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BOTOX® vs. Dermal Fillers: Which is Right for You?

When it comes to rejuvenating your appearance, innovations in modern cosmetic care have made it
easy for men and women to look younger and feel more confident without having to turn to cosmetic
surgery. Of the available non-surgical options, BOTOX® and dermal fillers remain among the most popular
solutions and have helped countless patients recreate their more useful appearance.
However, choosing the right solution can be a challenge. If you’re weighing your options between BOTOX®
and dermal injectables, here’s what you need to know.

What’s the difference?

While BOTOX® and dermal fillers both aim to help patients look younger, each offer very different methods
to address the signs of aging.

As a neurotoxin-based treatment, BOTOX® is uniquely able to block nerve receptors in targeted muscles.
This allows the treatment to temporarily stop wrinkles from developing and deepening, ultimately
smoothing out these unwanted lines. In contrast, dermal fillers use injected gel-like substance to create
volume in areas where slowing collagen production and damage has diminished an individual’s full,
youthful appearance. This volume-enhancing injection can be made from a variety of substances,
although some of the more popular and best known options are developed from hyaluronic acid – a
naturally occurring substance in skin.

The difference in formula also translates into a difference in results. Whereas BOTOX® looks to smooth
wrinkles and fine lines by restricting muscle movement, dermal fillers add volume to sinking facial

If you have…

Aging affects each individual differently. While some may see fine lines and wrinkles are causing them to look older than their years, others may see aging as sagging cheeks and thinning lips. During your consultation, Madison, CT dermatologist will evaluate your appearance to identify how aging is affecting your appearance and will then make a recommendation for the right cosmetic treatment. Which treatment you’ll be recommended depends on your primary concern.

Diminishing facial volume

Diminishing collagen production is a natural part of getting older but can significantly transform an individual’s appearance. Areas like the lips and cheeks are especially vulnerable to this common sign of aging. For these patients, dermal fillers can be an effective treatment solution by adding much needed volume without appearing cartoonish. Over the years, many of the leading brands like Juvéderm® and Restylane® have developed a full suite of dermal filler options, each tailored to meet the varying needs of different facial features. As a result, patients also have more choice in their desired formula and application options.

Crows’ feet or lines between the eyebrows

While wrinkles may start out barely perceptible, they can quickly deepen to become a dominating facial feature. Common ones like crows’ feet and “elevens” (lines between the eyebrows) typically develop as a result of continued muscle movement, which combined with diminishing collagen production causes these lines to deepen into creases.

In these instances, temporarily freezing muscle movement with BOTOX® is the best way to prevent these wrinkles from worsening. As the injections last anywhere from three to six months, the results are not permanent, allowing patients to gradually adjust injections sites in a way that slows wrinkle development without risking the frozen appearance.

Combination of Wrinkles and Thinning Facial Features

For some, the signs of aging can appear almost simultaneously. For these individuals, it can be almost impossible to prioritize one concern over another. At Aria DermSpa, our experienced dermatologist may recommend combination treatment for a fully rejuvenated yet natural looking appearance. In this scenario, wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement may be initially treated with BOTOX® or a similar neurotoxin treatment. Follow-up treatment with dermal fillers is then completed to add volume to areas like the cheeks, below the eyes and the lips.

Ready? Schedule your consultation today!

With options like dermal fillers and BOTOX®, it’s never been easier for patients to rejuvenate their appearance. At Aria DermSpa, our team is committed to helping all individuals regain lost confidence in their looks through tailored cosmetic treatments. To learn more about the advantages that come with anti-aging treatments like BOTOX® and dermal fillers, call (203) 421-6674 today and schedule your consultation with our specialist today!



BOTOX® or Fillers? Why Not All Injectables Are the Same

If you’re interested in addressing signs of aging such as expression lines, loss of volume in the cheeks or lips, or smoothing out wrinkles, it’s likely you’ve considered BOTOX® or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® or Radiesse®. While both BOTOX® and dermal fillers can be injected in your dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s offices, are non-invasive, and require little if any recovery time, they are quite different. Here is what you need to know about the difference between the two treatments so you can decide which is better for your unique needs

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX®, a purified form of the botulinum toxin obtained from bacteria, has been safely used for decades to correct wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements such as smiling, frowning, or furrowing the eyebrows. This injectable works by blocking nerve signals in muscles it is injected into, temporarily paralyzing them. When done correctly, BOTOX® does not cause the dreaded ‘frozen face’ that some have come to associate with it and instead results in a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to add volume and fullness to areas that have lost volume due to genetics, aging, or extreme weight loss. Dermal fillers can be made of a number of different substances, but the most popular and effective usually make use of hyaluronic acid, which draws in moistures and adds plumpness to the skin. Dermal fillers are most often injected into the cheek or jaw area or into the lips to add or restore volume. While they can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles due to their plumping nature, they do not work on the muscles to prevent the expressions that form these wrinkles.

How are BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers Different?

Both BOTOX® and dermal fillers are temporary, safe, and non-invasive methods of providing patients with a younger, more vibrant appearance. While the effects of BOTOX® gradually wear off, the substances used in dermal fillers are safely absorbed by the body over time. There is no downtime with either type of injectable and recovery usually involves only minor swelling or irritation at the injection sites. Most patients who get BOTOX® or dermal fillers are in and out of the office within an hour or two and experience no disruption of their normal schedules.

Both treatments can help patients achieve a younger, more rested appearance, but they do so in different ways. While BOTOX® works primarily by freezing muscle movements that lead to fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are meant to fill in areas that have lost volume or fullness. BOTOX® is most often used between the eyebrows, around the mouth, and around the eyes. Dermal fillers are usually used in the lips, cheeks, and around the mouth area.

The amount of time that BOTOX® and dermal fillers last also differs. While BOTOX® injections may need to be performed every three or four months to maintain results, some fillers can last two years or longer.

How Can You Choose Between BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers?

Whether you choose a BOTOX® or dermal filler treatment depends primarily on your areas of concern and the results you want from your treatment. If the main areas you want to treat are caused by repeated facial expressions and you do not have loss of volume, BOTOX® is probably the right option. However, if you feel your lips have thinned, there are hollows in your cheeks or under your eyes, or that your face has lost some of its contour, a dermal filler is likely the right choice. In many cases, combining BOTOX® with a dermal filler can provide comprehensive results that patients love. These can be used together in what is often referred to as a ‘liquid facelift’ and is appropriate for those who want to address several signs of aging at one time.

Scheduling a Consultation with a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

The best way to determine if BOTOX®, dermal fillers, or both are right for you is to schedule a consultation with the knowledgeable staff at Aria Dermatology and Aesthetic Center. During your consultation, a team member will be able to examine your skin, find out what results you hope for, and further explain the differences between the injectables they offer. This will help you make the right decision that will produce results you will love! Schedule your consultation today to learn more.




























What’s Your New Years Resolution? BOTOX® at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center in Madison, CT

2018 is finally upon us, and that means its time to choose a New Years Resolution. Will this be the year you remodel the bathroom? The year you learn to play guitar or get that promotion? We can’t help you with any of that, but we can help you make 2018 a year of beauty and confidence.

With BOTOX® or Dysport® treatments at Aria DermSpa, we can dramatically reduce the appearance of signs of aging on your face, including crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and lines between the eyes.

You should keep in mind that injectable treatments require a level of finesse and attention to detail that should only be trusted to a highly trained physician with a proven track record. For this reason, it’s important to put a lot of thought and consideration into the doctor you choose. After all, why trust your face to just anyone?

Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio, is a renowned expert in injectable treatments. In fact, New York Times Magazine has even recognized Dr. Donofrio as the “Best Physician for Injectables”. Our minimally invasive no “down time” technique allows for subtle improvements across the face, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and forehead. During your consultation, we will be happy to walk you through the entire procedure from the comfort of our Madison office and detail exactly what kind of results you can expect from the treatment.

Meet Dr. Donofrio today! Call 203.421.6674 and schedule a consultation.

The 30-Minute Facelift Alternative Is Here! New Haven County, CT

If there was a treatment that could take years off your appearance without surgery or lengthy downtime, would you consider it? Turns out, there’s a bunch of them! From BOTOX® to skin resurfacing treatments, we offer a leading selection of anti-aging treatments at Aria DermSpa. One of our most recent additions is Silhouette InstaLift™, a non-surgical alternative to facelifts. InstaLift can smooth away lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate your face and neck contours in about as much time as it takes to watch your favorite TV show.

FDA-approved InstaLift truly lives up to its name, providing almost instant benefits. After we insert dissolvable sutures under your skin, called “cones,” you’ll start noticing an uplift and tightening to the contours of your face within about 30 minutes. Because these cones stimulate new collagen growth, you’ll enjoy continued improvement for months.

For such a small time-investment, InstaLift can accomplish quite a lot, diminishing smile lines around the mouth, smoothing wrinkles on the neck, and reducing jowls along the jawline for up to two years per treatment.

to be uplifted this summer? To schedule your InstaLift consultation, call us at 203.421.6674 or fill out our contact form today.

Millennials Love Injectables! New Haven County, CT

Something exciting is happening in the world of BOTOX® and other injectables. More popular than ever, these efficient and effective anti-aging treatments are gaining momentum among the younger set as preventive treatments. Rather than waiting for lines and wrinkles to form, millennials are pro-actively seeking injectable treatments to stave off lines and wrinkles and delay the aging process entirely. Brilliant, right?

Of course, we know first-hand at Aria DermSpa that injectables work amazingly well for men and women of all ages. After all, injectables are an equal-opportunity treatment, working wonders for any and all wrinkles—young, old, or not yet formed! Aria DermSpa expertly administers a wide selection of injectables, including BOTOX®Dysport®, Xeomin®Restylane®Juvéderm®, and Volbella®, to diminish many signs of aging and thoroughly rejuvenate the skin.

If you’re interested in erasing forehead lines, glabellar lines, and crow’s feet, BOTOX®Dysport, and Xeomin® are ideal options. They work by relaxing the muscles underlying wrinkles. Dermal fillers, such as Restylane® and Volbella, use naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid to help fill hollow areas and add volume to the cheeks, lips, and mouth areas. Dermal fillers also do double duty by smoothing away lines, wrinkles, and folds.

Getting in on anti-aging trends is easy at Aria DermSpa! To learn more about injectables and which treatments are perfect for you, call us today at 203.421.6674 to schedule your consultation.

The Fountain of Youth: The Liquid Facelift in Madison at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center

Well, it’s not really a fountain, but it might as well be! The fact that you can shave years off your appearance without undergoing any invasive surgery or lengthy downtime sounds like a miracle, but it’s not. A younger, refreshed you is entirely within your grasp—and easier to attain than you think—with a Liquid Facelift in Madison at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center.

Using a “magic” combination of injectables, board-certified dermatologists and acclaimed cosmetic surgeons Dr. Lisa Donofrio and Dr. Dana Ellis will create a customized treatment plan to reveal a refreshed glow and a revitalized you. With expert care and precision, our dermatologists will apply BOTOX® and dermal fillers including Juvéderm® and Restylane® to plump up and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles and restore lost volume to key areas on your face. With a Liquid Facelift, you can enjoy smoother, younger-looking skin for up to a year.

Discover if a Liquid Facelift can magically rejuvenate your appearance by calling us for a consultation at 203.421.6674.

Festive and Fabulous: Get Party-Perfect Skin in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center

With the party season upon us, it’s prime self-pampering time at Aria DermSpa. This year, let your luminous skin steal the show. With our vast array of skin-rejuvenating treatments, you’ll have a hard time choosing which glow-getter is right for you. (But we can help you with that!)

For show-stopping skin, consider PRP Facial Rejuvenation. PRP, which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, is a naturally occurring substance in your blood full of essential proteins that can yield extraordinary anti-aging results when applied topically or injected into your skin. Perhaps our most well known anti-aging treatment—BOTOX® provides almost immediate gratification for reducing wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. Expertly applied by board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lisa Donofrio, BOTOX® in Madison can provide natural-looking results for up to four months per treatment.

If you’re in the mood for a thorough exfoliation (and who isn’t?), DermaSweep™ can do the trick. This non-invasive, chemical-free treatment for the face, neck and chest can reduce fine lines, enlarged pores, whiteheads, and blackheads, ultimately revealing smoother, softer skin. Another tried-and-true medspa standby? Microneedling, which can produce that sought-after glow by creating microscopic injuries to your skin and stimulating collagen production. Chemical peels can also boost your skin’s health and vibrance, reducing discoloration, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. We offer a variety of types and strengths and will help you decide which peel is best for your skin.

The premier health and beauty destination along the Connecticut shoreline, Aria DermSpa offers the latest and greatest in skin rejuvenation treatments. Be the life of the party and let your glowing skin steal the show this season by calling Aria DermSpa at 203.421.6674 for a consultation.

Complete Rejuvenation: Combination Treatments at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center in Madison, CT

Want clear, smooth skin and a youthful appearance well into your later years? By combining treatments at Aria DermSpa, we make it easy to keep up with a regular skin care routine and preserve your look for the long road ahead!

When it comes to skin and facial rejuvenation, a single treatment can be helpful, but a combination of treatments may be necessary for a more complete revitalization. In Madison, we offer a diverse range of treatment options, each designed for a specific purpose. Skin rejuvenation treatments, like chemical peels and fractional laser skin resurfacing, can brighten your complexion and improve skin texture. Injectable treatments, including BOTOX® and dermal fillers, can eliminate wrinkles on the forehead and restore lost volume that makes us look older than we are. Combining these treatments can give you a younger look that you can feel confident in.

During your initial consultation, board-certified dermatologists Dr. Lisa Donofrio and Dr. Dana Ellis will help you design a personalized plan to reach and maintain your aesthetic goals. Not every treatment is for everyone, which is why they will recommend only the treatments that will give you the best results.

To schedule your consultation at Aria DermSpa or to learn more, call 203.421.6674 today!

Preventative Treatments in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology & Aesthetics Center

You always wear your seatbelt in the car, you take vitamins daily, and you try to eat healthy and exercise. You spend your life taking preventative measures for your overall health, so why not do the same for the health of your skin?

Just like with the rest of your body, the better your skin is taken care of now, the healthier it will be down the road. This is why Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center offers a multitude of treatments to keep your skin radiant and glowing for years to come! Receiving these safe and effective treatments in your mid to late twenties or early thirties could be critical for fighting wrinkles and preventing signs of aging as time goes on.

One of our most popular—and most effective—treatments is BOTOX®, the household name that has been helping both men and women reduce fine lines and wrinkles for over a decade. BOTOX® relaxes the nerve impulses that cause lines and wrinkles to form around the eyes and on the forehead. Utilizing BOTOX® early on can help delay the onset of wrinkles so you can continue to enjoy your smooth, wrinkle-free skin until much later in life!

Another of our innovative skin preserving measures in Madison is Clear + Brilliant™ laser treatment. This state-of-the-art laser deeply exfoliates the outer layer of skin, eliminating damaged cells and allowing new, flawless skin to emerge from beneath. Clear + Brilliant will even your skin tone and repair damaged skin for long lasting, radiant beauty!

Now is the time to begin taking steps toward your skin’s bright future! Call 203.421.6674 to schedule a consultation in Madison, CT today!

Determining Your Dermal: Dermal Fillers in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa

How do you know which dermal filler is right for you? It’s an important question many of our clients come to us with. Some fillers are better at treating fine lines and wrinkles than others, and others better target certain parts of the face like the mouth and skin surrounding the nose for restoring fullness. Whatever facial support you desire, we have an expert staff that you can trust to help you determine the best dermal filler option.
Our injection specialist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio has taken part in the clinical trials of BOTOX®®Dysport®Xeomin®®Belotero Balance®, and Restylane®® in order to provide the best, natural looking results for you. Some other great options include Juvéderm® XC® and Restylane® Lyft® that rejuvenate the face where desired. No matter what your needs may be we will take the time to determine the dermal filler that will best fit you.


Contact Aria DermSpa today at 203.421.6674 to schedule your dermal filler consultation!