Fine lines, wrinkles, and folds 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 like sun exposure, smoking, repeated facial expressions, and a loss of collagen. If your signs of aging aren’t that severe or you’re not quite ready for a surgical procedure, you’ve likely looked into injectable solutions like Botox and fillers. The two types of formulas appear to treat the same things, but work entirely different 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 contract. 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 blocked, you are free to express yourself with fewer lines and wrinkles.
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 in 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 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 the tissues underneath your skin 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 Sculptra® work to stimulate your own collagen production, filling in your wrinkles over time. 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.