BOTOX® is one of the most well-known and understood injectables. It’s been in use for decades and is very safe. Dermal fillers, too, are widely used and also considered safe. But what about having both types of injectables?

The expert providers at Valencia Medical Center want to help you reach your appearance goals. Whether you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, slow the appearance of wrinkles, or enjoy tauter, smoother skin, we can help. We have various tools and options that can help you get exactly the look you want—and we have the knowledge to help guide you through making decisions regarding treatments such as Botox or dermal fillers.

Botox basics

The active ingredient in Botox is OnabotulinumtoxinA, which is a neurotoxin. It works by disrupting the signals from your nerves that tell your muscles to contract. You see, your facial expressions occur because of muscle contractions, and over the years, you make the same expressions thousands of times. Each time, your skin creases the same way, and eventually, you have a fine line or a wrinkle.

When you can’t contract a specific muscle, the skin can’t crease in the same way, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished. You still make the same expression, but without causing the creasing.

The most important thing about having Botox injections is to get them from a highly trained and skilled provider. The injection needs to be precise so that the correct nerve is affected.

Dermal filler basics

Although dermal fillers are also injections, they don’t work in the same way as Botox. A filler provides plumpness beneath your skin. For example, you may have noticed that your cheeks look less rounded than they once did. That’s due to volume loss and can be corrected with a dermal filler.

Fillers provide smoothness and can help to diminish the appearance of scars as well as wrinkles. We can even help you get plumper lips with carefully administered dermal fillers.

Both together?

Since Botox and dermal fillers work differently and address separate problems, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have them simultaneously. There’s even some evidence that the two treatments can work together.  Researchers found that Botox may extend the length of time dermal fillers last.

As always, our experts can help you understand your options and guide you through the decision-making process so that you choose the procedures that are most likely to result in your desired results. If you’re considering an anti-aging treatment, or you could benefit from both Botox and dermal filler injections, schedule an appointment today.

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