Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: What’s The Difference?

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The Difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers

At Prive Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, FL two of the most popular treatment we offer are Botox and dermal filler treatments. These treatments are meant to give your face an instantly revitalized appearance. In this guide, we will explain similarities, and differences, how each treatment can complement the other, and the beauty benefits each one provides.

What Is Botox?

Botox can be characterized as a muscle relaxer. It uses botulinum toxin type A to temporarily paralyze or freeze muscles. This effect instantly reduces the appearance of aging signs in your skin, making it one of the most popular cosmetic options for people looking for a transformation with minimal downtime. Botox is a simple, safe, and effective treatment for the reduction of wrinkles around your face. Cosmetically, the injectable can be used in the area between the eyebrows to treat moderate to severe frown lines and around the eyes, also known as crow’s feet lines. For best results, we may recommend multiple treatments for treating deeper wrinkles and increasing longevity.

Botox celebrates 20 years of FDA approval and is even used to treat various medical problems in other areas of your body such as neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder, lazy eye, chronic migraines, and even cerebral palsy

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected under the skin to create a smoother and more volumized appearance. Restylane®, Juvederm®, and Sculptra® are some of the most well-known names in the dermal filler market. Dermal fillers can be safely used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles, increase the fullness of different facial features, correct acne scars, and restore facial fat loss. Multiple treatments are commonly required to reach optimal results. 

Fillers are used when an area of the face has lost fullness and has experienced a fading of natural contours. Dr. Wu can use them to fill hollows under the eyes, bolster the fullness of cheeks, or enhance the appearance of the jawline. 

Each of these substances takes a different approach:

  • Sculptra® which is made of Poly-L-lactic acid boosts collagen production, which provides tautness and elasticity to our skin.

  • Juvederm® and Restylane® are hyaluronic acid-based fillers that attract moisture and increase softness and volume to the area.

Why Are Dermal Fillers and Botox so popular? 

Dermal fillers and Botox are two of the most commonly used cosmetic treatments. There are several factors that make them so popular. For starters, these treatments require no downtime and can be performed quickly. This makes them accessible to anyone, even people with busy schedules. The results are also visibly fast compared to other cosmetic treatments with little to no discomfort. Unlike other more invasive procedures, Botox and dermal fillers require no anesthesia and have a minimal risk of side effects. Dermal fillers and Botox are extremely convenient and effective at reducing wrinkles and lines to leave your skin smooth and glowing. 

How Do Botox And Dermal Fillers Compliment Eachother?

Combining Botox and dermal fillers is beneficial because they treat different types of wrinkles. While Botox relaxes dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements like squinting and frowning, dermal fillers smooth out static wrinkles, which are visible even when the face is not moving. 

Combining Botox and dermal fillers addresses multiple areas of the face. Botox is typically used around the eyes and forehead, whereas dermal fillers are generally used on the middle and lower areas of the face.

Using Botox and dermal fillers together can also help the treatment results last longer. The hyaluronic acid in many fillers tends to break down faster in areas of the face that are constantly in motion. It can be helpful to first use Botox to freeze the muscle movement, so the hyaluronic acid is less likely to break down as fast.

Dr. Wu is the expert in cosmetic correction and will guide you through your options by recommending products and treatment areas. In some cases, injectables can also be used to treat areas of the body.

Am I The Right Candidate For Botox And Dermal Fillers?

If you want to reduce aging signs and leave your skin radiant, even-toned, and youthful cosmetic injections may be right for you. Dr. Wu and the Prive Plastic Surgery team are ready to serve you. With a wide range of treatments and world-class facilities, you are sure to be glowing after every visit. Call 561-902-1886 today to schedule your appointment and see how Botox and dermal fillers can help you meet your beauty goals.