The world of injectables can be confusing. This is especially true if you're a novice. Need some guidance? Here's everything you need to know about Botox versus fillers.
The ins and outs of Botox
Botox, like dermal fillers, is an injectable medication that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But unlike dermal fillers, it temporarily relaxes facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Botox consists of botulinum toxin, which is a natural protein that attaches to nerve endings to prevent muscles from contracting.
Botox is only effective on dynamic lines and wrinkles. These are lines and wrinkles that occur when your face forms expressions, such as smiling or frowning. Botox is effective on frown lines, smile lines, and crow's feet. Results tend to last between three and six months, and then you'll need to have another treatment done.
Most women don't experience significant side effects with Botox. You might encounter some slight bruising and swelling after a treatment, but this tends to subside within a day or two. You'll be able to resume your normal activities right away.
All about dermal fillers
While Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles, dermal fillers typically treat static ones. Static lines and wrinkles are present when you're not forming facial expressions. They occur when collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid found in the body decrease with age. Dermal fillers can help give you a more youthful look by lifting and smoothing wrinkles and folds.
Most dermal fillers, like Juvederm, are made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. When injected into lines, wrinkles, and folds, they help draw moisture into the area. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds.
You'll notice results right away, and results tend to last up to 18 months, depending on the specific product used. Effects gradually soften over time, so you won't notice a dramatic change as the dermal filler wears off.
Botox and dermal fillers actually complement each other
Because Botox and dermal fillers treat different types of lines, wrinkles, and folds, they actually complement one another. Combining Botox and dermal fillers help treat multiple areas of the face simultaneously. Botox is usually used around the eyes and forehead, whereas dermal fillers tend to be used on the middle and lower areas of the face. You should consult with a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon to find out how dermal fillers and Botox can give you a more youthful appearance.