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The Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Aging can be a bitter pill to swallow, especially when external appearance hides the youthful spirit that still thrives on the inside. If wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin are combining to rob you of your youthful appearance, the good news is that we have a quick-and-easy solution — well, two solutions.

At Beraja Medical Institute, our team not only looks after your eye health, we also offer simple and effective cosmetic solutions that combat the signs of aging. More specifically, we provide Botox® and dermal fillers, which take on aging from two different angles.

Here’s a look at the difference between Botox and fillers.

The beauty of Botox

Since its approval by the FDA in 2002, Botox has taken the cosmetic world by storm and has held the top spot for nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in the United States. Millions of people turn to Botox each year to improve moderate-to-severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines — the primary signs of aging on the top half of your face.

The key ingredient in Botox is onabotulinumtoxin A, which is a neuromodulator that temporarily paralyzes the muscles that contract to form the lines around your eyes, brows, and forehead.

Every time you squint, wrinkle your brows in concentration, and even smile, dynamic lines come and go on your face. As the years go by, however, these lines become increasingly etched into your skin, like well-worn paths, especially as your skin loses its elasticity and tone.

With Botox, we strategically inject the areas where you’d like to reduce the lines, and the neuromodulator goes to work to quiet the contractions. Within a week of your Botox treatment, you’ll be rewarded with smoother skin that you can enjoy for up to four months, at which point you simply return for another round of injections.

Fill ‘er up

Moving from the top half of your face to the bottom half, the signs of aging in this area tend to develop as a result of thinning and lax tissue. The structural support in your skin is powered by collagen, and you enjoy the highest levels of this protein around the age of 20.

As you make your way into adulthood, your collagen production drops off by about 1% a year, leaving you with:

To address these signs of aging, we turn to Juvederm & Restylane® products, which rely on hyaluronic acid to restore volume. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your body, so your tissue readily accepts the injections.

Like Botox, it takes us only minutes to administer the injections. Better still, your results are immediate, which means you can walk out of our offices looking years younger.

A powerful combination

As you can see, Botox and dermal fillers are both extremely effective in addressing the various signs of aging around your face, which is why many of our patients use them in combination.

When you come in, we assess your issues and your goals and come up with the ideal blend of cosmetic injectables to restore your youthful appearance. To get started, please call our office in Coral Gables, Florida at 786-899-2516, or book an appointment online.

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