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Why Who Administers Your Botox or Dermal Fillers Matters

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top two minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2017 were botulinum toxin type A (7.23 million procedures) and soft tissue fillers (2.69 million procedures).

That’s almost 10 million Botox® and dermal filler injections (such as Juvéderm®). More and more Americans are turning to cosmetic procedures to help them look and feel better. However, getting an injection is more than just getting a shot. You don’t want just anyone sticking a needle under the skin in your face — you want a medical professional with skill and knowledge who has done this many times before.

At Genesis Cosmetic Laser Center in Florence, South Carolina, Dr. Edward O’Dell is ready to help you drop years from your appearance.

What Botox and fillers do

Botox and Juvéderm are injectable fillers that reduce signs of aging to help you look and feel years younger. To be more specific, Botox is a neurotoxin that causes your facial muscles to relax by blocking the impulses your nerves send to those muscles. When your face relaxes, it reduces the lines caused by smiling and squinting. This includes crow’s feet, forehead creases, frown lines, and other lines around your mouth and chin.

Juvéderm and other fillers are often called wrinkle fillers because they fight the aging process by reducing lines around your mouth and nose, diminishing vertical lines in your lips, enhancing your lips, smoothing creases in your chin, and improving your facial symmetry.

Threading the needle

While injecting these substances into your skin sounds relatively simple, the reality is that you want someone highly trained to perform the procedures. Many people have crow’s feet or lines around their mouth, but no one else has your unique face. The medical professional you choose should have the ability to determine exactly which set of muscles they’ll inject with a powerful neurotoxin like Botox.

The same goes for fillers — every filler is slightly different, and sometimes you need different effects from the fillers. In some cases, the filler may need to stay in a certain spot; in others, you may get the best results if the filler spreads out and blends in. Determining which filler is needed in which spot should be done by an accomplished professional like Dr. O’Dell.

As you decide on a provider, look for aesthetic services offered by a trained cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist, and steer clear of spa-type businesses that aren’t supervised by medical professionals. 


Both Botox and Juvéderm are FDA-approved. You may notice results from filler injections immediately, while changes from a Botox injection may take a few days to fully appear.

When you’re ready to drop years from your face, contact Genesis Cosmetic Laser Center, by phone or online, for a consultation. Dr. O’Dell and his expert team know precisely how best to treat you. Call today to look younger tomorrow!

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