The Difference Between Injectable Wrinkle Reducers & Filler

After reading a lot of information although the two are often used in conjunction with one another the similarities basically start and end with both substances being administered via syringe and both having a limited life span, they are temporary. One reason people confuse the two may be because most people that use one use both.


According to Spotlyte by Allergan (sophie wirt) injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet; they should not be used more frequently than every three months. Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects.


What are injectable wrinkle reducers?

Injectable wrinkle reducers are used to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face. According to San Francisco-based dermatologist Dr. Vic Narurkar, neuromodulators (i.e. injectable wrinkle reducers) work by reducing the muscle activity behind certain facial expressions. For this reason, injectable wrinkle reducers are administered to the areas where you tend to squint or furrow most. Specifically: in between the eyebrows (the elevens), crow’s feet, and the forehead.


Dr. Narurkar explains that repeated contraction of these muscles is often what creates wrinkles. By reducing the muscle activity that contributes to the lines, the lines are less prominent. Like any medical treatment, injectable wrinkle reducers have potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a doctor to see if they’re right for you.


What are injectable fillers?

Fillers, on the other hand, are intended to address age-related volume loss, Dr. Narurkar notes.  “As we age, we lose facial fat in numerous areas, including the upper lip and mid [cheek]” he explains. To temporarily restore volume, filler can be injected into lips, cheeks, and deep lines around the mouth (often dubbed “marionette lines”). There are multiple options for injectable filler, so it’s a good idea to discuss which is right for you during the pre-treatment consultation.


How do I know which injectable treatment is right for me?

At Allure Medspa we ask that you do a consultation prior to getting wrinkle reducers and/or filler. Our injectors are Registered Nurse's trained by Allergan® and together they have years of injecting experience. I say, when it comes to your face, BOTH wrinkle reducers and filler, experience matters!


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