Should I Get Botox or Dermal Fillers? By Dr. Lombardi on February 02, 2021

The benefits of Botox have been known for quite some time as it is the most popular injectable. Injectables have always been a popular cosmetic option, but they are quickly on the rise. Botox and dermal fillers are some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments that provide amazing results for fine lines and wrinkles. However, most people often wonder if they should get Botox or dermal fillers as their differences aren’t widely known. Should you get Botox or dermal fillers?

Should I Get Botox or Dermal Fillers?

Below you will find information on which one that may be right for you.


Botox is an injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer that temporarily paralyzes the muscles where it is placed. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is a minimally invasive treatment that is safe and effective for treating fine lines around your eyes, on your forehead, and between your eyes. It’s important to note that Botox is the brand name of a specific botulinum neurotoxin. However, there are four FDA approved neurotoxins in the U.S. Botox in Tampa is the best option for fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

For the best results, you should get Botox every three to four months. However, if the muscles begin to train themselves to contract less, the time between treatments may be extended longer. So, the rule for where Botox should be used includes lines of expression. Below are the most common areas where Botox is used.

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Furrow lines (aka “11s”)
  • Crow’s feet

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are slightly more dynamic as they can include a variety of temporary and permanent materials. Unlike Botox, where the muscles are temporarily paralyzed, dermal fillers are used to fill lines. Within six months, your body will naturally break down the hyaluronic acid from your fillers. With that, it’s helpful to get touchups once or twice each year to maintain your desired aesthetic. Fillers are best for areas on your face where deep lines are present even when your facial muscles are not contracting. Below are some of the most common areas where fillers are used.

  • Sleep wrinkles
  • Nose correction
  • Laugh lines
  • Lip lines

Final Takeaways

One of the most commonly asked questions is whether or not Botox and dermal fillers can be used at the same time. They can and often are used to address different areas of your face at the same time. It is vital to get a board-certified dermatologist who is skilled in administering fillers. While issues with Botox are rare, some people do experience unwanted side effects if they are not properly administered. If you get Botox or dermal fillers and experience a crooked smile, eye dryness, drooling, or a drooping eyelid that is not normal. However, you will likely experience some bruising and possible pain at the injection site.

One of the best aspects of both Botox and dermal fillers is that they are temporary. You’ll need to keep up with them if you like how they help achieve your desired aesthetic. However, they are not permanent as compared to many other cosmetic procedures.

Cosmetic Dermatologist in Tampa

If you are considering Botox or dermal fillers for your fine lines and wrinkles, contact Dr. Milan Lombardi at Lombardi Institute of Dermatology. Dr. Lombardi has been working with patients for years, helping them with various skin and dermatological issues, including fines lines and wrinkles. Dr. Lombardi and his team focus on addressing your concerns and providing you with the most effective treatment options. Botox and fillers are effective cosmetic treatments that have helped numerous patient’s skin look and feel years younger. Contact the best cosmetic dermatologist in Tampa today for a consultation!

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