Beginner’s Guide to Botox and Injectables

Posted March 03, 2021 in Injectables

If there’s one trend that has only grown in popularity, it’s non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Injectables are one quick and easy way to achieve your cosmetic goals without downtime or hassle. If you’re considering dipping your toes into the cosmetic treatment industry, it can feel overwhelming looking at your options. Fortunately, injectables are a great place to start! Here’s what to know about the different types and how they can help.

What Are the Benefits of Injectables?

Injectables can be a great alternative to cosmetic surgery. Firstly, not everyone is able to undergo surgery or even ready for it! If you’re only seeing beginning signs of aging, then non-surgical treatments can often be enough to achieve your cosmetic goals. Secondly, injectables come with virtually no downtime so you can get right back to your regular schedule. Finally, injectables come in a variety of forms and brands, meaning you can enjoy a customized treatment plan with the options that suit you best.

What is Botox®?

If there’s one injectable you’ve probably heard of, it’s Botox®. That’s because it continues to be one of the most popular non-surgical treatments each year. This injectable treatment is considered a neuromodulator, meaning it blocks chemical signals from the brain to the muscles. Normally, these signals cause movement. With Botox in place, it can relax tense muscles and prevent further formation of wrinkles that are caused by movement (called dynamic wrinkles). Botox lasts for three to six months and works best in areas like the forehead or crow’s feet, making it a great option for exploring your cosmetic goals before you commit to other treatment options.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are made with ingredients like hyaluronic acid gel that can effectively restore volume to areas where you have wrinkles, folds, or hollowness. They can also be used to augment areas that are naturally thin or lacking volume, like the lips, chin, or cheeks. One of the greatest benefits of dermal fillers is that they can last for a year or more, depending on the type and brand. They can also achieve a subtle, natural look with the right customized treatment plan.

Which One is Best for Me?

The great thing about non-surgical treatments and injectables is that you can often benefit from a combination approach. Dermal fillers and Botox can often work in tandem for a comprehensive way to address aging signs with multiple causes. However, if you’re looking for a specific treatment package, then a general rule of thumb is that Botox is best for wrinkles caused by movement and facial expressions in the upper face, while dermal fillers are best for wrinkles caused by a loss of volume in the mid and lower face. During a consultation with your facial plastic surgeon and injector, you’ll discuss the best options for your unique concerns. Check out Dr. Gilpin’s before and after photos here.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about your options for injectable treatments is by meeting with our team. To get started, we invite you to contact our Nashville office by calling or filling out our online form.

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