Are you interested in a non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatment, but you’re not sure whether you need botox or fillers? That’s not surprising, since the line between the two treatments is somewhat blurred. Before making a decision, it’s best to find out what is the difference between dermal fillers and botox.
Dermal fillers and botox are popular cosmetic treatments that may appear similar at a glance, but are actually very different procedures. So before considering treatment it’s helpful to understand how they work.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers or facial fillers are injectable treatments that smooth the appearance of the skin by filling in lines and wrinkles and adding volume to sunken, depressed regions of the face. They can also enhance the shape and size of the lips.
How dermal fillers work
Dermal fillers add subtle volume to wrinkles and folds, as well as hollow regions such as the cheeks and temple area.
There are a variety of dermal fillers available, but hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are the most popular. HA is a naturally occurring substance that keeps the skin plump and supple. HA is abundant in the body when you are young, but as you age the skin cells produce less of this important component. As a result, the skin support weakens, and it becomes thin and fragile.
Fillers with HA are especially beneficial for facial rejuvenation because HA attracts and retains water. Therefore when HA fillers are injected beneath the skin the HA draws water molecules from the surrounding areas and holds them, much like a sponge. This hydrates the skin, and that’s why it appears plump after dermal filler treatment.
The results of facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers can last 6-18 months, depending on the type of filler used.
What is Botox?
Botox is a natural purified protein that is derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It is used to reduce the appearance of dynamic facial wrinkles, which are caused by the repetitive motion of facial muscles linked to expressions such as laughing, frowning, and squinting. This makes botox ideal for treating moderate to severe frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.
How botox works
Botox is a muscle relaxer, and it temporarily relaxes the muscles responsible for forming dynamic wrinkles. A tiny needle is used to inject botox into the muscles and it emits an enzyme that inhibits the release of signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing muscle contraction. Since the muscles are unable to contract, the look of wrinkles and creases in the overlying skin improves over time.
There may be some slight swelling and bruising after botox injections but this can be easily concealed with makeup, so there is no real downtime.
The duration of botox varies among individuals, but typically ranges from 3-6 months.
What is the difference between dermal fillers and botox?
Dermal fillers and botox are both effective facial rejuvenation treatments, but their mechanism of action is completely different.
Fillers stimulate collagen growth and work below the surface to plump the skin and smooth wrinkles, promoting a youthful look. In comparison, botox works by reducing the activity of the facial muscles that cause wrinkles to develop.
Dermal fillers restore volume to the face which is generally lost because of the decline in collagen and elastin with age. Collagen and elastin are fibers that keep the skin plump and elastic, and contribute to a youthful appearance, but levels decline over time. Some dermal fillers stimulate collagen production and this helps the skin rebuild its own natural collagen, causing it to become plumper and smoother.
Also, dermal fillers and botox are not interchangeable, as they target different regions of the face. Dermal fillers shape and lift the face by reducing lines around the nose and mouth, plumping the cheeks, and enhancing the lips. On the other hand, botox targets the upper third of the face as it improves forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
Would you like to find out more about dermal fillers and botox?
If you are in the Indianapolis, IN area, contact Fundamentals Med Spa for additional information.
Call 317-222-7546 to set up a consultation.