It’s common for patients considering cosmetic injectable treatments, such as dermal filler, at our Southern Illinois practice to not only ask about the difference between filler and neurotoxin, but also between the various options.
Injectable treatments, the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S., are often thought by patients to be interchangeable. The differences between filler and neurotoxin can sometimes be challenging for patients to understand.
Let’s start with filler. What is it? Who could benefit from this treatment? How do I pick which filler to get? These are all common questions. Cosmetic fillers work by increasing volume in areas that have lost volume or adding volume to areas you wish to improve. When injected, it acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume due to normal aging. It also brings water to the surface of the skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.
If you are experiencing volume loss or would like to add facial contours, you are a candidate for filler. Common treatment areas are the lips, around the mouth, cheeks, jowls, jaw, and under eyes. Depending on your anatomy, desired results, and treatment area, your provider will select the filler that best suits your needs. We carry Restylane family fillers, Juvederm, RHA, and Radiesse.
Now onto neurotoxin, who’s a candidate, how it differs from filler, the options we carry.
Neurotoxins block muscular nerve signals, which then weaken the muscle so that it can’t contract. Without those muscle contractions, unwanted facial wrinkles diminish. If you have unwanted lines on your forehead, between your eyebrows, around your eyes, and various other areas, a neurotoxin is a great option for you.
This treatment is different from filler because it is simply preventing the muscles from contracting, which prevents lines from forming. Filler is adding volume to “fill” or physically smooth lines. There are certain scenarios that require both injections, but that is something that will be determined in a consultation with your aesthetic provider. Neurotoxins last approximately 3-4 months, whereas filler lasts 6-12 months.
The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery carries BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin. Much like filler, your provider will help you select the best option for you based on your desired result.
Many patients come in with the fear of looking unnatural. Our goal in The Spa is to ensure you remain looking like you, just refreshed. We are here to help aid the aging process and highlight your features.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our injectors, Ashley Noeth, FNP-BC or Taylor Terveer, BSN-RN, you can call or text 618-307-6233. If you prefer we reach out to you, fill out a form here.