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What Are Facial Fillers?

Injectable facial fillers have grown in popularity in recent years, and are often the go-to treatment option for rejuvenating facial imperfections. Many choose fillers in order to avoid the pain, expense, and long recovery time that is associated with a traditional, surgical facelift. Some of the most popular facial fillers include:


Sculptra is one form of injectable filler that can help restore facial volume that has been reduced due to aging or certain illnesses. The injected substance helps stimulate your skin’s collagen production and results in a more youthful appearance.


Bellafill stimulates long-term collagen growth to help revert back to a more youthful appearance that can last for up to 5 years after treatment.


Another injectable filler solution called Radiesse is used by dermatologists to help people who want to plump wrinkles and folds in the face. Similar to other injected facial fillers, Radiesse also helps the body stimulate collagen production for a more youthful appearance.


Juvederm has a collection of dermal facial fillers that are made from a gel substance. This line of products helps people who want to restore facial volume and improve the look of their skin. Their various products target different facial areas and cosmetic problems.

When Will I See Results of Dermal Fillers?

The great thing about choosing a dermal filler for facial rejuvenation is that they work instantly and results can be seen right away. Most people notice the results of a filler injection immediately after the first treatment, however, improvements to the skin will continue over the next few weeks. For most, full results are seen within 1 month of treatment.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

Each filler option is slightly different, so the results can vary. Not only that, but every person’s skin reacts differently to the treatment. For many people, the effects from a facial filler treatment last around 6 months and treatments can be repeated. But, for some fillers, the effects could last for years. Ask your doctor about what you can expect for your filler treatment.

Botox vs. Other Dermal Fillers

Botox and filler treatments are both cosmetic procedures that are injected into the face during a short office visit. They are both minimally invasive and are great solutions for those who would like to avoid surgery. The key differences between the two treatment types are found below.

Do Botox and fillers work the same way?

  • Botox paralyzes the facial muscles in order to relax the face and give a smoother, younger look.
  • Dermal fillers are made of solutions that “plump” the facial area in order to smooth wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance.

Does Botox last longer than fillers?

  • Botoxresults last around 3-4 months.
  • Dermal fillers last between 6 months and years (with large variances depending on which product is used)

How Botox Works

Botox works by freezing the facial muscles, which reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. The most common problems that may be improved with Botox treatment include:

  • Eyebrow drooping
  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines in the forehead (Glabellar lines)
  • Smile lines beside the lips
  • Chin dimples

When Will I See Results From Botox?

Some patients will notice the effects of Botox begin to appear immediately, but the full effects of the treatment will not be seen until 3-7 days following treatment.

How Much Botox Is Needed For Best Results?

Many people are confused about how much Botox is right for them. Every person is unique and has different needs due to varying skin types, dermatological concerns, treatment goals, budgets, and the exact muscle that needs the injection.

What To Avoid After Botox Injections

Here are some things to avoid right after you’ve had Botox injections:

  1. Avoid touching your skin
  2. Avoid exercise
  3. Avoid consuming alcohol in excess
  4. Avoid other facial treatments for at least a few days
  5. Avoid blood-thinning medications

Can I Wear Makeup After Botox Injections?

While it’s best to avoid touching your skin right after having Botox treatments, gently applying makeup following your treatment may be OK. Check with your doctor to be sure, and make sure you do not push or massage the areas that were treated.

Potential Side Effects of Botox

Some of the potential side effects of Botox include the following:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Blurred vision
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Voice changes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes

Is Botox Painful?

In general, Botox is a simple treatment that can be done during an in-office visit at your local dermatologist’s office. For most, the procedure causes only slight discomfort and is manageable using a topical anesthetic or an ice pack. The injection itself is done using a very small needle, so if you do not usually feel pain from a shot, you will likely feel minimal pain during the Botox injection. If you are worried about pain during Botox injections, speak with your dermatologist about whether it’s possible to apply a numbing cream before the treatment.

Schedule Your Fillers Consultation Today!

If you are interested in Botox treatment filler treatment & more, visit the Florida Academic Dermatology Center, a dermatology and research clinic dedicated to offering the best cosmetic facial treatment options. Our state-of-the-art facility provides compassionate medical care using world-class, cutting-edge treatments. Call us today at 1-(305)-324-2110 or contact us here to request an appointment.

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