A common question we get is “should I get botox or filler?” or “what’s the difference in botox and filler?” and we’re here to answer those questions! Although botox and filler can seem quite similar, they are actually very different!
There is a lot of misinformation about botox out there, so we’re going to tell you all you need to know! Botox is a neuromodulator - in simpler terms, a temporary paralytic that paralyzes the muscles it’s injected to. Botox is commonly known for making wrinkles or lines “disappear” and this is somewhat true. It won’t diminish them completely right off the bat (bummer, right?) but instead it will just relax those wrinkle-forming muscles. It’s important for people to know that there is no magic recipe to “get rid” of wrinkles or lines immediately, but Botox will simply relax those muscles that cause your skin to contract, which creates those wrinkles. This means that over time, and continued Botox injections every 3 to 4 months, those muscles won’t be contracting any more, your skin over them will relax, resulting in skin smoothing out while not forming new lines or wrinkles - yay!
In other words, botox is not a “one and done” deal, it requires upkeep, coming in every 3 to 4 months. With this upkeep you will definitely see the best results & see those wrinkles fade away.
When will I see results?
You won’t start to see results instantly after getting Botox injected. It takes 3-5 days to start seeing the results, and 2 full weeks to see the full effect. This is why we ask to wait at least 2 weeks before coming back for a follow up.
Dermal fillers are different from Botox, since they aren’t injected in a muscle to impact muscle motion, they are injected beneath the skin to restore fullness in the area. These fillers are FDA approved to help create a smoother / fuller appearance in the face, including the nasolabial folds (the lines extending from the sides of nose to the edges of the mouth), the cheeks, chin or lips! Unlike Botox, results are instant. You may experience redness, swelling and some bruising, but this will only last a few days for most, but possibly up to 2 weeks. You can resume your normal activity immediately, although you have to wait 24 hours to do any strenuous workouts. Fillers usually last between 6 and 18 months, depending the area it’s injected and the type of filler used.
Adding filler to the lips restores fullness, smoothes out fine lines and adds volume, creating a more youthful (natural) looking pout. You can add filler to the nasolabial folds, the cheeks to enhance cheekbones, the jawline or chin to help with overall balancing and sculpting of the face.