Dermal Fillers or Botox®?
This is a question that comes up quite often if you are new to Injectable Treatments. Don’t confuse Dermal Fillers with Botox®. Although both procedures involve injections, Botox® is most often injected around the forehead and wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) to stop muscle movement that results in wrinkles. It has nothing to do with the plumping smoothing effect Dermal Fillers have. Because they work in different manners, many people elect to get both Botox® and Dermal Fillers—the combination can produce a remarkably younger-looking face. With over 15 years of experience with Injectable treatments, Dr. Blanka Orloff is well known for her technique and in depth understanding for evaluating a face and knowing what will be needed and how to get the desired results.
Let’s talk dermal fillers first. Dermal fillers can be used to correct a variety of concerns related to facial aging, including:
- Adding volume and smoothing out the deep creases that run from the nose to the mouth (called nasolabial folds or laugh lines).
- Plumping thin lips and smoothing out vertical lines around the edges of the lips.
- Augmenting cheeks to enhance their shape, often restoring youthful fullness.
- Filling out depressions (hollows) under the eye area.
- Making indented scars from acne or chicken pox more even with surrounding skin.
- Increasing volume to fill out gauntness in the lower cheek or temple area, which most often occurs due to fat pads shifting beneath the surface of skin.
Dermal fillers are a naturally-derived or synthetic material that is directly injected into skin with the purpose of plumping that area to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or fold is gone. Depending on the type of filler, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years; for semi-permanent or permanent fillers, the effects can last up to five years, and there are reports of even longer-lasting results.
The real key to achieving the desired result from any injectable treatment ultimately rests with the skill of the doctor in placing the right amount of filler in exactly the right place. Regardless of the material, there is a learning curve to injection techniques as well as understanding how the varying substances affect skin. That means you need to find a doctor who has been injecting dermal fillers for some time, and who has EXTENSIVE experience, preferably with more than one type of filler.
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