Understanding Qualities of Botox Vs. Dermal Fillers, Part 2

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Understanding Qualities of Botox Vs. Dermal Fillers, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on the differences between Botox and dermal fillers. While both these products are used for similar purposes in many cases, such as removing lines and wrinkles from the face, they are made from different substances and have varying impacts in several ways.

At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re proud to offer a variety of both Botox injections and dermal filler treatments, including several Juvederm products. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few additional areas that separate these two, plus some final notes on making your choice between Botox and dermal filler options.

Side Effects

Like with many other medical procedures, both Botox and dermal fillers carry some small risk of side effects. These should be discussed with Genesis Lifestyle Medical or another medical provider in advance, particularly if you have preexisting medical conditions of any kind.

Botox is generally recommended for those in good health, largely to reduce side effect risks. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, or for those with weak facial muscles, skin issues or neuromuscular diseases. Its potential side effects include:

  • Bruises at the injection site
  • Eye redness or irritation (taking eye drops in advance may help reduce this risk)
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Minor headaches

Dermal fillers also carry some side effect risks, including some that have greater risks than Botox. Most side effects wear off in a few weeks, however, and some are very rare. They can include:

  • Redness at the site
  • Allergic reaction
  • Minor bruising or itching
  • Scarring
  • Numbness
  • Infection or sore risks

Cost, Coverage and Availability

Both these treatment formats are widely available through specialists like Genesis Lifestyle Medical. Neither is usually covered by insurance, but financing or payment options may be available.

Botox comes with a lower up-front cost than dermal fillers, but it’s important to consider that in many cases, multiple injections are required to maintain results – and this isn’t always the case with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers range pretty widely in cost, with hyaluronic acid treatments usually in the $500-$800 range.

Making Your Choice

There are several areas to evaluate when making this decision, as we’ve been over to this point. The kinds of lines or wrinkles you’re looking to remove play a big role, as do your budget and the length of effectiveness provided by a given option. A consultation with Genesis Lifestyle Medical and our staff often helps patients understand the best option for them.

For more on the differences between Botox and dermal fillers, or to learn about any of our other medical spa treatments, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.