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Botox or Fillers: Which is Right for You?

Forget outrageously priced creams and oils that don’t seem to work or going under the knife for cosmetic surgery to lift your face, browline, and more. You can enjoy a smoother, younger-looking face with the help of minimally invasive injectables.

At IVY Infusions — a medical spa, aesthetics, and wellness center located in Greenwich, Connecticut — Sasha N. Beatty, MSN, FNP-C, delivers state-of-the-art care and cosmetic adjustment using Botox® and dermal fillers. These two types of injectables work differently to provide beautiful results. How do you know which of these options is right for you?


Botox is derived from a safe extraction made from botulinum toxin. In the 1970s, scientists discovered that this toxin could help treat crossed eyes by relaxing tiny muscles that pulled them out of alignment. Researchers soon discovered that small doses could also be used to safely and temporarily paralyze facial muscles that contract, causing fine lines and wrinkles. 

Botox is the ideal option for smoothing out dynamic wrinkles — those caused by muscle contraction. These include forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet around your eyes, and frown lines. The injections are performed along the length of each line or wrinkle using a very tiny needle, and the results can last up to a few months before you’ll need a refresher.

When performed by a talented professional in a hygienic clinic, this process is safe and effective. There’s no downtime, and typically the worst side effects are only a little swelling, redness, or bruising that goes away quickly.

Dermal fillers

Unlike Botox, which relaxes facial muscles to alleviate fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers restore lost volume under the skin by literally filling in wrinkles and lines, even deep ones. Most fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which occurs naturally in the body and can be safely injected. 

The filler smooths out lines and wrinkles and can make your face look fresher and fuller. Like Botox, fillers eventually lose their effectiveness as the HA absorbs into your body and is carried away by your lymphatic system as natural waste.

Fillers can address certain lines and wrinkles Botox doesn’t affect, such as static wrinkles caused by aging, sun, and smoking or facial folds caused by aging and gravity.

Choose one or both options

Depending on the types of wrinkles and lines you want to address, we can help you decide whether Botox or fillers are right for you. Again, you want a skilled, experienced provider to administer your choice of injectable for safety and to ensure best results.

Whether you go with Botox, dermal fillers, or a combination of both, you’re bound to love the results. Give IVY Infusions a call at 203-397-6865 or schedule an appointment online.

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