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Fillers or Injectables? What is the difference? And which one is right for me?

There are two types of minimally invasive facial rejuvenation options that are offered at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery that do not require a surgical procedure—filler or injectables. But what is the difference? And which one is right for you?

Identifying what type of wrinkle you are trying to correct is the first step towards choosing between fillers and injectables.

Static Wrinkles can be categorized by the way they are formed, which is through gravity and folding skin. This type of wrinkle is best treated by using fillers.

Juvederm, Restylane and Prevelle are all fillers and are offered here at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery. Each has a different rate for duration—and are typically used for the best results to smooth out deep lines and groves of the face; such as laugh lines, lip stick lines, crow’s feet, and marionette lines. You can also fill in the creases under the eyelids. They work especially well for lip augmentation.

Dynamic wrinkles are the lines that form over time from your muscles contracting, the most common dynamic wrinkles are found across the top of the forehead, between the eyebrows and on the sides of the eyes. Most women would refer to their dynamic wrinkles as their “frown lines” and their “crows feet.”

Injections are what best treat dynamic wrinkles, for this we typically recommend Botox. Botox temporarily stops the muscles from contracting and smoothes out the lines and creases that are formed through facial expressions. It also has an added bonus of creating a slight brow lift when injected on the forehead lines, creating a youthful appearance by taking away wrinkles and widening the look of the eyes. (It can also stop you from sweating! Call and ask me about our underarm treatment!)

The procedures of injections and filler are both simple, quick, and painless! We give you an ice pack on the area to be treated prior to the injection, and in the case of the fillers sometimes a small amount of topical and or local anesthesia. Now, I don’t know anyone who likes needles, but I also don’t know anyone who likes wrinkles!