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Botox or Dermal Fillers? Which is the Right Choice for You?

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Botox or Dermal Fillers? Which is the Right Choice for You?

If you’ve never ventured into the world of cosmetic injectables before, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options and the differences between them. Fortunately, you’re not alone in making your decision.

Our board-certified specialist and medical injector, Lisa Pacheco, DO, supplies the latest injectable products to give her patients options when it comes to making temporary cosmetic alterations. Here at Missoula Wellness and Med Spa in Missoula, Montana, you can compare botulinum toxin products like Botox® with dermal fillers and find out which injectable is your best option.

When you have fine lines

Many of the fine lines you get on your face show up because that’s where your skin creases when you make facial expressions. Whether you tend to raise or furrow your brow, squint when you smile, or lower the corners of your mouth when you frown, your skin tends to crease in the same places every time you make such expressions. 

Over time, those creases start to stay in place even when you’re not making any facial expressions whatsoever. These are called dynamic wrinkles because they’re associated with your facial dynamics or movements. 

Products like Botox and comparable options like Dysport® or Xeomin® are excellent choices for dynamic wrinkles. You should consider them if you’re interested in smoothing the following wrinkles:

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • A chin crease
  • Downturned corners of your mouth

Botox and similar products are also beneficial for treating migraines and have a few other medical uses. When it comes to cosmetics, Botox is a pro at treating fine lines specifically.

For larger improvements

Now that we’ve covered Botox, you might be wondering about when dermal fillers are the better option. Dermal fillers are impressively versatile and can volumeize areas where your face or hands are lacking plumpness. 

Some wrinkles are not the dynamic wrinkles treatable with Botox. Instead, they come from a decline in collagen, elastin, and general volume in your face. Wrinkles such as marionette lines and nasolabial folds fall into this category and respond more effectively to fillers than to Botox. 

At our office, Dr. Pacheco also recommends fillers to patients who want to boost volume in their cheeks, temples, or lips. Sunken cheeks are common features that appear with age, and you might see the bones of your temples start to protrude, too. Your lips can get thinner as you grow older, but you might just prefer the luscious-lipped look. 

Want to learn more?

Dr. Pacheco is always happy to sit down with patients for detailed consultations regarding cosmetic injectables. Reserve an appointment at Missoula Wellness and Med Spa to compare Botox and dermal fillers with professional, personalized input today.