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Botox® vs Fillers: Which Treatment is Right For Me?

As you age, a number of things -- gravity, genetics, and the effects of the sun and the environment -- start to show up on your face. Botox® and dermal fillers can erase some of these signs and restore youthful smoothness and plumpness to your cheeks, lips, forehead, and the area around your eyes. Fillers replace lost volume while Botox smooths out the lines caused when you squint, frown, or smile.

Depending on your circumstances, you can choose either or both to soften the lines, wrinkles, and hollowed cheeks that make you appear older than you’d like. Dr. Vera Carlson and her team at Cache Cosmetics & Laser can combine different aesthetic injectables to rejuvenate your look without the invasiveness of a facelift. 

Although the results of Botox and dermal fillers are temporary, you can come back in for retreatments to maintain your look for the long term. If you need an adjustment to your services, just ask. We’re here to serve you and help you meet your cosmetic goals.

Here’s what you need to know about the differences between these popular anti-aging treatments and how they can be used together to complement one another.

The anti-wrinkle effects of Botox

Doctors first used Botox injections to combat muscle spasms associated with certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled eyelid twitching or closing (blepharospasm), which can make it

impossible to see clearly. During these treatments, doctors noticed the injections also had an anti-wrinkle effect, leading to research that eventually got Botox approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.

BOTOXⓇ Cosmetic remains the most popular injectable therapy worldwide for reducing the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Botox is a purified neurotoxin that relaxes the nerve impulses leading to the underlying muscles in your face. These are the muscles that cause lines to appear on your skin’s surface as you smile, frown, and otherwise express yourself. The injections leave you looking naturally youthful as they soften the appearance of wrinkles. The treatment may even help prevent deeper expressive skin lines from forming as you age.

Dermal fillers for smoother, plumper skin

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected just under your skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and restore facial volume and contours that are lost during the aging process. Dermal fillers smooth out the vertical creases at your lip line and bring back fullness to your cheeks. Strategically placed injections also reduce laugh lines around your nose and mouth.

Fillers are created from naturally occurring substances, such as hyaluronic acid, which your skin produces plentifully in youth to maintain hydration. When applied by our experts at Cache Cosmetics & Laser, dermal fillers create a naturally youthful look that makes you appear younger, but not as if you’ve had drastic “work” done. 

How to choose between them

The type of treatment you choose depends on your aesthetic goals. Botox, for instance, can soften the appearance of crow’s feet around your eyes, reduce your forehead wrinkles, and address those vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows. On the other hand, you need a dermal filler if you desire plumper lips or restored volume in hollowed-out cheeks or temples.

You may choose just one of these treatments, or ask the providers to combine them for the most natural and youth-enhancing effects. Dermal fillers and Botox have a high level of client satisfaction and a low risk of side effects. The injections take less than an hour, and you can return to your routine activities once you leave our office.

If you’re ready to look more radiant and youthful, take the next step of calling our office in Providence, Utah at 435-200-1104 or schedule your appointment online today.

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