Understanding the Difference Between Botox® and Fillers

Understanding the Difference Between Botox® and Fillers

What if you could add volume to saggy skin or erase fine lines and wrinkles — no surgery required? That’s precisely what cosmetic treatments can do, but you still have to choose the right treatment to get the results you crave.

Dr. Chad Carlton at LoneStar Bariatrics offers a variety of solutions to help you love the skin you’re in, whether you need to lose weight or restore your youthful appearance. If you’ve been curious about cosmetic treatments, here’s what you need to know about Botox® and fillers.

The beauty of Botox and dermal fillers

First off, both of these cosmetic treatments provide dramatic results if you’re looking to enhance your appearance. They’re also simple solutions. In fact, Dr. Carlton can perform each treatment during an office visit, and they come with little, if any, downtime. However, Botox and fillers work in very different ways.

Botox basics

When you have Botox treatments, Dr. Carlton uses a very thin needle to inject small amounts of a neuromodulating serum in your face. More simply put, the medical formula Botox temporarily paralyzes your muscles. As they relax, skin in the treatment area smooths out, and wrinkles disappear.

The best part? Botox treatments take approximately 10 minutes. You should see results in 24-48 hours, and they last up to four months. 

Dermal fillers 101

Unlike Botox injections, Dr. Carlton uses fillers to add volume to your face. Fillers rely on special gels and serums to achieve these results. Dr. Carlton injects these solutions underneath your skin. As he restores lost plumpness and volume to your face, it leaves you with a more youthful appearance.

Since dermal fillers work by injecting plumping gels and serums underneath your skin, you can expect immediate results after your appointment. Depending on the brand Dr. Carlton recommends, they can last anywhere from 1-2 years.

Getting results with Botox and dermal fillers

These two treatments work in different ways, which means you can use them separately or in combination, depending on your overall goals.

In most cases, Botox provides the best solution if you have cosmetic imperfections on the top half of your face, like forehead wrinkles, frown lines, or crow’s feet. However, dermal fillers provide better results addressing issues on the lower half of your face, such as:

To really see the benefits of Botox and dermal fillers, Dr. Carlton recommends using them together for a “liquid facelift.” As you might expect, this combination of injectable cosmetic treatments can provide similar results as a traditional facelift procedure in less than an hour and without the need for invasive surgery or lengthy recovery.

Fortunately, you don’t have to decide between Botox, fillers, or a liquid facelift on your own. When you work with Dr. Carlton, he discusses your overall goals and can help create a treatment strategy so you can reach them.

Curious to learn more about Botox and fillers? Contact the LoneStar Bariatrics office nearest you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlton today. 

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