The Basics of Botox & Facial Fillers

Millions of Americans request Botox and facial fillers from their dermatologists or med spa professionals every year. But even though more people than ever are requesting this service, we still get a lot of questions about both forms of skincare rejuvenation every year. The following is a look at some basic facts about both Botox and facial fillers that may help demystify the process for those who are new to them.

The Basics of Botox

Botox is sometimes used like the word "Kleenex" in that the same way that Kleenex refers to all tissues, Botox often gets used to refer to all wrinkle relaxers and removers. But Botox is a specific brand name of a highly effective wrinkle relaxer. When you get Botox, you get injected with this unique formula directly at your wrinkles. This injection works to block how muscles contract and thereby form wrinkles, working to treat wrinkles by relaxing the skin. Botox can be used around the lips, for crow's feet around the eyes, at the eyebrows, and across the forehead.

The Basics of Facial Fillers

Where Botox works by relaxing one's wrinkles, facial fillers, as the name suggests, works by filling things in. Here, the goal is targeting those areas of the face that have lost volume due to the body, over time and age, producing less hyaluronic acid and collagen -- the two key natural agents that enable the skin to have a more youthful and plump or filling appearance. Facial fillers are designed to emulate this hyaluronic acid and are thus injected beneath the skin in order to add volume and a sort of fullness to one's skin. Facial fillers are generally used to improve volume in the cheeks, augment the chin and jawline, improve the look of hands, and reduce lip and laugh lines.

While both Botox and facial fillers are very effective at reducing the effects of aging on the skin, both are generally temporary. To learn more about this and how Botox or facial fillers can improve your look, give our team a call.