Difference Between Botox and Fillers

The Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Injectables are a very popular non-surgical beauty and cosmetic treatment, across all ages and for many reasons. The main reasons being that injectables as a treatment are convenient and accessible, and they are some of the most effective ways to treat facial wrinkles and lines such as crow’s feet.

Both are minimally invasive

These minimally-invasive treatments have little downtime and discomfort compared to plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts. Most people do not have pain after injectables, and some experience minor redness around the injection site.

Botox and dermal fillers are both types of injectables that do different things. Botox is a muscle relaxer made from bacteria. Originally created to treat neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness, it is also commonly used as a treatment for migraines and other medical conditions still today.

Botox is best used for dynamic wrinkles

As a cosmetic treatment, Botox is primarily used to treat wrinkles that occur naturally with time around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and around the mouth. Botox injections in these areas relax the muscles near these wrinkles. By not being able to move the appearance of wrinkles is reduced.

Botox is injected into the muscles in the face that contribute to the specific wrinkles. The injection process takes a few minutes, with noticeable results starting to appear within two weeks.

These types of wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles, and are caused by muscle movement, and become more pronounced with age. These kinds of wrinkles are not caused by collagen breakdown.

Dermal fillers are best used for plumping up the skin

Dermal fillers are delivered as an injection in the face to treat wrinkles. They are typically used to treat smile lines, but can also be used to plump up the lips, cheeks, or under the eyes. They can also be used for hand treatments, and to reduce the appearance of scars.

Dermal fillers come in different forms, for different reasons. Like Botox, they are all injectable. The most common dermal fillers are:

  • Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) that is a gel solution that can last for up to 18 months
  • Collagen, a temporary material that can last for up to four months
  • Hyaluronic acid, that loses its effect between 6 to 12 months.
  • Sculptra and Sculptra Aesthetic (poly-L-lactic acid) a man-made material that lasts for around two years
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads-the only permanent type of dermal filler

Both treatments are effective

Both Botox and dermal fillers are considered effective. Both treatments do require followup treatments if you want to maintain the results. These followup treatments vary depending on the type of injectable you received, and other individual factors such as metabolism.

Being healthy is best

Both Botox and dermal fillers come with the risk of side effects. Any associated risks and concerns should be discussed with your healthcare provider during your consultation appointment before your first treatment. In order to have the best results from both Botox or dermal fillers, you should be in overall good health, minimizing the risk of side effects.

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