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MidAmerica Plastic Surgery: Ryan Diederich, MD
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-7855
Monday & Wednesday: 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.


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The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 307-6233
Monday–Tuesday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Difference Between Botox and Filler

At The Spa at Midamerica, we often hear men and women say that they want filler to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles. For us, we see this as an educational opportunity to explain the major differences between neuromodulators (Botox/Dysport/Xeomin/Jeuveau) and filler and where you’d use them.

What are neuromodulators?

Neuromodulators are injected into facial muscles to relax and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It will not add any volume, it will just smooth the lines. The results will fully kick in after 14 days and last for 3 to 4 months, depending on the patient. Although bruising and swelling is always a risk, it rarely happens with this procedure. The appointment is quick and efficient, lasting only about 15 minutes. Many stop by on their lunch break and go about their day! You will have a few small bumps immediately after injection, but will go away after 10-15 minutes.

As previously mentioned, there are now 4 neuromodulators, Botox/Dysport/Xeomin/Jeuveau. Each product will give the same desired result and the difference is typically just patient preference. The products are often compared to Coke and Pepsi. Of course you have a preference, but they are essentially the same thing.

Where are neuromodulators injected?

This product is typically used in the forehead, glabella (elevens), crow’s feet, bunny lines, chin, above the upper lip, and more.

What is filler?

Filler is used to restore volume loss or to build facial volume. Results will appear immediately; however, it is more common to slightly swell and occasionally bruise. Swelling and bruising typically lasts 2-5 days. Duration of the results will range depending on where the filler is injected and the mobility of that area. Appointments last approximately 45 minutes.

What are fillers injected?

Filler is commonly used in the lips, cheeks, smile lines, temples, and deep facial lines on the lower face. It can also be used in other areas of the face, but never in the forehead for facial lines due to risk of adverse events.

If you are interested in learning more about these procedures, give our office a call at 618-307-6233 or fill out the form here for someone in our office to contact you. Learn more about our injectors here!

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