Author: Ali Loreen, MD

Botox Vs. Fillers – Which is Right For You?

Botox vs. Fillers – Which is Right for You?



A consultation will ultimately determine what the best option is for your volume-loss or wrinkle issue. Before you head in though for your appointment it’s a great idea to do your research! Ever wonder what the difference is between Botox and dermal fillers like Juvederm? We’re here to break it down for you.



If you’re looking for wrinkle reduction Botox might be the best option for you. Botox is a neurotoxin that relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. A treatment consists of several tiny and relatively painless injections with localized effects. The most common areas patients receive Botox injections are on the forehead, crow’s feet (wrinkles on the sides of your eyes) and frown lines (commonly known as the 11 lines). Some patients choose Botox for fixing a gummy smile or for an eyebrow lift. Depending on the area treated, results from Botox can last anywhere from three to four months. Visible results from Botox are seen anywhere from 3 days to 1 week from injection and the downtime from this procedure is very minimal.


Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are all about restoring the loss of volume in your face and giving a more youthful appearance. This is the best way to add volume to your face without surgery. If you have deep, static lines on your face when your expressions are at rest, dermal fillers are a great option for you. Dermal fillers can be added to the cheeks, smile lines, lips or more. A small injection is made and the filler, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid, is used to fill in deep lines and wrinkles. Results from fillers are seen almost immediately and results can last up to two years (depending on the type of filler and area chosen.) Lip fillers can last an average of 6 months. Downtime from this procedure is also very minimal.


To schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Ali call our front desk staff at 978-942-4835 or request an appointment online here.

7 Things to Do to Prepare for Your Upcoming Surgery

Surgery day is coming up soon! While you are anticipating the big day there are many things you can do to start preparing now. Start checking these items off your to-do list to make your post-op recovery a bit smoother and relaxing.


1.       Pick up any medications you may need from the pharmacy now! Whether you were prescribed antibiotics or pain medication make sure you don’t wait to submit your prescription to the pharmacy.

2.       Wash any post-op clothing you might need and have these items ready to use. Depending on the surgery you are getting, you may need to wear clothing that is easy to pull on and tops that can be zipped in the front.

3.       Prep some meals and have them ready to reheat for when you’re home. You’ll be thankful during recovery when you can pull dinners out of the freezer and heat rather than having to cook.

4.       Create a tray of needs for your bedside table at home. Assuming you’ll be recovering in bed, you’ll want to make sure all of your must-haves are close by. Things to include: your phone charger, medications, bottled water, dry crackers or snacks and books or magazines to read.

5.       Put your ice packs in the freezer! If your procedure will require ice during healing, make sure to put your ice packs in the freezer now to prepare.

6.       Arrange for your rides to and from the hospital. Don’t wait until the day before surgery to look for someone to drop you off and pick you up! Make sure you also have cell phone numbers for your caretakers written down to give to your nurse.

7.       Record some movies and shows to watch during your rest and relaxation time! Post-surgery is a great time to binge-watch a new show or finally catch those movies you never got a chance to see.

Gift Certificates Available

Gift certificates are now available at New England Plastic Surgery Center! Stop by our office, visit the front desk and ask about purchasing one today! Gift certificates can be used toward costs associated with cosmetic consultation fees, injectables and the purchase of skin care products.



A Note From New England Plastic Surgery Center

At New England Plastic Surgery Center we believe in the fight for equality and against injustice and want our patients and colleagues to know we will not tolerate discrimination or racism in any form. Together we can create a community that we are proud of. If you would like to get involved in the fight against racism, please see the links below…


Ways to get involved and fight racism:

Donate to:

·         Black Lives Matter

·         ACLU

·         NAACP

·         George Floyd Memorial Fund


·         Read, Learn, Share

·         Organizations to support

·         Find your local Black Lives Matter chapter

Office Reopening-New Office Guidelines Effective May 18, 2020

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We are happy to announce that our office will open Monday, May 18th for in-office visits with enhanced measures to protect your health and the health of our staff.  We are committed to making sure our office environment is safe as we reopen with new, strict guidelines. In March 2020, we also launched telemedicine appointments through the Medici App to serve the needs of our patients. We are happy with the success of these appointments and will continue to offer telemedicine appointment options with our reopening to encourage social distancing.


For in-office visits beginning May 18, 2020 we ask that you follow these directives:


· All employees will be wearing face masks and shields. You will also be required to wear a face mask at all times in the office. You will need to bring your own mask as we will not be providing them to patients.


· Please complete your online registration prior to arriving for your appointment. Patient registration packets can be found on our website here. We strongly encourage the use of the HIPAA-compliant Medici App for communicating with us and sending forms back to us to limit social interaction. Click here to learn more about downloading this app.


· Please come to your appointment alone if possible (with the following exceptions: an interpreter, one parent for a minor or one caretaker for patients who require assistance). Arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to go over your registration over the phone before entering the office. When you arrive, please wait in your car and call 978-942-4835 to let us know you are here. You will receive a text message from us to let you know when we are ready to see you and you can proceed to the main entrance.


· You will be greeted at the main entrance by our nurse who will perform a no-contact temperature check. Upon entrance, she will ask that you use the hand sanitizer to clean your hands. You will then be directed into the exam room and will not be waiting in a waiting area or at the front desk registration area.


· Exam rooms will be thoroughly sanitized between each patient.  Common areas including our waiting room and office space will also be regularly sanitized every two hours throughout the day.


· After the completion of your visit you will be escorted through the checkout area. We will not be accepting cash or check at this time for safety reasons. If you are able to pay your co-pay over the phone before your visit via credit card it is preferred. If you have completed a visit that requires additional payment you can do so via credit card at the check out desk. Please note that a barrier has been installed in this area of our office for your safety and the safety of our staff. If a follow-up appointment is needed, we will be calling you to schedule.


We thank you for your cooperation during this time and are eager to start serving you in-office again. Please feel free to call our office at 978-942-4835 if you have any questions about your upcoming appointment.

We look forward to seeing you!