What is the difference between Botox & Dermal Fillers?


What is the difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?


Most people have heard of Botox and Dermal Fillers. Many people believe they are the same thing, and with good reason. After all, Botox and Dermal Fillers can be seen as two tools that can be utilized to rejuvenate the face and bring back a youthful appearance, but their mechanism of action is entirely different, and they are best fit for different types of facial problems associated with aging.

What is Botox?

Botox is an injection that is used to block signals between the nerve and the muscles in the face. For years it was used to treat involuntary spasms, but in 2002 the FDA approved the substance for cosmetic use.

Cosmetically the inject can reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are most commonly seen in the forehead, around the eyes, between the brows and around the mouth. These are wrinkles that appear when the face is making an expression.

The effects of a Botox injection will last for between three to six months. How long you’ll remain wrinkle-free is mostly dependent on your muscularity and the number of treatments you receive. As the injection dissipates, the wrinkles will begin to reappear slowly. With regular Botox treatments, the lines may reappear lighter, and you may be able to go longer between treatments.

What is a Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers are injections that contain collagen. The filler is used to fill in areas of the skin that have been depleted of their collagen stores as part of the natural aging process. When the face begins to lose collagen, the skin naturally sags, and wrinkles are formed, by filling in the space created by the depletion the face plumps back up and has a more youthful appearance. The addition of the injectable can also stimulate the body’s natural collagen production.

Dermal fillers, unlike Botox, are used to treat static wrinkles and facial sagging. Static wrinkles are those that are visible when the face is both in motion and at rest. Dermal fillers can also be used to plump up thin lips or help with the reduction of wrinkles on the lips. They can also be used, in some cases, to contour areas of the face that a patient is unhappy with.

Dermal fillers are longer lasting than Botox. The effects of fillers can last upwards of two years. Some fillers, labeled as semi-permanent, may last upwards of 5 years. Some fillers can be reduced or removed using enzymes if the patient no longer wants the effect of the filler.

Which is a Better Option?

There is no better or worse option between these two treatments. Simply put, they treat two different problems and have completely different mechanisms of actions. If you are looking to remove the dynamic wrinkles that appear when you smile or frown, Botox is likely the treatment you are looking for. Because Botox blocks nerve signals to the muscle, these movement lines are treated most effectively with Botox.

If you are more interested in making the area around your mouth more supple or increasing your lip volume or the appearance of your lips, Dermal Fillers are more likely the treatment you are after. Because Dermal Fillers literally fill in the space left by collagen depletion, most patients see exceptional results instantly.

Finding the right treatment requires you, the patient, to be honest about what you want and what issues bother you the most. Dr. Madden will take it from there and help you better understand the benefits, limitations and potential outcomes of each procedure.

Each patient is an individual, and thus their cosmetic needs are unique. It is always best to speak to a professional about possible cosmetic procedures before making a decision. Contact Us for a consultation. Dr. Madden is happy to help you find a procedure that will restore your confidence and help you glow!