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Sometimes patients come in and know they want some kind of non-surgical rejuvenation, and they have heard of Botox, but they are not really sure what it does.  Here are some details on Botox and fillers:

Fillers target lines, wrinkles, and volume loss by filling in the areas, unlike Botox, which works by relaxing muscles.  Botox cannot fill in any lines or wrinkles, or areas of volume loss. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that pull on skin and cause lines and wrinkle to form.

In general, the areas that respond the best to Botox are located in the upper one third of the face—this includes the lines around the eyes, the lines between the eyebrows, and the lines on the forehead. Fillers work best for areas in the middle and lower third of the face.

What are some signs that you’re a candidate for fillers?

-a noticeable deepending of the nasolabial folds (these are the deep lines that form next to your mouth, aka marionette lines).

– If you notice your once-prominent cheekbones deflating, especially when you look at your face at an angle, fillers can help.

Or, if you’re young/lucky/both and don’t have deepening lines or a deflating cheekbones, some younger people still get fillers for a surprising reason: to improve their bone structure. It’s a softer (and temporary) way to change the shape of the nose, or augment the cheekbones, jaw, or chin.

Depending on the filler used, the results can last from six months to up to two years.

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