Most people want to look and feel younger, and while aging is a natural process, reversing the signs of aging can add to your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. Surgical cosmetic procedures can be very expensive and require a lot of downtime and healing. Luckily there are nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatments that provide almost instant results. The question becomes whether you want to choose Botox® or fillers and what the difference is between them.
At PRP In Philadelphia Center For Regenerative Medicine in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, we’ll help you reduce those lines, wrinkles and visible signs of aging. The nonsurgical procedures we use are quite effective and will help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Stuart A. Kauffman, DO likes both Botox and fillers, and while they are both cosmetic treatments delivered through injections, and can address similar issues and concerns, they’re definitely different.
Botox and its benefits
Botox is quite literally a toxin, and works by preventing the muscles from contracting in the areas into which it’s injected. The positive result is that the lines and wrinkles in those areas are relaxed and reduced. Because of this, it only benefits the flaws that are caused by muscles. These “dynamic wrinkles” or “expression lines” include:
- Glabellar lines (the area between eyebrows)
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Smile lines
- Squint lines
The procedure is generally safe, but potential side effects can include: bruising, swelling, or pain at the site of injection, and also headaches, and possibly droopy eyes. You need to make sure you don’t rub the area for 24 hours, which can prevent some of these issues from occurring. Dr. Kauffman will monitor you and be available if you have questions or concerns.
While the cost is lower than fillers, the results only last 3-4 months, so you’ll require follow-ups. And if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you shouldn’t have this treatment. Dr. Kauffman will always check your medical history and current conditions before proceeding with any treatment.
Dermal fillers are exactly what you think. A variety of different substances, depending on the area being worked on, that are injected just beneath the surface of the skin to fill or plump those areas up. Fillers can benefit:
- Thin lips
- Shallow areas on cheeks
- Under eye hollows
- Under eye wrinkles
- Static wrinkles (not caused by muscles)
- Acne scars
- Scar reduction
Fillers do cost more, but depending on the type of filler, the results can last from 6-18 months. The side effects are also rare, but may include a rash, itching, redness, bruising or swelling, an uneven look, or skin infections and damage.
This is why an experienced doctor and staff are so important. While rare and usual, complications do happen, which is why Dr. Kauffman carefully monitors you before, during, and after all procedures.
When you come in to meet with us, we discuss your goals and what you want to achieve, all the pros and cons of each treatment, and whether one or a combination of both will be best for your individual needs and situation.
Our priority is always your safety and comfort while we help you look and feel great. Now that you know the difference between Botox and fillers, set up your consultation by calling us or using the Request Appointment button.