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Botox or Dermal Filler- Which Injectable is Right for Me

A cosmetic surgeon has treatments at his or her disposal to improve your appearance without you having to undergo an actual surgery. Cosmetic surgeons have been using injectables for the past several years to reduce the effects of aging and leave patients looking younger. If you are interested in pursuing cosmetic treatment to improve your appearance, you may have looked into injectables and wondered which procedure is right for you. Your expert Redwood City cosmetic surgeons at GLOW Surgical Arts have compiled this guide to Botox and dermal fillers.


If you are looking for a way to reverse signs of aging and rejuvenate the appearance of your face without undergoing cosmetic surgery, then a Botox treatment could be perfect for you. Botox is what is known as an injectable neuromodulator; that means it reduces the prominence of fine lines and facial wrinkles, making your skin look smooth and youthful.

What is Botox and how does it work?: The active ingredient in Botox is a purified protein neurotoxin. Administered in the form of an injection to the face, Botox essentially causes temporary weakening of the targeted facial muscles. When these muscles are weakened, they are unable to contract, and the contraction of facial muscles is what causes wrinkles to develop.

What aesthetic issues can Botox treat?: A Botox treatment can reduce or remove entirely the appearance of crow's feet, frown lines, wrinkles, forehead lines, upper lip lines, bunny lines, or a dimpled chin. Botox works best on patients who would like to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles ranging from moderate to severe. A successful Botox treatment typically lasts four to six months.

Dermal fillers

Your skin naturally loses volume as you age because of the deterioration of collagen and elastin—two proteins that play a vital role in skin health. A dermal filler restores lost volume, while also smoothing skin and making wrinkles in the target area less prominent.

How does a dermal filler treatment work? Just like Botox, a dermal filler is injected. However, instead of weakening muscles, the dermal filler literally adds plumpness to the target area. Popular treatment areas with a dermal filler are the lips or areas of the face that look hollow. At GLOW Surgical Arts, we also have a specific lip enhancement procedure, which involves administering a dermal filler to add shape and volume to the lips.

What dermal fillers are available at GLOW Surgical Arts? Our range of options in dermal fillers include Radiesse and Restylane and Juvederm products. You should consult with one of our cosmetic surgeons to determine which type of dermal filler is right for you.

Turn back the clock through non-surgical injectable treatments.

At GLOW Surgical Arts, our cosmetic surgeons Dr. Renee Marshall and Dr. Paul Gorman have more than two decades of experience working with injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers. All of our injectable products can be administered with no downtime, meaning you can resume your normal routine right away. Learn more about Botox, dermal fillers, or any of the other ways that the team at GLOW Surgical Arts can turn back the clock and restore a more youthful-looking appearance by calling (650) 241-2209.

GLOW Surgical Arts provides state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery services to patients in Redwood City and throughout the Bay Area of California.