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The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

Are you noticing more wrinkles across your face in areas that used to be smooth and plump? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Time comes for us all and wrinkles are an inevitable occurrence as we grow older. The skin cells don’t have the same vitality that they used to, or they lose elasticity, or you’ve overworked the muscles near your eyes and lips (which is completely natural). As a result, you look older and you may feel as if your youth is slipping away from you. The good news is there are corrective and easy treatments to remove wrinkles and add that plumpness back to your face. To remove the ravages of time, you have the option between Botox (or another cosmetic botulinum toxin like Dysport or Jeuveau) or dermal fillers. Both provide a look of rejuvenation and youth for your face and treat wrinkles to avoid the look of excess aging. While they both provide anti-gaining properties to make you look (and subsequently feel) younger and more beautiful, they treat wrinkles (and in most cases, areas of the face) differently. To figure out if Botox or dermal fillers are right for you, we’ve created this handy guide to help.

Botox

We’ve written about Botox injections before, but to sum up, Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau freeze wrinkles and blocks the nerves at the affected site. By doing so, the muscles don’t suffer as much use and therefore the wrinkles are able to soften, if not outright disappear. It can also help soften and smooth the skin around these affected areas, so you never need to worry about an unnatural appearance. Botox is most effective in wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Squinting, frowning, and daily facial expressions cause the muscles in these areas to be uses and stretched, but a simple Botox injection can correct more aggressive cases with ease.

Dermal fillers

As the name implies, dermal fillers are filling agents for your skin to add plumpness and softness back to your face. The added volume from the fillers plump up the sagging wrinkled areas and allows the surrounding muscles to continue working. Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm, Radiesse, and Restylane, are great for treating thinning lips, areas where the skin cells have slowed their regrowth, and under the eyes. Botox injections typically last between three-six months, so a simple recurring appointment with our spa is advised. Dermal fillers have more variety around them and can last between six months and two years; it’s best to consult with our staff to determine which dermal fillers are right for you and to set up recurring appointments based on the duration of the treatment. If you’re tired of not being happy when you look in the mirror and facing wrinkles, call or email us today to set up your anti-aging appointment! We’ll be happy to go over the benefits of Botox and dermal fillers to help you make the right choice.