How to Combine Botox® and Dermal Fillers for a Dramatic Difference
Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin are natural parts of the aging process made worse by factors such as sun exposure. As natural as they may be, if you’re bothered by these effects, you don’t have to live with them. Botox and dermal fillers provide minimally invasive, quick treatment options for aging skin with results that can last for several months or more. In some cases to the very same people. We love offering both treatments—including Restylane fillers, Botox, and Dysport, an alternative to Botox—at Brickell Cosmetic Center. In the long run, you may even end up saving money by combining the two treatments.
Botox and Dermal Fillers Work Differently
Both Botox and dermal fillers are treatments that, once injected into particular facial areas, create a more youthful appearance. How they accomplish this, however, varies pretty significantly. Botox temporarily paralyzes muscles, creating less movement that typically causes creases in your forehead or around your eyes. Fillers, on the other hand, literally fill in wrinkles and fine lines. They help restore plumpness that tends to diminish with aging.
Botox Can Help Fillers Last Longer
The benefits from dermal fillers fade over time, as they break down and your body absorbs them. If you move your face quite a bit, they’ll break down faster. This is where Botox comes in. By paralyzing certain muscles, you’ll have less movement. Consequently, your results will last longer, and you’ll get more financial bang for your buck.
Every Person Is Unique
The ideal pairing of Botox and dermal fillers varies, depending on factors such as your age, the intensity of the fine lines and shallows you wish to improve on, and your personal goals and preferences. The first step in combining these treatments is a visit with your aesthetics specialist who can guide you through the decision process.
You Can Combine Botox and Fillers in One Treatment or Two
Your Botox and filler provider may recommend having just one of the two treatments first, before adding the other based on that outcome. In some cases, it’s best to relax muscles first using Botox and then have filler treatment about two weeks later. That said, your aesthetic specialist might recommend both treatments in the same session. For some people, receiving Botox and filler in the forehead area in the same sitting leads to result that last 9-10 months versus five to six months.
Age May Make a Difference
Combining Botox with dermal fillers isn’t ideal for everyone or at every stage of life. If you’re an older individual, for example, you may really benefit from Botox plus fillers than younger adults, who might benefit from Botox alone. This is because fine lines and wrinkles tend to appear most prominently first due to facial movement, followed gradually by less facial plumpness and volume.
All of the following dermal fillers can be combined with Botox:
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Lyft
- Restylane Defyne and Refyne
If you’re unsure whether you’d like to combine Botox and fillers, try the one that most suits you first. To get started or learn more, contact our office to schedule an appointment.