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Botox Injections

Botox Injections

Dermal Fillers vs. Neuromodulators

What is the difference between Neruomodulators and Fillers?

Both of these injectables help decrease the appearance of wrinkles but in much different ways. Dermal fillers decrease lines and wrinkles by restoring volume where the skin lacks volume and elasticity. When fillers are injected into these areas, it supports and restores volume creating a smoother skin appearance. Neuromodulators address dynamic wrinkles that are caused by the flexing of muscles. When neuromodulators are injected, they weaken these muscles, causing them to contract less and the wrinkles to smooth out.
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Patients who want to address fine lines and wrinkles on their face will often turn to us for help in turning back the hands of time. One commonly considered treatment to do so include the use of injectables such as Botox. Botox is used often to reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth, between the eyebrows, and in other areas of the face. When Botox is injected it inhibits muscle contractions on certain areas of the face. When we frown or scrunch our face, we will notice that certain lines are created and gradually become permanent. As we age, these lines become more obvious and dramatic and can make us look older than we really feel. This is why neuromodulators such as Botox is recommended in order to lessen the tightening of these muscles and improve the appearance of the skin.

MYTH: Botox freezes your face, turning you into an emotionless zombie.

Some people think that Botox will prevent you from making facial expressions and freezes your face into one position. Not true. Botox works by blocking signals from your nerves to the muscles, preventing contractions and smoothing out lines. A board certified dermatologist can administer Botox treatments that allow wrinkles to soften and relax, but still allow you to express a full range of emotions: Happiness, surprise, joy and even anger.


MYTH: Botox anti-wrinkle injections are poison and unsafe.

Doctors have been using Botox for a variety of medical and aesthetic reasons for close to two decades. Nearly 6.5 million Botox injections were administered last year alone according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, suggesting that this treatment is popular, effective and safe. No long-term side effects have been reported, even after more than 10 years of regular use.


MYTH: Botox is to expensive.

Many people think Botox is an expensive procedure, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. Prices vary depending on the area of treatment and the number of units needed, but typically a single session of Botox will cost between $200 and $400. Of course, there are other costs associated with the procedure, such as office visits and follow-up appointments, but the overall cost is still quite reasonable. Furthermore, many medical spas offer discounts and specials throughout the year, so it’s always worth asking about potential savings opportunities. 

MYTH: You’ll never be able to stop getting Botox injections once you start.

Botox injections typically last three to four months. That means that over time, the relaxed muscles will begin to contract again, returning you facial muscles to their previous positions. Though regular injections will maintain the treatment effects, you can stop receiving Botox at any time without any damage or making wrinkles worse.


MYTH: You’re never too young or too old for Botox.

Many doctors advocate waiting until your 20s or 30s to begin event preventative cosmetic Botox treatments. Botox best works for softening wrinkles and lines that stay put even with constant movement, and in many cases, these won’t develop until adulthood.

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