When it comes to non-surgical cosmetic procedures designed to help you have a more youthful appearance, BOTOX® and dermal fillers are some of the most popular treatments. However, when a person really gets interested in doing something about their wrinkles, they do not know which is the better option for them. When it comes to BOTOX® vs. fillers, the right treatment will depend on the unique situation.
The very first thing that a person needs to understand is what BOTOX® does and what dermal fillers do. This will help you to determine which treatment option is right for you.
BOTOX® is injected directly into the facial muscles. The purified protein solution that it contains relaxes the facial muscles. Since it affects the muscles, it is used in order to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are the wrinkles that develop due to making consistent facial expressions.
Dermal fillers are injected into the face in order to replace lost facial volume. They can also be used to fill in wrinkles and add an attractive contour to a particular area of the face as well. Dermal fillers are primarily used in order to help individuals who are dealing with static wrinkles.
So, how do you know if you have dynamic wrinkles or static wrinkles? The answer is simple. Take a second and look in the mirror. When you are making absolutely no facial expression, do you see wrinkles? If you do, you are dealing with static wrinkles. These are the result of lost facial volume. A simple dermal filler treatment may be all that is needed in order to fill in that lost volume and treat your fine lines and wrinkles.
Now, take a second and make some facial expressions while you are looking in the mirror. Do you see wrinkles forming when you frown, smile or make other expressions? While it is true that everyone experiences wrinkles as a result of making facial expressions to some extent, the older we get, the deeper those wrinkles get. So, these types of wrinkles are best treated with BOTOX®. Since this procedure will allow those muscles to relax, the skin on top of those muscles will stay nice and smooth.
There are times when we recommend that our patients use both BOTOX® and dermal fillers. This may be helpful in a situation where a person still has wrinkles on their face after dynamic wrinkles have been treated. These products combined can have a big effect on your overall appearance and help you look much younger.
When deciding between BOTOX® vs. fillers, it is important to understand that both treatments require you to be in good overall health. During a consultation at the office of Dr. Michael Sohl, you can learn more about which treatment may be best in your situation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Stuart.