According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 8.7 million people received Botox® injections (or other neuromodulators), and 4.8 million got filler injections, in 2022 — making them two of the most popular minimally invasive procedures.
Unfortunately, the millions of folks who flock to their esthetician’s office tend to choose either the neuromodulator or filler, not realizing they could maximize their treatments by getting both injectables simultaneously.
It may sound like overkill, but our experts at Sanford Dermatology have years of experience creating customized aesthetic treatment plans to meet our patients’ exact needs —and often, that means combining treatments.
Here’s a closer look at this dynamic duo.
Beginning with Botox
Botox has become a household name, but if you’re unfamiliar with it, we’re here with some basic details.
Each Botox injection contains a small amount of toxin called onabotulinumtoxinA. They say that beauty is pain, but we get it if willingly injecting a toxin into your body sounds like taking things a step too far. Don’t panic, though. Our staff is specially trained and licensed to administer Botox injections, so you can rest assured you won’t have any adverse reactions.
Once injected, the toxin temporarily paralyzes the muscles and nerves in your face, which stops dynamic wrinkles from appearing.
Botox is most effective for wrinkles in and around your forehead, eyes, mouth, nose, and neck.
Many who are new to Botox are uneasy about the thought of having their faces frozen in an unnatural position, but our experts administer the exact right amount of toxin to ensure beautiful, natural-looking results.
Next up, fillers
Rather than stopping your facial expressions, fillers (also called dermal fillers) address wrinkles by filling in your face’s sunken, hollow spaces. The result is smoother skin via plumper features.
Fillers contain a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), which performs many functions in your body, including giving your skin shape and helping it retain moisture.
In your teens and 20s, you had all the HA you and your skin needed, and your body could produce its own. But, as the years go by, you gradually lose your stores of HA, and your body slows down production. What happens next is sagging, thinning, and crepey skin.
With a simple injection of fillers, we can flood those shallow spaces with HA to quickly restore volume. We recommend fillers for wrinkles and volume loss in your cheeks, forehead, jaw, chin, and lips.
Your filler results can last years, depending on the brand and formula.
The best of both worlds
Not everyone needs a Botox and filler combo, but many of our patients benefit from tandem treatments because Botox and fillers address the same problem (wrinkles) with two different approaches.
Botox tackles dynamic wrinkles caused by facial expressions. Fillers work on static wrinkles, which are visible even when your face is at rest.
When used together, you can completely overhaul your skin’s health, restore youthful contours, and regain your silky smooth skin.
If you’d like more information about combining injectable treatments, call or click to schedule a consultation at any of our three conveniently located offices serving Greater Sanford, Pittsboro, and Lillington, North Carolina.