By now, you probably know that Botox and dermal fillers are some of the most popular anti-aging solutions available at medical spas. Each treatment is designed to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Both types of injections are quick, convenient, and can deliver timely results.
So when it comes down to it, what are the main differences between Botox and dermal fillers – and which one is right for you?
Let’s take a look!
- What They Treat: While most patients are aware that Botox and dermal fillers treat wrinkles and fine lines, both contain unique compounds designed to expertly treat specific areas. Botox is best for stubborn forehead wrinkles (aka frown lines) and crow’s feet, while dermal fillers help to address wrinkles in the cheeks and around the mouth (particularly the nasolabial folds) by enhancing volume. Generally speaking, Botox is applied to wrinkles around expression lines whereas dermal fillers are reserved for areas unaffected by muscle contractions. Some dermal fillers can even be used to address lip lines while adding volume.
- Their Main Ingredients: Botox contains botulinum toxin type A, a protein that relaxes muscles at the injection site. This results in a tightening appearance, helping to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that encourages the production of collagen and elastin to retain more moisture. This helps boost volume, which can also aid in the appearance of tighter skin.
- How Long They Last: Botox results can last anywhere from 3-4 months, making this treatment a little more high maintenance than other injectables. Dermal fillers typically have longer lasting outcomes. For example, Juvederm patients generally experience results lasting between 9 months to 1 year.
- Dermal Fillers Come in Variety: While Botox is in a class of its own, there are many different dermal fillers, and each contain unique properties to treat signs of aging in various areas, such as the cheeks, lips, and back of the hands. We’ve already mentioned Juvederm, a popular option for softening the crease between the nose and the mouth (aka nasolabial fold). It can also be used to add volume to the lips. Voluma is an effective solution for adding volume to cheeks for an instant contour and lift to the lower face. And finally, to soften the appearance of smokers lines (those vertical lines around the mouth), patients often turn to Volbella. Dermal fillers can aid in a variety of cosmetic corrections and can even serve as a non-surgical option to procedures such as chin augmentation or reshaping of the nose.
Curious what injectable regiment is best for your needs? Schedule a consultation with our experts at Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics in Cerritos, CA today or call (562) 865-0802!
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