Botox versus Dermal Fillers

As we grow older, our skin — and therefore our face — changes. Skin grows thin as we get older and therefore we wear our years for all to see in the form of creases, wrinkles, sagging skin, sunken features, and more. Thanks to years of research and breakthroughs in science, we can halt the ravages of time on our beauty and retain youthful glow and fullness for longer, or we can reverse the effects of aging to restore the luster of our younger years. The two main ways to achieve this are through botox and dermal fillers.

Many people don’t quite understand the difference between Botox and dermal fillers. We’ve all heard of Botox at one point or another and how it can tighten skin and remove wrinkles. Looking at dermal fillers and trying to define it would come out to something like “skin filler,” which isn’t necessarily wrong, but it doesn’t capture the beauty of the process. While the two are similar in that they are noninvasive injections that can halt or reverse signs of aging, how they achieve that is markedly different.

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is derived from bacteria and in the small amounts regulated to injections can fix wrinkles that have rooted deep into your face and body. If a wrinkle was caused by muscle movement, Botox is the solution to soften or remove them. The Botox injection freezes the nerves of the muscles where wrinkles lie and stops them from developing any further. Additionally, it alleviates the stress of those wrinkles which can cause them to go away entirely. It is not a permanent solution and requires semi-frequent treatment (roughly quarterly per year), but is a simple procedure to turn back time.

Dermal fillers, as opposed to Botox, plump up areas where the skin has grown thin (or was never very thick to begin with). Two of the main areas where dermal fillers shine are in the cheeks and lips; with one simple injection, sunken cheeks are full of life again and lips are plump and youthful. Unlike Botox, dermal fillers last a bit (to more than quite a bit) longer, some reaching upwards of two years.

There is no rule that says you can’t handle your years with grace and retain your youth. One afternoon hardly more burdensome than going to the dentist is all it takes to see a younger, more joyful you in the mirror. If you’re tired of wrinkles and thin skin due to aging, contact us today to learn more about Botox and dermal fillers and how they can help you achieve your ideal image. Our experts are happy to discuss the pros, cons, and considerations of all of our services and to guide you towards the best course of action.