Adults in the Portland area ask, “What is the difference between Botox and fillers?”

Botox and Fillers

If you are one of the 48.3% of residents in the Portland area over the age of 35, you are probably starting to pay a little more attention to the subject of facial rejuvenation. Media bombards us with anti-aging buzzwords, but it’s important to know the facts to make informed decisions that are right for your body, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Our name, Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center, tells you that we are a great resource for information. One of the questions most commonly posed to Dr. Adam Maddox and the Thrive team is “What is the difference between Botox and fillers.” While both procedures are considered “injectables,” their compounds and purposes are quite different.

Botox® Cosmetic is the trade name for a naturally-occurring protein called botulinum toxin. Botox is produced by one of the most respected names in medicine – Allergan. It’s called a neuromodulator because it interrupts signals from nerves that tell muscles in your face to contract. Over time, those repeated contractions form furrows in the skin that make you look angry and tired. In Dr. Maddox’s experienced hands, Botox does not result in a frozen or artificial appearance. It simply allows these tense areas to relax, forming a smoother foundation for surface skin. Continued Botox treatments retrain muscles for long-term improvement.

The product is very safe. It has been used in medicine for many years. It was approved by the FDA in early 2002 for the cosmetic improvement of frown lines between the eyebrows, and in September of 2013 to soften crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes. Treatment sessions are brief, and there is essentially no downtime.

Dermal fillers go by trade names such as Juvéderm, Restylane, Radiesse, and others. They are usually formulated with hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, and sometimes calcium microspheres in a smooth gel base. Fillers are versatile. They are used to add volume (such as at the temples), make lips fuller, soften facial creases, erase wrinkles, and improve the appearance of some types of scars.

Dr. Maddox and his team are innovators in designing combination protocols customized for each unique patient. For many women and men in the Portland area, Botox and fillers used together indefinitely postpone the need for a surgical facelift. While results are different for each patient, injectables are temporary – periodic touch-up appointments are needed to maintain a youthful look.

Do you have more questions about looking refreshed and terrific at any age? Call Thrive today at (503) 928-6505 for answers.

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

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You shave it. You wax it, you laser it. Heck, you might even dye it pink. Talking about armpit hair. Now some people are saying you can microwave it away once and for all. We’re revealing a new treatment right now and our procedure room. Take it away, Doctor Ashton.

Hi guys So, I’m back here with doctor sheila Nazarian, board certified plastic surgeon and our patient Aaron. You’re going to be demonstrating this new microwave procedure to hit axillary hair, but before we get to that, tell, tell me why this hair bothered you, Aaron? Because I mean, you’re blonde, you wouldn’t mind.

I’m a personal trainer. I spend 95% of my day in a tank top in the gym or in a bikini and shaving every day is such a pain. No one likes to do it. I tried laser hair removal. It doesn’t work. If you have blonde hair and darker skin. So, I heard about mirror smooth So, thought I’d give it a try.

And you said it’s your game, okay, So, doctor Nazarian,


Go ahead and lie back Aaron. So, as you start working tell us a little bit about this technology. Who’s a good candidate for it and how? Does it work?

Well, the beauty of this technology is that everyone is a good candidate. Any skin colour, any hair colour? I’ve actually had the procedure performed on myself, didn’t get any hyperpigmentation from it.

So, you numbed Aaron up before we started, right?

Arron’s been numbed already. We’ve placed a temporary tattoo which basically gives us little tick marks. It’s really paint by numbers at that point and we use the microwave technology of mirror smooth to remove not only 70% of her hair with one treatment, but also the sweat and odour glands are also eliminated. So, it’s basically a little suction and some you know heat is applied, but because she’s numb there’s no pain.

You feel anything?
Fine, just a little pull,


And So, how many treatments typically does it take to really get a good effect?

So, 80% of people really only need one treatment. You’re going to get an 82% reduction in the sweat and odour glands and a 70% reduction in the hair growth. Which, if you’ve ever had laser hair, you know you need multiple treatments in order to get anywhere close to 70%.

So, what’s the cost range for something like this?

This that’s a great question. So, the first treatment is around 2000 dollars, but it’s, but if you think about how many laser hair removal treatments to do. I mean, it really is a great benefit and also laser hair doesn’t remove the sweat and odour glands.

Nice, well, 2000 dollars, meaning that you could throw away all your razors for the rest of your life.


Never have to worry about sweating in your armpits again and being musty.

No more deodorant and think of all the money you spend on deodorant over a lifetime.

That’s true.

And it takes how long to do both pitch?

We usually schedule people for an hour at a time?
An hour!

So, can you imagine an hour and you’re done.
Oh my gosh,


Sign me up, scoot over.

Second string.


The one done idea is very appealing.

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Thanks for sharing that with us and thanks for showing us your armpits,

Thanks for having me

You’re welcome.

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