The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

Whether it’s deep creases on the forehead or sagging skin, an aging face will look different from one person to another. Fortunately, with the popularity of dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, and neuromodulator injections, such as Botox, you don’t have to settle for droopy and wrinkled skin anymore, regardless of your age.

But it could tough to determine which treatment would work best for you. That being said, here’s a quick guide on how these two treatments work to figure out which one would be most suitable for you.

What exactly is Botox and what can it treat?

Botox, the brand name of a particular neuromodulator injection is used for treating wrinkles and fine lines by preventing the underlying muscle from moving temporarily. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Botox is effective for treating most forehead creases, frown lines in between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet.

It’s also one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. According to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in Salt Lake City for instance where there are more plastic surgeons for each person than in Los Angeles, cosmetic procedures like Botox is one of the most sought after treatments.

What are dermal fillers and what can they treat?

Dermal fillers are basically injectable substances made up of hyaluronic acid. They’re used for replacing lost volume and lines on the face.

While Botox is most effective for treating lines and wrinkles that are due to muscle contraction, dermal fillers are most effective for wrinkles and lines that occur when your muscles aren’t contracting such deep laugh lines or nasolabial folds. They’re also used for restoring volume and recontouring the lips and cheeks.

How do you select the right practitioner for the treatment?

Patients typically come to clinics and complain to the practitioner about a certain line on their face they would want to get rid of. Reputable practitioners, however, won’t just look at eliminating that particular line but would examine the patient’s face thoroughly to better determine how a patient’s face looks overall because treating just one line could result in an unnatural appearance.

In most cases, a patient will also say that they look grumpy or sad because of that particular line. In cases like this, it’s rarely one line that’s causing them to look at themselves this way, but many different factors and a good practitioner must discuss all available treatment options to get the best possible results. Basically, choose a practitioner that knows what he or she’s doing.

Which cosmetic treatment is right for you?

Woman getting botox

Put simply, Botox will work best for expression lines, while dermal fillers work best for all other facial lines. If you’re mainly concerned about accentuated expressions lines like on your forehead, between your eyebrows, and around your eyes, then Botox will be perfect for you.

On the other hand, if you want to get rid of deeper facial lines and facial areas that look saggy and hollow, fillers will be perfect for you.

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