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Botox vs Filler – Which One Is Right for You?

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Look in the mirror lately and spot some sneaky lines and potential wrinkles on your face – that you’re NOT in love with?

 

Aging is definitely part of life, but the world we live in now – going under the knife doesn’t have to be the only way to treat a sagging face or even that “resting” face where people think you’re either super angry, or highly confused.

 

(You know the one we’re talking about!)

 

A less invasive approach to treating wrinkles, lines and areas of lost volume on your face can be Botox or filler.

 

But this is where confusion usually sets in…

 

What’s the difference between Botox + filler and which one should I choose?

 

Let’s take a closer look, so you can decide for yourself…

 

  

What Is Botox?

  

You’re injecting WHAT into your face?

 

Oh, just a neurotoxin that’s produced by a bacterium by the name of Clostridium botulinum (aka botulinum toxin).

 

(Whew, that’s a mouthful isn’t it?)

 

Just saying those big words and uttering neurotoxin on top of it sounds like nobody should be injecting Botox into anything, right?

 

But what if we said it all depends on how the Botox is made and administered that distinguishes Botox from wrinkle-smoother to botulism-inducer?

 

Botox – the kind used for injecting into and smoothing areas like the forehead and eye area – first comes in a powder form that is diluted with saline which allows for injection.

 

The saline also helps to water down the Botox and dilute any toxic capabilities.

 

When Botox is injected into, say, the forehead area, it will block transmission to the nerve in the nearby muscles. Almost like a “freeze” of that injected area.

  

When Botox is used and administered correctly (ahem, we’re talking a licensed professional) it can be used for more than a smooth forehead.

 

Botox can also be used for headaches, migraines, eye crossing, muscular and bowel disorders, bladder challenges and even excessive sweating.

 

Depending on your age and amount of collagen, receiving Botox for aesthetic reasons may also help your future creases and wrinkles as well.

 

Who would’ve thought Botox was more than a beauty enhancer?

 

Ok, now that we’ve covered Botox, let’s talk about filler…

 

 

What Is filler?

 

Most fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid (in different forms) and do not “freeze” the muscle like Botox does.

 

Filler is usually used in areas that Botox is not (like around the mouth) and can even be used to contour the nose, plump up the perfect pout, as well as add volume to areas that appear to be sagging on the face.

 

There are different versions and names for these fillers:

 

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

 

•  RESTYLANE + RESTYLANE-L – known for volume; the only difference is the Restylane-L has lidocaine in it for potential prevention of pain.

 

•  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC – lip line definition, in addition to smoothing out fine lines found around the mouth area.

 

•  JUVÉDERM ULTRA XC – known for a plush lip look.

 

Depending on the look you’re going for, a combination of these fillers can be used to achieve the desired appearance.

 

 

Which One Is Right for You – Botox or Filler?

 

When you get right down to it, Botox or filler is a personal choice and one that should be made between you and a highly qualified professional injector.

 

So, here’s what’s typically recommended —

 

•  Botox is best for facial expression lines like the crease points where your muscles contract (crow’s feet and eye area, between the eyebrows and forehead).

 

•  Botox can last 3-6 months depending on skin type.

 

•  Filler is best for facial lines at rest — where volume is needed — like the deep lines around your mouth, plump up your pout and can also be used for nose correction and those wrinkles/lines where you sleep as well.

 

•  Filler can last anywhere from 6-18 months depending on skin type and what filler you choose.  

 

 

To Sum it Up

 

If you’ve ever considered smoothing out some of the lines and wrinkles creeping up on your face with Botox or filler, but were confused and, honestly, a little nervous because of words like Botulism and neurotoxin being thrown around – not to mention those horror stories about botched Botox – we completely understand your concern.  

 

Some of the biggest reasons Botox and filler gets a bad rap is due to an unlicensed or inexperienced “professional” administering this injectable, especially with a wrong dosage that isn’t safe to be injected.

 

Our best advice?

Do your research for a highly qualified – and highly recommended – injector in your area and allow yourself plenty of time to ask questions and get comfortable with the person who may be helping your face look totally fresh – without the surgery!


Curious about Botox and fillers?

Request an appointment below or contact RENEW | 719.423.0083 to consult with a highly qualified injector like Dr. Rochelle Elijah!



Lip Fillers - Your Guide to the Perfect Pout

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I want to real-talk with you about something that’s kind of taboo…

Lip fillers.

Yes, I’m talkin’ injections in your lips.

Don’t gasp, I’m here to help you maneuver this topic…

 

Do you ever think about getting lip fillers, but you’re too afraid people will liken you to the next Kylie Jenner?

Or perhaps you’re afraid you’ll receive a botched job and end up looking like those duck-lip selfies nobody wants to see?

You’re not the only one with these thoughts.

 

Today, we’re going to talk about all things lip fillers – your guide to a perfect pout!

 

But first, you have to remember to...

 

 

Do Your Research

You wouldn’t buy a brand-new house without spending time looking for the best real estate agent, neighborhood and dialing in your preferences, correct?

Exactly. Do the same with lip fillers.

Research doctors in your area, go in for a consultation and definitely take your time.

Even though lip fillers are meant to be temporary, you’re still injecting a needle into your lips – make sure you’re completely comfortable with the doctor and procedure you choose.

And remember – you can always change your mind! No pressure just find out what works for you.

 

Ok, let’s talk about all things lip fillers…

 

 

What Are Lip Fillers?

Most lip fillers are temporary and contain Hyaluronic Acid (in different forms). These temporary, hyaluronic acid lip fillers are FDA approved and – unlike any other time in history – are highly popular.

There are different versions and names for these lip fillers:

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

•  RESTYLANE + RESTYLANE-L – known for volume; the only difference is the Restylane-L has lidocaine in it for potential prevention of pain.

•  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC – lip line definition, in addition to smoothing out fine lines found around the mouth area.

•  JUVÉDERM ULTRA XC – known for a plush lip look.

Depending on the look you’re going for, a combination of these lip fillers can be used to achieve the desired appearance.

 

Ok, now you know what lip fillers are -- what does the procedure entail? 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Procedure

After cleansing the area, potentially applying a topical numbing cream (and allowing it to kick in) and then the injections – you’re looking at less than an hour from start to finish.

Of course, this is a ballpark figure, so don’t forget to ask your injector what their process looks like and how long a visit will take.

 

...But is it painful? 

 

 

Lip Fillers + Pain

Isn’t this the question we always ask – but will it hurt?

What’s that famous quote, “Pain is beauty.”

Hmmm, perhaps some truth to that.

 

As for lip filler, the most pain people feel is the lidocaine shot.

After that, the filler is usually described as a pricking sensation that is soon followed by the filler moving through the lips (potentially uncomfortable pressure here).

You’ll most likely see volume right away but swelling and bruising can occur for up to a few days after the procedure.

We don’t recommend an evening photo shoot after your session!

 

 

Lip Fillers + Side Effects?

Small bumps may occur around your lips but usually go away after a week or so.

With any procedure, serious (but rare) complications can occur.

For lip fillers, blood clots can occur as well as significant pain or discoloration. Please get in touch with your doctor immediately, if you experience these side effects. 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Care + Maintenance

Post-procedure you want to keep your blood flow to a minimum. That means no exercise for a couple of days and definitely keep those hands away from your lips for at least 48 hours.

If you love your (new) perfect pout, touch-ups are ideal. Speak with your injector about your lifestyle (Full of movement? Love the couch?)

Those factors can help determine when your ideal touch-up window is.

 

 

To Sum it Up

So, you’re thinking about what your perfect pout would look like?

To lip filler or not…that is the question.

As the diligent student you are, do your research and take your time.

Remember most lip fillers are temporary (speak to your injector about what can be done if you absolutely hate how your lips turn out with filler).

In less than an hour, you’ll probably feel a small amount of pain and experience discomfort, but that should go away.

(Contact your doctor immediately if you experience extreme pain and discoloration.)

 

And in a few days, you’ll be ready for your close-up, darling!


Looking for an injector in the Pueblo/Southern Colorado area?

Request an appointment with Dr. Rochelle Elijah today…and start your perfect pout journey.

 


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