One of the most common questions about injectables is “What is the difference between Botox® and filler?”. Both are injections with the same main goal: reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The neuromodulators like Botox® are reducing the muscle movement preventing the appearance and formation of wrinkles. Compared to fillers like Juvederm or Restylane that are filling the wrinkles, allowing the skin to be lifted and making the wrinkles less noticeable. Fillers are also used to add volume in certain parts of the body. They can be used on lips, cheeks, and even penis to enhance the volume of the area.


NEUROMODULATORS

Where can you use the neuromodulators?

  • Forehead & Crow’s Feet (eye lines)

The most known areas injected are the forehead and crow's feet. Injecting in these two areas allows you to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. Depending on the look you're looking for, “frozen” (barely any muscle movement), or with “movement” (moderate muscle movement) the injector will decide the right number of injections for you. Injecting neuromodulators in the forehead can also allow you to do a brow lift, meaning by using specific injections in certain areas, your brows will be lifted.

  • Masseter (chewing muscles)

Neuromodulator injections into the masseter muscle is a great solution for patients who are grinding and clenching their teeth. It will relax the muscle and reduce the amount of grinding/clenching. It’s also used for cosmetic purposes; it helps slim down the lower part of your cheeks making you look slimmer.

  • Lip flip

Lip flip means the neuromodulator is injected right above the upper lip. It will temporarily relax the muscle causing your upper lip to roll upward slightly. Your lip will be more defined, fuller, and will not disappear when smiling.

  • Other: Sweating & Migraines

Neuromodulators can also be used to reduce migraines by injecting the products around the main head muscles and nerves. It can also reduce sweating in the armpit, head, and feet.

How long does it last and what brand are you using?

On average the neuromodulators last 3 months, some will last longer, others less. Sometimes it is a good idea to try different brands because everybody is different and everybody is processing the product differently. In our Scottsdale office, we offer Botox®, Dysport, Xeomin, and NewTox (Jeuveau).

FILLERS

Where can you use dermal fillers?

  • Lip Filler

Lip filler is one of the most requested injectable treatments! Celebrities like Kylie Jenner have been injecting their lips for years. The procedure is customizable to your needs: you can add volume, more definition, and/or reshape your lips. Our nurse injector/ physician will choose the perfect filler for you and your goals, sometimes more than one syringe is needed to achieve your desired outcome.

  • Nose Filler - Non-surgical rhinoplasty

Nose filler is a great alternative to rhinoplasty (nose job). The filler is injected in your nose and creates smoother lines, corrects bumps, adds volume, and can also correct your nose tip.

  • Facial Balancing: Cheek, Jawline & Chin Filler

Cheek fillers add volume and make your face look slimmer. Jawline & chin injections help strengthen your jawline, soften jowls, improve 'double chins', and/or give a more defined jawline. Facial Balancing is a combination of multiple injections in strategic areas to give you a more symmetric and slimmer look.

  • Filler for Wrinkles - Nasolabial fold

Using fillers on wrinkles such as laugh lines or smoker lines allows the wrinkles to be less noticeable. By adding volume in those specific areas the appearance of the wrinkles is reduced.

  • Tear Trough Filler - Under Eye

Tear Trough filler is great if you have dark circles or lines under your eye. This treatment is quick and effective, restores lost volume, and reduces dark circles.

  • Acne Scarring

Using filler to treat acne scars is possible. The filler is placed underneath the acne scar. By adding volume, the skin is lifted and reduces the appearance of the scars.

  • Other areas: Buttocks, Hand & Penis Filler

Filler can be used in multiple areas to enhance or add volume. There is a specific filler for buttocks enhancement, Sculptra, that add volume and shape to your buttocks and hips. You can rejuvenate the appearance of your hands with filler injections. For men, the filler can be used on the penis to add volume and girth: learn more


How long does it last and what brand are you using?

Fillers can last from 6 months to a few years but it all depends on the brand used and the area injected. Lip filler lasts on average from 6 months to one year. Nose filler, tear trough filler cheek, jawline & chin filler lasts on average one year. The brand, Bellafill, is almost permanent and lasts for about 5 years. In the office, we’re offering Juvederm (Ultra XC, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, and Versa), Restylane (Defyne, Refyne, Kysse, Lyft, Restylane L), Radiesse, Sculptra and Bellafill.

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