Injectable Fillers? Botox? Which Should You Choose?

BOTOX williamsburg | facial fillers williamsburg vaIt’s a fact that the beauty industry is always in flux and constantly evolving. In 2016, you have more ways than ever to achieve a look you’re happy with. Two of the most common cosmetic procedures are injectable fillers and Botox – but which is right for you?

What are Injectable Fillers/Facial Fillers?

Injectable fillers are administered with a tiny needle. This procedure usually requires topical anesthetic, or ice, but most patients can easily resume their day-to-day activities immediately after the procedure. Patients who choose injectable fillers usually see results right away and those results can last from three months to a year. Fillers are considered best for adding volume and facial contour and reducing deep folds and creases.

Types of Injectable Fillers

  • Radiesse – A calcium-based filler that stimulates the production of your own natural collagen.
  • Juvederm – A hyaluronic acid based gel. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in your body.
  • Sculptra – Is is a proprietary formulation of poly-L-lactic acid that subtly corrects shallow wrinkles or deep folds and lasts two to four years.

Botox is primarily used to eliminate wrinkles that are caused by repeated muscle movements. For example, Botox can be used for frown lines, crow’s feet, brow furrows, forehead lines, and smile lines. Botox works by temporarily weakening facial muscles in the targeted area, which relaxes the surface of your face and removes wrinkles. For minimizing lines caused by muscle movement, Botox is the simplest, most effective, and reliable solution. This procedure is simple, quick, and low risk. Patients do not usually need anesthetic; the treatment takes about 10-15 minutes, with no downtime. Many patients notice results within three to five days; the results last approximately three to six months.

The take-away? Use Botox for the upper third of your face to treat wrinkles that result from muscle movement; use fillers for the lower two-thirds of your face to add volume and contour.

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Let us help you choose the best option for you. Call to schedule an appointment with Williamsburg cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Guarnieri, today at (757) 345-2275!

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