Botox® vs. Fillers: Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

Are you dismayed to find increasing wrinkles and lines forming around your eyes, brows, and forehead? Or perhaps you’re not thrilled about the loss of volume in the lower half of your face, leaving it looking hollowed out. Thankfully, we have solutions for both — Botox® and dermal fillers.

At The Miami Institute of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery, under the expert direction of Dr. Peter Khamvongsa, we provide women’s health solutions that range from routine wellness visits to more complex surgeries. As a practice that’s devoted to women, we believe great overall wellness is an inside and an outside job, which is why we offer cosmetic injectables.

If you’re toying with the idea of undoing some of the signs of aging in your face, here’s a look at some of your options.

Tackling fine lines and wrinkles

If you’re concerned about the wrinkles and fine lines that have formed around your eyes, your brows, and your forehead, Botox is the answer. This cosmetic injectable started a revolution almost 20 years ago, and it remains the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure to this day. That’s because Botox works.

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment designed to temporarily make moderate-to-severe frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines look better. To do this, Botox contains onabotulinumtoxinA, which is a neuromodulator that inhibits the muscles responsible for many of the lines on the upper half of your face.

Every time you smile, squint, or frown, muscles contract and pull your skin into an expression. As time goes by and your skin naturally loses its elasticity and tone, these contractures become increasingly etched in your skin.

With Botox, we can quiet the muscles, which allows your skin to relax and become smoother, keeping those lines at bay.

Increasing volume

Moving to the lower half of your face, age causes a loss of volume in your skin as the thin layer of fat begins to succumb to gravity and your tissue thins. This can leave you with thinning lips, hollowed cheeks, and deep nasolabial folds around your mouth.

To tackle this issue, we turn to dermal fillers, more specifically, the Juvéderm® and Restylane® lines. These products use hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in your body, to restore volume on your face.

With Juvéderm and Restylane, we can fill in those deep parentheses lines that surround your mouth, plump up your lips, and even restore volume in your cheeks.

Which treatment is right for you?

It depends upon your goals. Botox and dermal fillers tackle aging from different angles in different areas. If you’re only concerned about the wrinkles on the top half of your face, Botox is your best solution. If, however, it’s the loss of volume on the bottom half of your face that has you down, dermal fillers deliver great results.

The fact is that most of our clients benefit from a combination of the two. Because Botox and dermal fillers are so quick and easy for us to administer, delivering near-immediate results, these cosmetic injectables have become a regular part of many beauty regimens.

The best way to find out what’s right for you is to come in and sit down with us. We can review your skin and discuss your goals to come up with the best plan to give you a more youthful appearance. To get started, simply contact our Miami, Florida, office by calling or using our online booking tool.

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