Both Botox® and dermal fillers are types of injectable therapies performed to reduce or eliminate fine lines, minor wrinkles, and other signs of aging without surgery. However, their fundamental chemical differences affect how they can be used and where they are administered on the face and neck.

The Best Injectables at Healy Plastic Surgery

At Healy Plastic Surgery in Hawaii, we are proud to offer a variety of injectables to suit our patients’ many cosmetic goals. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeff Healy, our expert injectors are well-versed in our impressive line of dermal fillers and neuromodulators (like Botox®). 

Your initial consultation is the perfect time to determine the degree and type of symptoms you have. These details, along with your aesthetic objectives, allergies, and medical history, will help us decide if a surgical or non-surgical approach is right for you. If you are a candidate for one or more injectable therapies, we will then provide specific information relevant to your customized treatment plan.

 

How Are Dermal Fillers Used?

Dermal fillers allow us to create smoother and fuller skin by correcting wrinkles and lines as well as adding volume to certain features, such as the cheeks, lips, and other parts of the middle and lower face. Additionally, fillers are often highly beneficial in reducing conditions like nasolabial folds (the lines running from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines (from the corner of the mouth down to the chin).

At our practice, we offer three main categories of dermal fillers:

  • Hyaluronic acid (HA) – HA is a substance that is already found in your body and attracts water molecules. Injected underneath the skin, HA absorbs the surrounding water for nearly instant volume improvements and smoother, hydrated skin. We offer the Juvederm® and Restylane® suites of hyaluronic acid fillers.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – Sculptra®, our PLLA of choice, is a collagen stimulator used to reduce midface wrinkles and folds. It enables gradual but long-lasting results.
  • Calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) – CaHA microspheres act like a scaffold, lifting up the skin while stimulating collagen production. Radiesse® is thus used to produce both short-term and long-term anti-aging effects. 

 

How Is Botox® Used?

While neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® are also quite useful when it comes to treating facial wrinkles, they work very differently from dermal fillers. Neuromodulators usually contain botulinum toxin type A as their primary ingredient. When injected into specific muscles, neuromodulators temporarily inhibit their ability to contract. 

This process allows the skin above the muscles to relax, helping to alleviate dynamic wrinkles like forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and vertical neck banding.

 

Can I Combine Injectables?

Many patients have enjoyed the incredible benefits of receiving neuromodulator therapy and dermal fillers during the same appointment. Two different types of injectables would not typically be administered in exactly the same location at the same time.

 

Facial Rejuvenation Without Surgery

It’s important to have options with injectable treatments, especially dermal fillers, Botox®, and other neuromodulators. To learn more about injectables in Hawaii, contact Healy Plastic Surgery today!