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The Injectable Dilemma: Botox vs. Dermal Fillers

chin-upThe American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed that more than 2.5 billion dollars was spent on injectables alone in 2013. In fact, Botox and hyaluronic acid injectables ranked first and second respectively in the most frequently performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures on the same  year.

With the soaring popularity of injectables for facial rejuvenation, it’s not also a surprise when first-time visitors here at our practice are clueless about which injectable will suit them best. If you’re currently in the same boat as these people, read on below to have it all figured out!

The Botox Decision

By and large, Botox works well for facial lines and wrinkles that are formed through repeated muscle contraction such as frowning, squinting, and smiling. Botox specifically blocks the release of acetylcholine which is mainly responsible for muscle contraction when making a facial expression.

Currently, Botox is approved by the FDA in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet (wrinkles in the outermost corners of the eye), forehead lines, and furrows in between the brows.

The Dermal Fillers Decision

Meanwhile, dermal fillers are ideal for signs of facial aging that have resulted due to volume loss such as sunken cheeks, nasolabial folds, and jowls. A wide variety of facial fillers are currently available, from ones that contain naturally occurring substances such as collagen and hyaluronic acid to the ones that are made of synthetic materials. In addition, these fillers range from months to years in effectivity.

Choosing an Expert Injector

Apart from identifying the specific injectable that you need for your facial aging concerns, choosing an expert injector is also equally important to obtain optimal outcomes. It pays to choose a highly experienced injector who doesn’t only have the knowledge but also the artistry and finesse to achieve natural-looking results.

Let us help you figure out the right injectable for your cosmetic goals, preferences,  and current lifestyle! Call us at  818.380.3130 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment with us.

Dr. Matthew Malamet serves patients from Encino, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas. We look forward to your visit!