What is the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?
Do you look older than you feel? Imagine what it would feel like to turn back the clock a few years and look and feel younger and more vibrant. Botox and fillers can do that for you with minimal downtime and without the need to undergo expensive or risky surgery.
Fine lines and wrinkled skin are some of the first and most noticeable signs of aging! There are a number of factors that can contribute to early facial lines and wrinkles. These include smoking, excessive sun exposure, repeated facial expressions, and a loss of collagen. If signs of aging aren’t severe or you’re not quite ready for surgery yet, then injectables like Botox and fillers could be just what you are looking for. The two types of formulas appear to treat the same things, but work in entirely different ways from each other! So, what is the difference, and which one should you choose?
What is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator injectable that has a wide range of uses. When it comes to improving your lines and wrinkles, Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals telling the facial muscles to move. Botox only affects certain wrinkle-causing muscles when injected carefully, so you won’t need to worry about a “frozen look” after treatment when you choose a professional injector like Dr. Kayastha. With the nerve signals to the muscles blocked, you will notice the softening of wrinkles caused by muscular activity.
What can Botox treat?
Because Botox affects the muscles, the formula works best on dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that are only present or worsened with facial expressions. Do you have lines at the outer corners of your eyes when you smile? Do you have wrinkles on your forehead or between your brows when you frown? These are dynamic wrinkles, and Botox can help! The results of Botox will become noticeable in about four days, lasting for up to four months.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable, gel formulas that work by adding volume to your skin and underlying tissues to smooth out wrinkles and folds. There are several different types of fillers that work in slightly different ways, and some can even be added to the lips or cheeks to add volume and definition. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm® work by adding instant volume below the skin to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and deeper folds. Other formulas like Voluma work to add volume deep on top of your facial bones where volume has been lost. Depending on the formula, fillers can last for 6-24 months.
What can dermal fillers treat?
While Botox fights your dynamic wrinkles, fillers can address your static wrinkles. Static wrinkles and folds are those that are present when the face is relaxed, typically in the lower face. Fillers are often used to fill in lines around the nose and mouth. Some formulas can be used to subtly enhance the lips, lift the cheeks, and restore under-eye volume. Because there are so many different formulas, Dr. Kayastha will meet with you to determine what you are a candidate for.
Which one is right for you?
The formula that is right for you will depend on the types of wrinkles you experience and your goals for results. Botox and fillers can even be combined during treatment for optimal improvements. The Best way to determine which injectable solutions are right for you is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kayastha.