What’s the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Botox is a medication that is injected into the facial muscles to prevent wrinkles from forming—such as crow’s feet.

Fillers are substances that are injected in certain facial areas to add volume. For example, adding volume to lips is a common use.

Some of the fillers that we provide at Peach are Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm. Temporary fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the person and injection area.

What if a patient changes their mind?

One of the benefits of choosing temporary fillers is that a simple solution called hyaluronidase is injected into the site and the fillers will be eliminated. Permanent fillers require a small incision in order to be removed.

Botox is almost as easy to reverse, with the effects wearing off after a few months. If you wish to go back to the way you looked before, all you have to do is stop receiving Botox injections.

Why you should always get Botox and fillers that come directly from the manufacturer

The FDA has just sent out warnings to providers about buying Botox and Juvederm from sources other than U.S. approved agencies. Receiving these products from sources other than FDA approved sources compromise a patient’s safety because there is no way to verify if the product you are receiving is safe.

If you are unsure that the Botox or Juvederm you are receiving from your provider is safe, it is always important to ask as many questions as you can to ensure your safety. The following are a few points that you can bring up to ensure that your product is directly from Allergan.

Ask your provider who their supplier is

Your provider should not have any problem disclosing where they get their Botox or Juvederm. If the provider does not want to disclose that information, then that might be a sign that there is something wrong.

Ask to see the packaging

The packaging can be different if Botox is purchased from a non-FDA approved source. The following is a picture of the packaging of the Botox that our clinic purchases directly from Allergan (the manufacturer and FDA approved agency).

Check to see if your provider is listed on the official Botox website

If your provider purchases their Botox directly from Allergan, then they should be listed on their website. Just search by zip code to find your provider!

Safety is always first and and if there is ever a doubt in your mind, it is always best to ask. At Peach we pride ourselves on transparency, and we encourage all of our patients to ask as many questions as possible.

It’s important to feel comfortable that you’re both choosing the right treatment and the right provider, so let us know if you feel uneasy or unsure about something!

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