have begun enjoying the benefits of nonsurgical rejuvenation via injectables. Botox® is by far the most used injectable for combating signs of aging in the face, but it isn’t the only option available.

Below, we asked our specialist at Medical Aesthetics & Laser, Dr. Safoora Zaka, to explain how Botox and dermal fillers are used and when it’s best to use them together.

Understanding Botox 

Botox injections prevent your muscle from contracting and are used for wrinkles caused by movement. For example, Botox injections may work best on the forehead, around the eyes, around the lips, and on the chin. 

When muscles remain relaxed, wrinkles soften. With Botox, you can expect to notice results within three to five days after the treatment. 

Understanding dermal fillers 

Dermal fillers are injections that add volume to the face. A youthful face is not only wrinkle-free, but it’s also plump with defined contours.

Dermal fillers restore volume in the face. They’re used to address saggy cheeks and increase volume in the jaw to diminish the appearance of jowls. 

Some wrinkles develop due to the loss of fat and muscle beneath the skin. For example, nasolabial folds are caused by a loss of volume in the cheeks, and Dr. Zaka can treat them with dermal fillers. You may be able to see the initial results within 24 hours after the treatment.

Combining Botox and dermal fillers 

The perfect candidate for both Botox and dermal fillers has fine lines and wrinkles as well as loss of volume in the face. 

Botox itself can cause volume loss by shrinking the muscle in the treated area. Therefore, it may cause your face to lose volume over time. Fortunately, it’s possible to enjoy the benefits of Botox without fearing a loss of volume, as dermal fillers can add volume to the treated area. 

Find out if you’re a good candidate for injectables 

Good candidates for injectables are in good health and don’t have any active skin infections in the area they desire to treat. Also, they’re not allergic to any of the ingredients used in injectables. 

Although Botox and dermal fillers are considered safe, they aren’t recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as there are no studies to rule out possible side effects for infants. 

If you’re unsure how to treat signs of aging, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our specialist has experience using injectables and can offer services, such as laser therapy, microneedling, and chemical peels. 

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