When it comes to making big beauty changes in little time, few treatments can compare to BOTOX® and dermal fillers. These injectables can smooth away fine lines and restore flattering volume across the face, helping you look younger in just a few days or less. For many of our patients, BOTOX and fillers are their first venture into the world of cosmetic procedures. They often have many questions about treatment pain, recovery time, and more.
If you’re considering BOTOX or fillers for the first time and looking for information, you’re in the right place. Here are our answers to the top BOTOX questions our Little Rock patients ask.
How Does BOTOX Work?
BOTOX uses an active ingredient known as botulinum toxin. This neurotoxin protein is injected into specific muscle groups, causing the muscles to relax temporarily. When certain facial muscles no longer tightly contract, they no longer pull on the skin to create unwanted wrinkles. A skilled injector will give you flattering, natural-looking results that don’t appear “frozen” or “overdone.”
How Are Fillers Different Than BOTOX?
While BOTOX and fillers are both injectable treatments, they aren’t exactly the same. BOTOX, as explained above, uses a neurotoxin to relax muscles. It is mainly used on wrinkled skin around the eyes, brows, and forehead.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are meant to plump up the skin using hydrating active ingredients. They can fill out the cheeks and lips, restore volume to hollows around the eyes, and even rejuvenate the back of the hands.
Are Injectable Treatments Painful?
Like any injection, you may experience a slight “pinch” as the ultrafine needle goes into the skin. However, all of our fillers use lidocaine to minimize any discomfort, and a topical numbing cream can be used during treatments.
When Can I Go Back to Work After BOTOX or Dermal Fillers?
As a nonsurgical treatment, you can go back to work immediately after your BOTOX or filler appointment. Your skin may be red or tender for the first few days after treatment, but over-the-counter pain medication and ice pack application can ease most issues.
How Long Does BOTOX Last? Do Fillers Last Longer?
BOTOX typically lasts for 2 to 3 months before the body fully breaks down the active ingredients. Fillers, on the other hand, can potentially last for 6 months to 2 years, depending on the specific type of filler used and the part of the face it’s used. In both cases, your injector will give you an estimate of when you may need to return for a touch-up treatment.
Can I Add Fillers to My BOTOX Treatment?
Yes! If you want to fight wrinkles while also plumping up your skin, you can certainly combine BOTOX and fillers. Ask your provider what skincare plan will work best for achieving your aesthetic goals.