What’s Better: Botox or Fillers?

From wishing to look younger on social media to wanting to feel more confident about your appearance in your everyday life, many people turn to Botox® and fillers. These nonsurgical treatments are injected into your skin in a matter of moments, and neither requires downtime or recovery. While both treatments can effectively minimize the effects of facial aging, they do so in different ways.

Dr. Javier Sosa and our expert team at Woodlands Primary Healthcare, located in The Woodlands, Texas, offers revitalizing skin treatments, including Botox and fillers, for smoother, younger-looking skin. Read on to learn about the differences between these injectables, including which one may be best for you.

How Botox works

Once it’s been injected into the treatment area, Botox gradually paralyzes muscles so they can’t form lines or wrinkles. Results can start to appear within 24-48 hours, with the full effect becoming visible within 30 days. In all, your enhanced look may last for as long as several months. 

Botox is FDA-approved to temporarily reduce moderate to severe crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. 

How fillers work

Facial fillers work differently than Botox. Instead of paralyzing muscles, they instantly plump up sunken or concave areas. In addition, some fillers contain special ingredients that stimulate the production of collagen, which naturally makes your skin more supple. Depending on the filler and how your skin reacts, your results may last for 6-12 months or even longer. 

Fillers are especially good for:

  • Adding midface volume
  • Diminishing frown or marionette lines
  • Lifting your cheeks
  • Plumping up your lips
  • Softening smoker’s lines

They can also be used to make improvements in the skin on your hands.

Choosing the right treatment

During a consultation, one of our specialists can recommend Botox or fillers based on the state of your skin and the results you’re hoping for. We may even recommend both treatments, as one can compliment the other. Or you could start with Botox and add fillers later, or vice versa, once you’ve had a chance to see the full results of your first treatment.

Some people prefer Botox for the top half of their face and fillers for the bottom half. You could have Botox for your crow’s feet, for example, and fillers to plump up your lips. If you’re only bothered by fine lines, Botox alone may be best for you. If shallow or thinning areas of your face are your main concern, you may be most pleased with fillers.

To learn more about Botox and fillers or get started with your desired treatment, call Woodlands Primary Healthcare, located in The Woodlands, Texas, or request an appointment with Dr. Sosa on our website today. 

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