• Botox or Facial Fillers? The Ultimate Debate

    by Dr. Blanchar
    on May 1st, 2015

Not many people understand the difference between facial fillers and the infamous Botox, but they assume since they provide the same general effect, they're the same thing, right? Wrong. While there are several Botox enthusiasts who think the neuromuscular toxin is their only option, they have another and that’s facial fillers like Juvederm.

Defining the Use of Botox

So what exactly is Botox? Well, according to the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), it’s a neuromuscular toxin that is used to treat active facial lines. Active facial lines are the ones that you’ve just spotted that you know weren't there a month ago. Some common areas where people will find these new facial lines are often around the mouth area which is defined as “frown lines.”

If properly administered, you'll still be able to show facial expressions, as the physician is making subtle injections to prevent the lines from forming. Essentially, as long as you don't go overboard with the injections, you'll still maintain your natural appearance.

What do Fillers Do?

With Botox being used to treat newly formed wrinkles, facial fillers target the pre-existing lines that have been set for a while. There are many different types of facial fillers available, and if that’s a direction you want to head in, your board certified surgeon should be able to inform you of which fillers will help you achieve your desired look.

There have been several occasions where we've had clients come into our Fort Lauderdale office saying that they want a wrinkle to go away, “put Botox here.” Well, for many of those who do that, we have to inform them that they're actually not looking for Botox if that’s the area they want to smooth out, that’s where Dr. Blanchar fills. The key difference between the two injections is that Botox is NOT a fix all, it has a temporary effect that requires appointments every few months.

Interested in Facial Fillers?

If you're interested in facial fillers or Botox, give us a call and we'll set you up with a consultation with Dr. Blanchar. He’s a well-experienced Aesthetic Surgeon who can help you achieve the desired look you’ve been wanting for far too long now.

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