Botox Versus Dermal Fillers: Which Aesthetic Treatment Is Right For You?

Injectable neuromodulators and dermal fillers have completely transformed the worlds of beauty and anti-aging. Without even a touch from a scalpel, a stitch, or a long recovery, you can rejuvenate and transform your facial features.

Both neuromodulators (e.g., Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®) and dermal fillers (e.g., Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Radiesse®) have qualities that make them ideal for treating some aesthetic issues, but not others. 

When you learn how they work and the kinds of improvements they make, you can better decide whether you need one or both.

At OBGYN Care of Houston, our team, led by Sharon Smith, MD, and aesthetic medicine specialist Dr. Nia Johnson Jones, helps you find the perfect nonsurgical treatment to make over your look. 

To that end, we’ve assembled a guide to help you identify your main areas of concern and find the treatment that gives you the look you want.

You have lines on your forehead or around your eyes

Botox by any other name is still an FDA-approved neuromodulator that quiets down the muscles in the forehead and upper face that create wrinkles. At OBGYN Care of Houston, we offer Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin to:

Each of our neuromodulators use minute amounts of a highly purified, perfectly safe form of botulinum toxin. When injected into your forehead and upper face muscles, the neuromodulators block the signals to the nerves that force muscles to contract.

After a few days, those pesky wrinkle-forming muscles relax so that your skin can smooth out and look unworried again. 

We use just enough neuromodulator to stop your muscles from creating wrinkles, but not enough to freeze your face. You can still make attractive expressions that convey your emotions and look perfectly natural.

You’d like to enlarge or reshape your lips

The lips are one area where the benefits of Botox and fillers can work together. Our aesthetic experts use neuromodulators to:

But you can also reshape and plump your lips with dermal fillers. Improvements you can make with Juvéderm or Restylane include:

Of course, you may choose to combine neuromodulators and fillers for a total, kissable lip makeover.

You want to fill in lines and creases

We have a wide variety of injectable dermal fillers that replenish your skin with hyaluronic acid (HA). Your skin naturally contains HA to help it stay youthful and plump. But as you age and expose your skin to the sun, the HA gets depleted, and you don’t produce new HA at a fast enough rate to replenish it.

We use dermal fillers to smooth out both fine lines and wrinkles and deeper creases. You can say goodbye to marionette lines, nasal labial folds, and the smoker’s wrinkles around your lips.

You want to recontour your cheeks and face

One of the most distressing signs of aging is the lack of volume in your midface, which may make you look gaunt and older than you feel. Or are. Worse, decreased volume doesn’t support your skin, so it may begin to sag, creating jowls and a turkey neck.

We use heavier dermal fillers to replace the volume in your midface that’s lost to aging and sun damage. 

By restoring your facial volume, you look immediately younger and more energized. The volume helps lift your lower face, too. We can even add volume and shape to your cheekbones for further elegance and lift. 

You want a slimmer face 

If you carry too much tension in your jaw, the lower part of your face may look overly developed, harsh, and masculine. A touch of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin in your mandibular muscles relaxes them so that your lower face slims down to a more feminine V shape.

A bonus of this treatment is that the relaxation in your jaw translates into less teeth grinding and less jaw pain. If you have pain from temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) disorder, that should resolve, too. 

One of the advantages of making improvements with injectable treatments instead of surgery is that you see your results right away. 

While you may have slight swelling at the injection areas for a day or two, dermal fillers immediately add volume and lift to your face. Neuromodulators may take a week or two to fully relax your wrinkle muscles.

Discover the ultimate nonsurgical makeover with a consultation today. Contact our Houston, Texas, office to find out if you’d benefit from Botox, dermal fillers, or both.

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