Botox vs Dermal Fillers – What’s The Difference?
Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic treatments given through injections. They are minimally invasive, meaning they do not involve surgery.
What Is Botox?
Botox is primarily used to treat and prevent facial wrinkles, although it can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis and teeth grinding as well. It has become one of the most sought-out treatments for those who want to prevent and reduce the signs of aging, most commonly the frown lines above the eyebrows and wrinkles.
Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. When those nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscle is temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Without movement of these selected muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed.
Treatments made with botulinum toxin are sold under the brand names Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
As we age, our skin loses collagen which keeps our face looking full and firm. Dermal fillers are made from an injectable gel made from Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which occurs naturally in our skin. HA delivers nutrients which helps our skin retain softness, moisture, and repairs damage.
Dermal fillers work by adding volume to the skin, smoothing lines and plumping areas that have lost shape or definition. This helps your skin achieve a youthful look, as well as eliminating the signs of aging that occur as a result of collagen depletion.
Which One Is Right For You?
The important things to consider when choosing between Botox and facial fillers is what kind of wrinkles you want to get rid of and how.
Botox is the better choice for wrinkles that occur when the face is in motion or making expression, as it will reduce their motion and visibility. The most common areas are the forehead and around the eyebrows. Results usually last 3 to 4 months.
Dermal fillers are ideal for wrinkles that are visible even when your face is relaxed and making no expression. This includes wrinkles around the mouth, thin lips, and cheeks that have lost fullness. They may also be used on forehead wrinkles, scars, and other areas that need extra volume for a smoother look. Results usually last 18 months, but gradually begin to reduce towards the end of this period.
Because Botox and fillers are different substances designed for different uses, they can sometimes be combined in one treatment. For instance, someone may use Botox to correct lines between the eyes and a filler to correct smile lines around the mouth.
*Botox and fillers are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. People who have certain health conditions or who take any medications should discuss whether Botox or fillers are safe for them.