If you’ve ever wondered, “what’s the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?” You’re not the only one. Here’s a quick explanation.
So what exactly is Botox?
Botox (or Dysport) is a treatment that is used to treat wrinkles, mostly in the upper face and around the eyes. You can see the more commonly treated areas here. The procedure involves injecting purified botulinum toxin into specific muscles of the face, weakening these muscles so that they cannot pull on the underlying skin; it is this repeated pulling that causes the skin to wrinkle. A skilled physician knows exactly where and how much botulinum toxin to inject to achieve wrinkle reduction while maintaining a natural look.
And what are dermal fillers?
Dermal Fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Selphyl) may also be used to correct wrinkles, but their primary purpose is to plump facial features (lips, cheeks, chin, and other areas) that have lost volume due to aging.
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected into the skin. They remain there for 6 to 18 months and while there attract water to the treatment site, and some also encourage collagen formation around the site as well; thus, the plumping effect is achieved by the combination of the presence of filler itself, as well as the increase in water and often the increase in collagen production at the treatment site.
Fillers are used primarily in the lower two thirds of the face to replace normal volume loss that is associated with aging, fill deep wrinkles in the lower face and those in the upper face that do not respond to treatment with Botox or Dysport, correct the appearance of crooked noses, correct the appearance of bags under the eyes, and for many other corrections.
The benefit of dermal fillers in the treatment of wrinkles occurs due to their plumping effect; when the skin of the treated area is stretched to it’s youthful size, wrinkles in that area fade.
Botox and Dermal Fillers: How do they compliment each other and work together?
Botox and dermal fillers are often used in combination to achieve the best results. They may be used simultaneously in the same treatment area depending on the desired treatment outcome. Let’s say you are starting to get wrinkles on your forehead and frown lines near your mouth, Botox would likely be used to erase the wrinkles of your forehead and dermal fillers might be used to fill in the lines along the edges of your mouth. Another example would be if you had wrinkles you want gone but would also like your lips to be a bit more fuller. Again, Botox or its equivalent (Dysport, Xeomin, etc.) would be used to wipe away the wrinkles and dermal fillers would be used to plump and balance your lips.