Before visiting one of our providers, you might have some questions or hesitations about injectables and fillers. This Q&A breaks down your most common questions about all the basics so that you can feel confident to make that consultation appointment.

Q: What’s the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

A: In short - Botox is used to stop creases and lines caused by facial expressions, aging, and daily life. Fillers are used to “fill in” or plump areas that have lost smoothness and volume. Not all wrinkles are the same, and neither are all injectables! There are many different injectable procedures, including Botox and Restylane, which can be used based on your desired results.

Q: Are injectables and dermal fillers safe?

A: Yes! Make sure to see a reputable doctor or provider. With your CosmeticPerks membership, we connect you with our network of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic providers, all of whom will provide you with safe treatment. Patients may experience side effects, however, these are usually mild and quickly dissipate.

Q: Can I get both Botox and dermal fillers?

A: Yes! Khongruk Wongkittiroch of ZROC Dermatology explains how the two can go hand-in-hand based on your needs: “I think Botox and fillers are a nice complement to each other because they both address different areas of aging, and used in combination we can really achieve that more youthful appearance and keep you looking that way for years to come.”

Q: How long will my results last?

A: Botox and botulinum toxin injections typically last from four to six months. Most dermal fillers last between nine and 12 months, depending upon the injection site and the patient. Members can discuss with a board-certified provider the best treatment plan to maintain their desired results over time. 

Q: Will my results appear natural?

A: Yes! Every treatment plan is customizable with your cosmetic provider based on your desired results. Your results with any injectable are as natural looking as you’d like them to be, and typically depend on a variety of factors including: age, lifestyle factors, existing skin type and conditions, amount of injectable used per treatment. Bertha Baum of Hollywood Dermatology shared with us her approach to injectables: “I tell patients I want to make them more beautiful but not change who they are. Also I try to be conservative while delivering results and especially with a new patient I always like to bring them back for a touch up and reassess their needs.” 

Q: How long does an average procedure take?

A: After your initial consultation, where you will discuss desired results and different injectable options with your cosmetic provider, most procedures can be performed in as little as 15 minutes and have minimal downtime. 

Q: What are the most common side effects?

A: Some of the most common side effects from injectables can include: bruising at the injection site, redness, swelling, itching, pain/tenderness, lumps/bumps, firmness, and discoloration. These are usually mild to moderate in nature and last for anywhere from a few hours to a few days following your procedure.