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Botox vs. Fillers: The Best Wrinkle Treatment for You

November 11, 2014
Botox vs. Fillers

Botox vs. Fillers

As you age, the process of developing fine lines and wrinkles is inevitable. Especially with the amount of sun exposure people face on a daily basis here in Phoenix, AZ. Many Arizonans find themselves with deep set wrinkles that are tough to get rid of.

The majority of people look to get rid of these wrinkles any way they can. They take preventative measures of limiting their sun exposure and as most Arizonans do, constantly apply sunscreen before braving the harsh sun. However, for people who already have wrinkles, methods of reversing the development of these lines is a top priority.

When it comes to getting rid of facial wrinkles, most people immediately think of Botox. While Botox is an effective treatment that has proven to yield positive results in this area, most forget to consider and look into alternative treatments and options such as dermal fillers.

These two wrinkle treatments are each effective in their own ways. Because they target two separate types of wrinkles, it is important to know which treatment to choose for your skin.

At DreamBody Medical Centers, we offer both of these wrinkle-reducing treatments and will help guide you through the process of choosing the right treatment for you by addressing both treatments in great detail, giving you all of the information needed to make an informed choice based on your specific wants and needs.

These topics include:
• What is Botox
• Botox procedure
• Botox results
• Differences between Botox and Fillers
• What are Fillers

What is Botox?

Botox is quickly becoming a common part of many middle-aged and elderly individual’s beauty routines. It is an extremely popular treatment that is noninvasive and only requires a short amount of time to execute. This particular form of treatment is meant to treat newly developed wrinkles that are only visible when your facial muscles are contracting.

So for example, when you squint, you may have crow’s feet, or when you frown you may see what are called “parenthesis wrinkles” that develop around your nose and mouth.
Botox takes the approach of trying to eliminate wrinkles that have recently developed as well as prevent new wrinkles from forming.


The procedure of Botox is noninvasive and does not require any type of anesthetics. The process only takes about 30 to 60 minutes and consists of a series of small Botulinum toxin injections that are administered to different areas of your face.

This injection temporarily relaxes the muscles that are causing wrinkles. After repeated treatments, the muscles become more and more relaxed and cause the patient to break the habit of using those muscles so frequently. This process allows those muscles to be less tense and therefore prevents future wrinkles from developing in those areas.

Patients who have received Botox treatments report small levels of discomfort while the injections are taking place, however the pain does not linger.


It usually takes 24 to 72 hours to see the results of your Botox injections, and the results last for approximately three to four months.

The amount of treatments an individual undergoes is dependent upon how severe the wrinkles are and how many treatments the patient believes are necessary before they have achieved their desired results.

To find out more about Botox injections, be sure to watch Dr. Budnick explain Botox in even greater detail.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers have many similarities to Botox treatments. Dermal fillers are noninvasive and only take about 30 to 60 minutes. The process involves injecting fillers into the areas of your face that are being affected by wrinkles. It usually takes multiple separate treatments of dermal fillers before maximum results are achieved.

To find out more in-depth information about what fillers are, read our article about how dermal fillers work.

How are Dermal Fillers Different from Botox?

Even though dermal fillers do share many similarities with Botox, there are a few key differences between these two wrinkle treatment methods.

Some of these differences include:
• The type of wrinkles that are being treated
• How the procedure is conducted
• Timeline to see results
• How long results last

Type of Wrinkles that are Treated

As mentioned earlier, the primary factor that differentiates Botox and dermal fillers is the fact that these two wrinkle treatments target two different types of wrinkles.

Botox treats newly formed wrinkles that are not always visible, meaning they are more visible when our face makes certain movements. However, dermal fillers treat wrinkles that are set in our skin and that can be seen at all times. Fillers treat the wrinkles that Botox is not capable of reversing.


Even though both Botox and dermal fillers include noninvasive procedures that entail a series of injections, the job that these injections perform varies.

Where Botox injections temporarily relax the muscles that are causing your wrinkles, dermal fillers go in and literally fill in the lines and deep wrinkles. So in essence, Botox alters the muscles that cause wrinkles whereas fillers fill in the already set in lines.

Some anesthetics are required during the dermal fillers procedure, however it is done on an outpatient basis and does not include drastic recovery time.


With Botox, you will see results within 1 to 3 days, and the results will last for a few months. Due to the differences in how the procedure is conducted, fillers will show results almost immediately and these results can last for 6 to 12 months.

Choosing the Right Treatment for Me

Understanding the differences between these two forms of wrinkle treatments is key when it comes to deciding which one you should choose for your skin. Considering that most people do not widely recognize dermal fillers as a treatment that can be used similarly to Botox, they tend to neglect the treatment all together.

Many times, Botox and fillers can be used in conjunction with one another, so there are occasions where individuals may receive both treatments to achieve optimal results.

The best way to find out which treatment is right for you is by consulting a professional. By setting up an initial consultation with your local med spa, you and your doctor can take a more in-depth look at your wrinkles and decide which treatment would provide you with the best results.

With DreamBody’s convenient location in Scottsdale, it is easier than ever to learn more about treating your wrinkles and how you can make your skin look younger than it really is.

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DreamBody Nominated for Best Day Spa & Best Alternative Spa Treatment by AZ Foothills Magazine

October 28, 2013

AZ Foothills Best Of Banner

DreamBody Medical Centers in Scottsdale, Arizona wants to provide you with the best lifestyle transformation services in the Valley. To do so, DreamBody uses alternative and personalized techniques to ensure that your flabs, wrinkles, and aging signs are a thing of the past… and that they don’t make special appearances in your near future.

DreamBody Medical Centers provides a variety of distinct offerings from prolotherapy,B-12 injections, pain management, HCG Diet, fillers, cold laser liposuction, IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy, Botox, and more. Since our patients are all different, and so are our treatments, we are happy to consult you through the journey from treatment to recovery. By visiting our interactive services page, you can explore the treatment options applicable to your problem areas and decide which treatments are right for you.

Our lifestyle transformation services have distinguished us from any other medical center in the state. Dr. Paul Budnick has enriched the anti-aging and weight management industry in Arizona, and this has been recognized by Arizona Foothills Magazine with nominations for Best Day Spa and Best Alternative Spa Treatment.

By clicking on these two links, you can vote for DreamBody Medical Centers, once per day, to be recognized as the Best of Our Valley. Voting will continue through November 30, so you have all month to help us gain the top vote by voting every day! We deeply appreciate the loyal customers that we have acquired over the years and look forward to serving the greater Phoenix area with beauty excellence for many years to come.

HCG Diet, Lipotropic B-12, Weight Loss

Can You Lose Weight with B-12 Injections?

September 10, 2013


One of the most common questions we get asked is if you can lose weight with B-12 injections. If you are looking for a simple answer, the answer is yes. Yes, you can lose weight with B-12 injections. However, if you are looking for something a bit more detailed and in-depth, you came to the right place.

About B-12 Injections

B-12 injections are exactly what their name suggests: injections of the vitamin B-12, along with other vitamins, into your body. While B-12 injections alone do not make you lose a large amount of weight, they are often used in conjunction with the HCG diet and/or other weight loss methods which often result in weight loss.

B-12 injections are known to correctly maintain the functioning of the brain and the entire nervous program. We offer three different types of B-12 injections at DreamBody, each one better than the last.

1. The first level of B-12 injections we offer is straight B12 Methylcobalamin. This injection helps to increase the patient’s energy and promote a healthy immune system.

2. The second level of B-12 injections we offer includes amino acids, which help to break down the patient’s fat.

3. The third level of B-12 injections we offer is called the Super B-12. It is a combination of Vitamin C, B-12 and all of the B vitamins. This injection helps promote a better immune system, decrease fat and increase energy.

Depending on the level of B-12 Injections you choose, the injection can actually work to break down your fat. We recommend that B-12 injections be received in conjunction with the HCG diet. Whether the name HCG is completely new to you or you are curious as to what you can expect while on the diet, take a look at our related blog post titled: “What to Expect While on HCG” to learn everything you need to know about the diet.

IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy


December 13, 2012

Vitamin D is not a vitamin, it is a hormone. Vitamin D (D3) is produced in the lower layers of skin only when sun exposure is adequate. Sun exposure in the tropical areas of the world are best and exposure within the Arctic Circle is at a level incompatible with human life. Surfers in Hawaii have very good Vitamin D levels, upwards to 70. Most of my patients that live in Arizona come in with a level of 8-25, below the 32-100 optimal range. This is due to increased use of sunscreen to minimize skin cancer and premature aging that the strong sun in the southwest may cause. Studies show retirees in sunny states like Arizona, Texas, Florida and California live longer. The highest natural Vitamin D level that I’ve seen from a patient that did not take any Vitamin D supplements was just below 40; she sunbathed regularly and ate salmon or eggs daily. Catfish, salmon, sardines and tuna contain the most Vitamin D as well as the beneficial Omega 3 fats.

Many years ago parents gave their children a tablespoon of cod-liver oil (which contains over 1200 IU of Vitamin D) to prevent illness in the winter. Now scientists know that was a wise thing to do because Vitamin D directly optimizes many components of our immune system; macrophages, lymphocytes, and monocytes, thereby preventing infectious disease and cancer.

Vitamin D also works in the kidney maintaining the body’s calcium level to prevent osteoporosis. Patients on dialysis, kidney machine treatments three days a week, must take 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D a week to prevent spontaneous fractures from severe osteoporosis.

The best vitamin D available at the Dreambody is comes as white tasteless drops and each drop contains 2,000 IUs. I usually recommend taking 4,000- 6,000 IUs a day depending on the vitamin D level we obtain at the clinic.
I give my young sons 2,000 IUs a day especially when they go back to school and need a strong immune system. To replicate the old fashion cod liver oil, I also give my kids Omega 3, DHA in the form of fruit flavored gel caps that the child bites.

My advice is to have your vitamin D level checked along with the other hormones; testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, and progesterone in order to ensure that you are feeling your best and as healthy as you can be.

This blog post was written by Dr. Paul Budnick, founder and medical director at DreamBody Medical Centers.

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.