Botox and fillers are cosmetic injectables that improve the appearance of your skin. Even though they’re often mentioned together, Botox and fillers have differences.
Botox is an injectable neuromodulator made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When Botox enters your body, it blocks nerve signals from reaching certain muscles in your face. That allows your muscles to relax, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.
Fillers are cosmetic injectables that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a protein produced naturally by your body. It keeps your skin smooth and plump. Fillers don’t minimize the appearance of wrinkles or lines. Instead, they “fill” sagging or loose skin.
At Cumberland Dermatology, the team uses Botox and fillers to treat various cosmetic issues, including:
You might also benefit from treatment with fillers if you have loose or wrinkly skin on your hands or chest.
Getting Botox or fillers doesn’t require much preparation. The team at Cumberland Dermatology administers cosmetic injections onsite during a quick outpatient appointment.
During the initial consultation, let your provider know if you have any allergies or underlying medical conditions. Also, alert them if you take any prescription medication, vitamins, or supplements. If you take blood-thinners or other similar medicines, your provider might ask you to stop a few days in advance to reduce the risk of bruising.
The number of Botox or filler injections you receive depends on several factors, including your medical records, age, and goals. After a comprehensive exam, the team at Cumberland Dermatology develops a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
Botox and fillers are safe and usually well-tolerated, but like any cosmetic injectable, there are potential risks. For example, after you receive injections, it’s normal to experience:
These symptoms should subside within a day or two, but if they persist or worsen, contact the team at Cumberland Dermatology right away.
The results of Botox and fillers aren’t permanent, but they typically last 4-6 months* and sometimes longer. To ensure a positive treatment outcome, follow your provider’s instructions carefully and attend each of your follow-up appointments.
To see if you can benefit from Botox and fillers, make an appointment at Cumberland Dermatology by calling the nearest office or booking online today.