When talking about non-surgical cosmetic procedures, two of the major procedures you hear about are BOTOX® and dermal fillers. When it comes down to BOTOX® vs. fillers, many people believe that the treatments do the exact same thing. However, they are drastically different. It is true that both products are used to reverse the premature signs of aging, but the way that they accomplish their goals could not be farther from each other. Dermal fillers and BOTOX® address wrinkles, but they each address a unique type of wrinkles.
BOTOX®, in its most simplistic form, is a muscle relaxer. It has the ability to interfere with the signals transmitted by your nervous system to the muscles in the treated area. BOTOX® has been on the market for decades. Before it was used in the cosmetic field, it was used to help individuals battling with neurological disorders. As a wrinkle treatment, the focus of BOTOX® is dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are primarily seen around your mouth, on your forehead, and around your eyes. As you get older, dynamic wrinkles become more pronounced. BOTOX® is designed to relax the muscles that lead to the creation of wrinkles. When the muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles that they cause eventually disappear.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, treat static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are the wrinkles you develop on your face as a result of facial volume loss. Similar to BOTOX®, dermal fillers are injectables. They provide temporary results and are designed to address soft tissue areas. Dermal fillers come in a wide range of formulas. Some of the more popular dermal fillers on the market use hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a material that your body naturally produces to collect moisture and add lubrication to your joints. As you get older, your body makes less hyaluronic acid, and so dermal fillers can replace what was lost.
Regarding the results of BOTOX® vs. fillers, both treatments provide great results to the vast majority of people. Most people will see beneficial results from these treatments for multiple months at a time. And both treatments can be repeated at our office as needed for ongoing results.