According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were over 9 million botox and dermal filler treatments in 2015 alone. They remain a popular choice for aesthetic treatments due to how minimally invasive they are. However, despite their popularity, there are some things you need to know about the two and how they affect your body. Before you commit, it would be wise to read up on some of the differences. Lucky for you, we’ve done the leg work for you, so you can just read the simplified version and get an idea which ones suit you best.
Botox Vs. Dermal Filler
Just to refresh your memories, botox is a treatment that uses the purified form of botulinum toxin to soften and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the skin. Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the targeted muscles, effectively paralyzing or “freezing” those selected muscles.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are designed to be injected under the surface of the skin with the purpose of adding more volume. As their name suggests, Dermal Fillers fill in space beneath the skin that has lost volume due to aging and other conditions.
The main difference between the two lies in the application and what kind of aesthetic the client wants to correct.
Botox, in general, is only effective at correcting wrinkles caused by muscle movement beneath the immediate area of treatment. These areas of wrinkles are caused by our natural facial expressions when we demonstrate emotions, such as smiling and frowning – hence why they’re called expression lines. Botox will not work on facial lines that are caused by loss of volume, sagging or other fine lines in the cheeks, neck and jowl areas.
Dermal Fillers serve the opposite function of botox, and that is to correct loss of volume due to aging, fill in static wrinkles or fine lines on the lower face, fill in recessed scars, enhance any shallow areas in the client’s face and much more. To an extent, anything related to the loss of collagen or elasticity in the skin can be corrected with the different types of dermal fillers.
So, what do you think? For those of you considering getting botox or dermal fillers, did you find this article helpful? If you still have questions about the two, or you’re trying to decide which one is best for your skin type and complexion, feel free to reach out to us at Rejuvie Clinic.