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Botox or Facial Fillers

Botox or facial fillers; which ones do you use and where?

As one of the most tried and true methods of cosmetic enhancement, the field of cosmetic injectables provide one of the simplest, most effective ways to get immediate results with no down time. Botox was first introduced in 2002 when the brand helped establish the aesthetic market with its first FDA approval to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Since then dozens of injectable products have hit the market including a wide selection of injectable facial fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane. They have all proven to be safe and effective in helping women and men to turn back the clock on aging by reducing wrinkles and replacing lost volume in the face where aging has taken its effect.

Dr. Gross finds that his patients are often confused as to where Botox should be used versus facial fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. You can rest assured that he will suggest the right injectable for your face and explain why it’s the best choice for you and what you want to achieve.

Botox is a neurotoxin used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles. The end result from using Botox is totally different than the end result you will get from facial fillers. Products like Restylane and Juvederm are made of hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that contributes to volume and hydration. These products work by replacing  facial volume due to the aging process.

Where Should you use Botox?

  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead
  • Between the eyebrows commonly referred to as “crow’s feet”
  • Around the sides of the eyes

Where Should You Use Facial Fillers?

  • Loss of volume in the cheeks
  • In the nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth
  • Bags and dark circles under the eyes
  • Fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face

While the number of injectable products and the use has increased dramatically over the past 20 years the outcome still depends on the artistic skill and refined approach of the physician who delivers it. Dr. Gross has been using injectable products since they first came out and teaches others physicians how to inject. He won’t change how you look by using injectables, but instead will conservatively use them to highlight your natural beauty.

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