The Difference Between BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have made aesthetic rejuvenation more accessible than ever before. Dermal fillers are an increasingly popular choice for those looking to reduce wrinkles, improve facial contours, or add volume to areas of the face. Unlike BOTOX®, which smooths out wrinkles by stopping muscle contractions, dermal fillers are soft tissue enhancers that can add natural-looking volume and fullness to your face while smoothing away wrinkles and creases. With dermal fillers, people can achieve younger-looking results that last longer than those achieved with just BOTOX® alone.

When it comes to choosing between BOTOX® and dermal fillers, it’s important to understand their differences and why you might choose one over the other. Here are some of the key differences between these nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures.

How BOTOX® Correct Facial Aging

BOTOX® is a type of injectable treatment that contains a purified form of botulinum toxin. When used for facial rejuvenation, the injectable is properly called BOTOX® Cosmetic. When injected into the skin, BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily blocks nerve signals to the muscles, causing the muscles to relax and preventing them from contracting. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by facial expressions such as frowning or squinting. However, it cannot be used to correct volume loss, sunken areas, or wrinkles caused by soft tissue sagging. For these concerns, dermal fillers are the solution.

How Dermal Fillers Correct Facial Aging

Dermal fillers are injectable gels made of hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, or other materials. They can be used to add volume to thinning skin, plump up hollow areas, and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Unlike BOTOX®, which can only be used to target dynamic wrinkles caused by specific muscle contractions, dermal fillers can be used to treat many signs of aging such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines, sunken cheeks, and shadows in the lower eyelids. Dermal fillers can also be used to augment and enhance the lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance.

Dermal Fillers Last Longer

The results of BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers also differ in terms of longevity. BOTOX® typically lasts around three to four months, whereas dermal fillers can last up to two years depending on the type of filler used and the area of the face treated. Modern formulations of dermal fillers have also improved and can offer longer lasting results than ever before. With either treatment, optimal results are best maintained with regular injections as needed.

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

Both BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers are effective nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments, so the choice between them will depend on your specific aesthetic goals and concerns. BOTOX® Cosmetic is specifically designed to relax muscles that cause expression wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Dermal fillers help recreate natural-looking volume by plumping up areas and filling deep lines and creases, especially in the mid and lower face. If you are not sure which treatment to get, a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon can help you determine which treatment is best suited for you.

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