Is BOTOX or a Dermal Filler Right for You?

If you’ve been considering BOTOX or a dermal filler to address facial wrinkles, hopefully you’ve done some research on which one might be the best solution for you.

There are a variety of injectables and dermal fillers available today. The main use of each one is to smooth wrinkles and add volume to folds, scars, and depressions in the face. They’re used alone or in conjunction with other forms of plastic surgery, such as rhinoplasty, facelift, or eyelift procedures. Botox produces temporary facial rejuvenation by paralyzing the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. When these muscles are paralyzed, the face is smoother and less wrinkled. Side effects are rare but, of course, should be considered when deciding on a procedure.  Injectable fillers are a soft tissue filler approved as medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These devices are injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body.

Consult your doctor right away to make sure you are a good fit for the procedure you are considering.  It’s also a good idea to do your own personal research so that you know how to prepare, what the procedure entails, and details on the recovery process. When you talk to your doctor, be sure to express your personal expectations. If they aren’t reasonable, your doctor will let you know what you should really expect. This will help you to determine if you want to continue with the procedure or not.

Your doctor will give you all of the information about the procedure and ask for your questions. If you have any, ask them! Don’t hesitate thinking you might sound stupid. These are serious procedures that deserve careful thought before you commit.

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