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Botox & Fillers in Sarasota with Dr. Kristopher Hamwi

During our lifetime, our facial skin can undergo many changes. Loss of collagen, bone, or fat due to the aging process and environmental factors, such as sun exposure and pollution, are just some of the causes of skin changes. Fine lines and wrinkles are often the result.

However, some wrinkles and frown lines are not caused by age. Wrinkles can also be formed by repetitive movements and muscle contractions, meaning younger adults can develop wrinkles too. 

When it’s time for you to smooth the look of your fine lines or severe wrinkles, Botox® and dermal fillers might provide the solution you’re looking for to rejuvenate your youthful appearance with natural-looking and long-lasting results. 

Learn more about how Botox & Fillers in Sarasota can smooth wrinkles and give you younger-looking skin. Contact Dr. Hamwi at Florida Plastic Surgery at (941) 800-2000 or fill out our online form today!

What are Botox & Fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are injectable cosmetic treatments that seek to restore a natural and youthful-looking appearance without producing a look that’s overdone. However, while each treatment is similar in concept, they work very differently:


Botox is a neuromodulator that temporarily blocks signals to muscles that lie beneath the affected skin. By inhibiting these muscles, they begin to relax and weaken, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is used to treat areas around the eyes and also to improve the appearance of the neck.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are safe for most patients as they are formulated from substances, such as hyaluronic acid, that naturally occur in our bodies, eliminating many sensitivity issues. Some fillers are synthetically made to mimic these substances and help to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production.

What are the Benefits of Sarasota Botox & Fillers?

Eventually, we all face inevitable changes as our facial skin ages. These physical changes can affect our self-esteem and confidence. However, Botox and fillers may help to restore skin’s youthful appearance, slowing the signs of aging. 

Dr. Hamwi’s approach with both Botox and fillers is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore lost volume, giving you a rejuvenated look. Under the highly trained hands of Dr. Hamwi, you’ll experience drastic improvements without an overdone appearance.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Botox & Fillers?

Botox and fillers are great for those struggling with common signs of aging.

Typically, fillers address:

  • Thinning lips (lip fillers)
  • Shallow contours and facial areas
  • Facial lines and wrinkles
  • Under-eye shadows
  • Recessed scars

Botox and other neuromodulators treats:

  • Expression lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • “11’s” between the brows
  • Horizontal lines on the forehead
  • Marks on the face from smiling, frowning, squinting, laughing, etc.

Ideal candidates for Botox and fillers are healthy men and women who:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have no history of neuromuscular diseases
  • Are not pregnant or nursing
  • Have fine to moderate or severe facial wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, neck, or lips
  • Have realistic expectations

Each patient will experience individual results. Follow-up injections may be necessary to maintain optimal results.

What Options Do I Have for Botox & Fillers?

At Florida Plastic Surgery, you can have confidence in your choice of injectable procedures. With over ten years of training under the finest programs in Washington D.C., Manhattan, and Harvard, Dr. Hamwi has mastered a full spectrum of procedures. His dedication to patients teamed with his expertise makes Dr. Hamwi your best choice for Botox and Fillers in Sarasota.

Juvéderm is an injectable gel wrinkle filler made from hyaluronic acid that adds volume to the skin and hydrates skin for a lasting effect. The Juvéderm line smooths moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds in the nasolabial folds and adds volume and contouring to the cheeks. Its rejuvenating effects are immediate, and benefits have been proven to last for up to one to two years with optimal treatment.

Restylane is a natural cosmetic filler comprised of fast-acting and long-lasting wrinkle filling products that maintain skin’s natural elasticity and mobility. The Restylane line adds volume to the skin while also hydrating for lasting results. Restylane works for lip augmentation and smooths fine lines and dynamic wrinkles around the lips, including vertical lip lines and nasolabial folds. Results can be seen for roughly six months to a year.

Radiesse is an injectable filler used to plump wrinkled or folded areas of the skin, most often on the face. As it works, Radiesse stimulates the naturally-occurring collagen beneath your skin. It works immediately, can last for up to two years, and is a highly sought-after choice for dermal filling. It can also be used to minimize the appearance of aging on the hands.

Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid collagen stimulator that works to revitalize collagen production and restore the skin’s deep, underlying structure to diminish the appearance of deep wrinkles. Sculptra gradually restores facial volume and fullness to wrinkles and folds. Results can last up to two years.

Belotero is an effective dermal filler for moderate to severe wrinkles and lines, producing a natural look and feel. It uses a hyaluronic acid gel to integrate with the skin’s natural tissue to plump the skin and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. With many formulations of Belotero, it is a versatile filler for use in many areas of the face.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Hamwi as My Sarasota Botox & Filler Injector?

When you walk through Florida Plastic Surgery’s doors, you will find your overall wellness partner in Dr. Kristopher Hamwi. Passion for helping his patients gain confidence through aesthetic plastic surgery is what sets Dr. Hamwi apart. Dr. Hamwi’s goal is to help you feel knowledgeable, comfortable, and empowered to make decisions regarding your procedures. You will never feel pressured.

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Dr. Kristopher Hamwi has trained for over ten years at some of the world’s top institutions to become one of Florida’s best aesthetic plastic surgeons. Utilizing his exceptional skill, rigorous training, and genuine, caring approach, Dr. Hamwi strives for total patient satisfaction. Ready to partner with Sarasota’s leading aesthetic plastic surgeon?

Your Personalized Consultation with Dr. Hamwi

At Florida Plastic Surgery, you have the option of an in-person or virtual consultation. During your Botox and filler consultation, Dr. Hamwi will discuss your concerns and expectations, and he will also analyze your skin and muscle movements. 

Dr. Hamwi will determine the best injectable options to help you realistically reach your aesthetic goals. With patient care and optimal results in mind, Dr. Hamwi always suggests the safest, most precise, and most cost-effective treatment possible to help you regain your confidence.

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What Can I Expect in a Botox & Fillers Procedure?

  • You’ll meet with Dr. Hamwi and review your procedural plan. 
  • When you’re comfortable, Dr. Hamwi will begin your Botox or filler procedure as determined during your consultation. 
  • A typical Botox procedure is fast and painless. Depending on your procedural plan, treatment may take approximately 15-30 minutes. Most patients report only minimal discomfort. 
  • A typical dermal filler procedure lasts between 15-45 minutes, depending on your individual procedural plan. Many injectable fillers include a mild anesthetic to alleviate discomfort during and after the procedure. 
  • Most patients can resume normal activities following their procedure.

How Soon Will I See My Sarasota Botox & Fillers Results?

Injectable treatments require minimal downtime, and most patients may resume normal activities following their procedures. Side effects may include mild bruising and swelling. Here’s what to expect with Botox and fillers:


With Botox treatment, you may see noticeable results within 5-14 days as your muscles slowly relax. Your skin will appear smoother and more youthful. With optimal treatment, you should experience your botox results for 3-5 months.


You will likely experience noticeable results immediately following treatment. Some fillers work more gradually, providing a softer, more natural look. Depending on the individual and the product used, many results can last six months to two years.

Ready to Enjoy Your New & Youthful-Looking Appearance?

While aging is inevitable, slowing the signs of aging is possible! At Florida Plastic Surgery, we may have the solution to your wrinkle woes. Smoother skin and a more youthful appearance are achievable with the best Botox and fillers in Sarasota. 

To learn more about how Botox and Fillers in Sarasota can smooth your skin and enhance your appearance, enlist the help of Dr. Hamwi by contacting Florida Plastic Surgery at (941) 800-2000 or fill out our online form today.

Sarasota, FL, Botox & Fillers Treatment FAQs

The cost of Botox and Filler treatments depends on a number of factors, including the number of injections and areas treated as determined in your procedural plan. During your consultation, Dr. Hamwi will provide an estimate for a more accurate cost of Botox & Fillers in Sarasota.

Botox and Filler procedures are usually fast and painless with minimal discomfort and downtime. However, be sure to address your concerns about pain with Dr. Hamwi before your procedure.

Botox takes several days to begin working. For most people, they will start seeing results at 5-7 days with full effect around 10 days.

Absolutely not, Botox injections can be tailored to give natural results.

On the day of your injection, you may have small raised bumps at the injection sites. This will fade by the end of the day. While uncommon, it is possible to develop minor bruising at injection sites as well.

Everyone is a candidate for Botox! Botox can be used to reduce wrinkles you may already have or slow wrinkles from forming.

There is no restriction on office work but, you do want to avoid going to the gym for 1 day following injections.

You must avoid aspirin for 2 weeks before injection or the risk of bruising is much higher.

Botox and Dysport both come from a neurotoxin protein that works by relaxing facial muscles. However, a single unit of Botox is about 3 times the potency of a unit of Dysport. This does not mean Botox works better, but that more Dysport is needed to achieve the same effect. Dysport will show effects sooner than Botox, about 4-5 days. The price of a unit of Dysport is less than a unit of Botox, so you will end of spending about the same amount of money for similar results.

Botox and Xeomin are similar in that they are both Botulinum Toxin Type A Neuromodulators but, Xeomin has a slightly different chemical composition so that people who do not respond as well to Botox may see improved results with Xeomin.

FDA approved areas include the forehead, in between/around the brows and the eyes. Botox has been used safely in other areas of the face and neck but is not FDA approved.

The more active you are, the faster the medication will wear off. Typically, Botox lasts 3-5 months.

Yes, Botox does not paralyze normal facial movements. As the effects of Botox gradually appear, muscle contractions and wrinkles will slowly dissipate. After 3-5 months the medication will begin to wear off and the return of these unwanted muscle contractions and wrinkles will reappear.

Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to various areas of the face or to fill in deep wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that attracts and holds water. It is one of the most commonly used fillers because it is soft and can be safely injected in and close under to the surface of the skin where it can have more effect.

At your filler appointment, you will begin by discussing your goals and creating a personalized treatment plan. Before dermal filler treatments, our injectors will numb the area if requested. Depending on your treatment, the process may range from 20-60 minutes.

You will see your filler results immediately! Often there will be some swelling which may take a few days to dissipate. Filler is designed to last different amounts of time. This can be 6 months to 2 years or longer. Typically the softer the filler the shorter it lasts. People who are very active will also notice their filler does not last as long. Areas of the face that move, like the lips, tender to have shorter filler results.

Anywhere from 5 months to 2 years, depending on the filler.

Fillers cannot be used as an alternative to a facelift! The goal of a “liquid facelift” is to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles or to restore lost volume in the face that happens as we age. Schedule a free consultation with us to explore what treatment plan is best for you!

Lip Augmentation FAQS

There are many different kinds of fillers available for lip enhancement. The right filler can be determined by your personal goals. Typically, softer fillers that are composed of HA are best for lips as they give soft, supple, and smooth results.

Lip fillers are not a permanent solution for lip enhancement. Depending on your anatomy, you may be a candidate for lip lift, which is a permanent surgical alternative. There are also long term filler options such as Sculptra that build natural collagen over time.

Juvederm Vollure is the newest product on the market and is projected to last 18 months.

There are multiple factors that should be considered in order to achieve natural looking lips including correct product selection, overfilling lips with product, incorrect placement of product and poor injection technique. Be sure to go to an experienced injector for optimal results!

Start small! A 1mL syringe of filler is a good place to start and for many patients gives them the results they desire. As you live with your results you can decide what look you are trying to achieve.

Severe allergic reactions to lip fillers are rare, but remain a possibility. In some cases, patients can be allergic to Hyaluronic acid or Polylactic acid (PLA).

Board certified Plastic Surgeons, dermatologists, PAs, NPs and Registered Nurses are legally allowed to perform injections. Finding a fully qualified specialist who is experienced in lip fillers will give you a greater chance of loving your lip enhancement!

Side effects include swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the site of injection. Let your provider know if you have a history of cold sores, as this procedure may reactive herpes simplex. Avoiding aspirin for 2 weeks before your procedure is necessary for preventing bleeding and bruising of the lips.

  • Avoid excessive or very strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours following treatment
  • Avoid high temperatures for at least 24 hours following treatment
  • Apply an ice pack to your lips- 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off
  • Avoid excessive salt for 24 hours
  • Avoid makeup on the lips for 24 hours
  • Try to sleep with your head slightly elevated on pillows to reduce swelling
  • You may take Tylenol for pain control if needed the day of the procedure
  • Try to avoid foods that are hard to chew or are messy
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and cigarettes 24-48 hours after your treatment

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