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Can I Get Botox® and Fillers at the Same Time?

Can I Get Botox® and Fillers at the Same Time?

If you’re bothered by the visible signs of aging, you’re not alone. Cosmetic procedures are big business in the United States, generating $11.8 billion in 2022 alone.

And not all procedures are surgical. At Med Physique Center for Aesthetics, our team of master aestheticians offers numerous minimally invasive options to reinvigorate your features and make you feel like a younger you.

If you’re at the beginning of your aging journey, you may want to use Botox® and dermal fillers rather than an invasive procedure to address fine lines, wrinkles, and mild-to-moderate creases and folds. But we get asked a lot — can you combine them into a single treatment session? No problem.

Collagen, elastin, and dynamic vs. static wrinkles

When you think about taut and glowing skin, you generally think about the way it looks on children. There’s a reason for this. When we’re young, our bodies churn out large amounts of two structural proteins: collagen and elastin. These proteins give our skin its tone and resilience. When we reach our mid-20s, though, our bodies ramp down production, losing about 1% of our stores each year.

Without the proteins to support it, the skin begins to sag, and fine lines and wrinkles spread across your face and around your eyes, which may make you feel old. These wrinkles, which form from loss of volume, are called “static” wrinkles.

Your skin wrinkles in another way, too. Every time you make an expression, such as smiling, raising your eyebrows, or pursing your lips, the underlying muscles contract, dragging the skin along with them. Your skin becomes less resilient after many years of making the same expressions. It takes longer to snap back into position until it finally can’t. The wrinkles that form from muscle contractions are called “dynamic” wrinkles.

Botox and its uses

Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is an injectable drug made from purified botulinum toxin. It’s derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, naturally found in soil and water, and is best known for causing food poisoning. In April 2002, the FDA first approved its use for cosmetic procedures, initially for treating brow furrows, or glabellar lines, in adults 65 and younger.

Today, Botox is used cosmetically to treat dynamic wrinkles. It works by preventing nerves from signaling the muscles to contract, thereby paralyzing them. Without contractions, you don’t get skin pulling; your face relaxes, and the lines and wrinkles smooth out.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAOS) indicates that most people see noticeable effects within a week of their treatment. There’s no downtime associated with it, and any side effects are minimal and dissipate quickly. Results last 3-4 months for most people, at which time they can come back for another treatment.

What Botox can’t fix are wrinkles caused by the breakdown of collagen and elastin and the resulting sags and hollows that it creates. Those are the domain of dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers and their uses

Dermal fillers treat static wrinkles caused by collagen loss and wrinkles from areas that lose fat deposits with age. This includes the lips, cheeks, and hands.

Fillers were introduced in the 1970s, but they weren’t anything like today’s products. One of the first fillers was made from bovine collagen, but because the human body considers it a foreign substance, it produced allergic reactions. Other problems included extensive swelling and short-lasting results.

It wasn’t until the early 2000s that the FDA approved the use of fillers made from synthetic materials. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a molecule found naturally and abundantly in our bodies, especially in the skin, where it binds moisture. These HA products were safer and lasted longer than collagen fillers (about 6-12 months); they quickly became the go-to choices. The first HA filler was Restylane®, followed by Juvéderm®.

Restylane is both biocompatible and biodegradable. Because it attracts and binds moisture within the skin, it gives it a fuller and softer look. It also fills in the spaces left by dwindling supplies of collagen and elastin fibers and evens skin tone.

Juvéderm has a full line of products, each formulated for a specific area of the face and hands to reduce the appearance of aging.

Can I get Botox and fillers at the same time?

Absolutely. The wonderful thing about these two cosmetic treatments is they work well together, and neither interferes with the other. Getting both treatments done at the same time means less time scheduling appointments and more time living your life with a face you’re happy to show.

If you’d like to learn more about how Botox and dermal fillers can help you, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our aestheticians, give us a call or book online with us today.

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