Botox or Fillers? Which Treatment Is Right for Me

If you’re lucky enough to make it to a certain age, you might look in the mirror and realize that you’ve experienced some of the not-so-magical signs of aging. Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can affect your face and other parts of your body, leaving you looking older than you’d like. 

Fortunately, you’re not stuck with wrinkles and sagging skin. Zina Boutaeva, MD, and Igor G. Turok, MD, at Novo Aesthetics Medical Spa in Ridgefield and Wallingford, Connecticut, can help you get back some of what you’ve lost with several options that can restore your skin’s smoothness and firmness.

Depending on your signs of aging, we’ve got both Botox® and fillers. 

What does Botox do?

Botox is a revolutionary treatment that was cleared by the FDA in 2003. Made from a formula that includes botulinum toxin, the bacteria known for causing botulism, this injectable treatment has a global reputation for its power to halt the development of new wrinkles. 

Botox is gently injected just below your skin, and it goes to work paralyzing the muscles that are causing your deep wrinkles. Without the muscle contractions of squinting and furrowing your brow, your skin won’t wrinkle. 

You can use Botox in various places on your face: on the forehead, between your eyebrows, and on crow’s feet, which appear at the corners of your eyes. 

Botox isn’t just for women — nor is it anything new. As the top minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for years, Botox has a legacy for effectiveness, and Dr. Boutaeva and Dr. Turok are proud to offer it to eligible patients as part of their anti-aging routine. 

People who can benefit from Botox don’t have to be any particular age, so long as they’re over 18. 

What are fillers?

While Botox alleviates your wrinkles with a paralyzing agent, fillers have a different job — to smooth wrinkles, and to keep smoothing your skin over time. 

What sets Botox apart from fillers is their function. Botox stops wrinkles by stopping the muscles from exacerbating the issue, and fillers take the next step to repair these signs of aging. 

Fine lines and wrinkles appear on your face in part because of the breakdown of collagen, and your skin’s decreased production of it. Collagen is a protein made by our bodies that acts as a structural cement for our bones and many of our organs, including our skin. Fillers commonly contain agents that stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. 

While Botox needs to be maintained every 3-6 months, fillers can last for 12 months, or longer

How do I know which is right for me?

What’s right for you depends on the area of your face and what you’re trying to achieve. We help you with that question when you come in for your consultation with your provider. It’s common to use both Botox and fillers for long-term results. 

Whether you’re dealing with wrinkles or trying to hide fine lines, we’re ready to help you on your anti-aging journey. Call us today at 203-267-0823, or book an appointment with us online.

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