Botox® or Fillers? Which Aesthetic Treatment Is Right for Me?

It can take a toll on your self-confidence when you look in the mirror and see imperfections like fine lines, acne scars, and saggy skin. Fortunately, advancements in aesthetic treatments have made it easier than ever to get a younger, healthier appearance without risks, pain, or downtime. But, with so many cosmetic procedures available these days, how do you know which one is right for you? 

At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton brings his expertise as a surgeon to aesthetic solutions, ranging from BodyTite™ body contouring treatments to Botox® and dermal fillers. If you want to revitalize your appearance and smooth out your skin, here’s what you should know about Botox and fillers to help reach your overall goals.

Botox and dermal fillers at work

Botox and dermal fillers are both powerful tools when it comes to enhancing your appearance. However, they work in very different ways and offer different results.

Botox treatments rely on a medical-grade formula derived from a naturally occurring bacteria. When Dr. Carlton injects small doses of this neurotoxin into specific muscles, it temporarily paralyzes them. As a cosmetic treatment, this approach targets the overused muscles causing fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing them, which causes the surrounding skin to grow smooth.

Dr. Carlton uses fillers to restore lost volume. These treatments involve injecting special gels and serums underneath your skin to plump up the area. As a result, dermal fillers can help bring a more youthful fullness to your face.

Both Botox and dermal fillers provide convenient and minimally invasive cosmetic solutions that come with little or no downtime. We might recommend having these treatments separately or a combination of the two, depending on your unique needs.

When to consider Botox or dermal fillers

Dr. Carlton usually recommends Botox treatments to address cosmetic issues on the top half of your face, like:

Botox treatments are FDA-approved and usually take about 10 minutes. You can typically see results within 24-48 hours and they often last up to four months.

Because dermal fillers restore lost volume, Dr. Carlton often uses this approach to lift and contour the cheeks, plump your lips, and fill in the lines surrounding your mouth. Dermal fillers offer immediate results that can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the brand used in your treatment.

How to decide between Botox and fillers

You don’t have to decide on your own; Dr. Carlton can help develop the best treatment strategy to help you get the results you’ve been dreaming of. During your consultation, you can discuss your overall goals with your treatment and which cosmetic solutions are best for you. 

To learn more about cosmetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers, contact one of our convenient LoneStar Bariatrics offices in Frisco or Richardson, Texas, by calling or booking online today.

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