BOTOX® or Dermal Fillers: Which Do I Need?

Woman looking in the mirror and smiling after wrinkle treatment

Injectables are an easy, popular way to rejuvenate the face without the need for surgery. BOTOX® and dermal fillers are both excellent choices for Washington, DC patients who want to fight the signs of aging. However, even though BOTOX and fillers are similar, they’re not exactly alike.

Some patients may benefit more from one treatment than the other. That’s because BOTOX and dermal fillers each have their own unique benefits, depending on the issues being treated. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding which procedure is right for you.

Benefits of BOTOX

BOTOX Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The product’s active ingredient relaxes overactive facial muscles to create a more youthful, well-rested look. BOTOX is best for patients who struggle with wrinkles around the forehead, brow, and eyes. It can also be used to treat a “gummy” smile and slim the jawline.

There is no downtime required after BOTOX treatments, so you can return to work or home immediately after your appointment. Most BOTOX results last for around 3 to 6 months.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers add youthful volume to the face and smooth away other facial imperfections. Most fillers have the active ingredient of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that hydrates and supports the skin. These injectables are a good option for patients who want to plump up their lips, fill out hollow cheeks, or contour other areas of the face. There are a variety of different dermal filler brands that each specialize in various problem areas or regions of the face. 

Much like BOTOX, dermal fillers are nonsurgical, requiring no downtime after treatment. The longevity of dermal fillers depends on the brand and the amount of product injected, but most results last between 6 to 18 months. 

Combining Injectable Treatments 

While BOTOX and dermal fillers each have their own perks, the treatments can be combined for comprehensive anti-aging results. Many patients struggle with multiple signs of aging, such as wrinkles and a lack of facial volume. Using BOTOX and fillers together can treat all of these issues at once. These injectables are great nonsurgical options for those who prefer something less permanent than a facelift or another traditional surgery.

Whether you end up choosing BOTOX or dermal fillers to ease your anti-aging concerns, be sure to find an experienced provider to perform your BOTOX or dermal filler procedure. Skill and experience are essential in strategically placing BOTOX and fillers for safety and in order to achieve optimal results. Dr. Isaac has injected thousands of patients for over 20 years. Dr. Isaac aims to deliver natural, more youthful and beautiful results in every patient she treats.

Browse our injectables before-and-after photos to see real examples of our patients’ results. If you would like to learn more about your own treatment options, please request a consultation online. You can also call our practice at (202) 393-7546.

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