Botox & Fillers

Botox and Dermal Fillers at Willis Cosmetic Surgery in St. Louis, MO

What are botox & Fillers?

Botox is an FDA-approved purified protein which is injected into targeted muscles in the face. It temporarily blocks nerve signals that cause muscle movements — essentially relaxing the muscle — which reduces or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles.

Most of our wrinkles are caused by years of repetitive muscle movement (such as frowning or raising our eyebrows). Since Botox works by relaxing our facial muscles, wrinkles and fine lines are reduced. 

It is important to note that Botox cannot treat wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity. In cases where wrinkles aren’t caused by repetitive muscle movement, Dr. Willis might recommend a dermal filler instead. Fillers work by filling in lines and wrinkles with a gel made of hyaluronic acid, which feels like real tissue.

Botox can reduce:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
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Dermal Fillers

As mentioned before, wrinkles are a natural result of repetitive muscle movements, but also the loss of subcutaneous fat and facial muscle as we age. When we lose this fat and muscle, the facial muscles are closer to the skin so wrinkles become more apparent. Plus our facial skin stretches out as we age. Lotions and other skincare products can only do so much for these problems.

That’s where dermal fillers come in. Dermal fillers are smooth injectable gels made from naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is an incredible compound that helps rebuild our collagen and elastin – the building blocks of our skin. This leads to better skin structure, plumpness, and a more hydrated appearance.

Dermal fillers (also called wrinkle fillers) not only reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but also add volume to deficient areas and restore your face to a more natural, youthful look. They are also excellent at adding volume to lips, and can even improve the appearance of scars.

There are many benefits to dermal fillers, including:

  • Plump lips
  • Enhanced facial contours
  • Better skin volume and a more healthy “filled out” look
  • Softened wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improved appearance of scars
  • Much less expensive than plastic surgery

Difference Between Fillers and Botox

Fillers are quite different from cosmetic injections like Botox. Botox is mainly used on wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movements (like frowning or smiling). Whereas fillers are extremely effective for wrinkles caused by loss of subcutaneous fat & muscle, sun damage, and gravity. Botox is also more effective for the upper half of the face, while fillers are more effective for the lower half.



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Botox & Fillers

Botox is an FDA-approved purified protein that is injected into targeted muscles in the face. It temporarily blocks nerve signals that cause muscle movements — essentially relaxing the muscle — which reduces or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles.

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