What's the Difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

They’re two of the most widely requested cosmetic treatments out there, each given through injections. They’re both minimally invasive and offer great long-term solutions to wrinkle removal. But that’s where the similarities end. Like most people, you may think that Botox and Dermal Fillers are interchangeable solutions for facial enhancement, but their treatments are actually very different. If you’re considering injections to improve wrinkles and fine lines, get all the facts about your options from the experts of injectables and fillers in Montgomery County. Here are the real differences between Botox and Dermal Fillers.

What is Botox®?

First thing’s first, the term Botox is actually a brand name for a drug manufactured by Irish pharmaceutical companies. It’s scientific name is Botulinum toxin, which is the same substance used in many anti-wrinkle treatments all around the world. Botox is one of the many brands that manufacture this neurotoxic protein, along with Dysport and Xeomin; all of which were used in 7.23 million treatments in 2017.

How Does it Work?

Botulinum toxin is natural, purified form of protein, obtained from bacteria, which when used in tiny, regulated amounts can temporarily relax muscles around the eyes and mouth. Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the injection spots, causing the muscle to be temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Since the movement is retrained, it allows the softening, reduction and removal of the resulting wrinkles.

Botox is only effective on wrinkles and fine lines that appear due to muscle movement, known as dynamic wrinkles or “expression lines.” They’re caused by smiling , frowning and squinting as we age and are most commonly seen between brows, on the forehead and as crow’s feet around the eyes.  The results typically last about 3-4 months.

While Botox does not help with wrinkles that appear due to sagging skin or loss of plumpness in the face, it’s the perfect segway into its injectable opposition. Enter, Dermal Fillers.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers, often referred to as soft tissue fillers, are composed of a number of substances, each designed to treat signs of aging in different ways.

●      Hyaluronic acid found in various tissues and fluids in the body and add plumpness to the skin

●      The mineral-like compound, Calcium hydroxylapatite, found in bones

●      Polylactic acid that stimulates skin to make more collagen

●      A transparent gel called Polyalkylimide that is compatible with the body

●      Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA), a semi-permanent filler

All of these substances have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and are used by our doctors for the best lip and cheek filler injections in Montgomery, PA.

How Does it Work?

Dermal Fillers are used to treat static wrinkles, which are visible even when the face is relaxed or expressionless. As we age, our skin collagen decreases in volume, causing skin to become thinner and more prone to scarring.  Our body’s storage of Hyaluronic Acid also decreases over time, leading to folds, wrinkles and a sunken look in our skin. Dermal Fillers add volume and fullness to target areas such as smile lines, lips, cheeks, and even hands, while also reducing the appearance of scars. This plumpness leaves the face feeling rejuvenated and enhances those targeted features of the face by filling in shallow areas, removing shadows, and softening wrinkles and scars. 

The length of results tend to vary, but are much longer than those of Botox.  Typically, patients only need to return after 6 months to 2 years for follow-up treatment.

The Key Differences

Botox freezes the muscles to stop creases and lines caused by facial expressions and movement, while Dermal Fillers use substances to add volume or “fill in” areas that have become uneven or sunken. While Botox is mainly used around the upper face, such as the forehead and eyes, Dermal Fillers are commonly used to treat areas around the mouth, lips and cheeks, but also around the forehead. While results tend to vary in length for Dermal Fillers, they are typically upwards of 6 months vs. 3-4 months seen in Botox.

To learn more about your options for a rejuvenated, more youthful look with the best Dermal Fillers and Botox in Montgomery County and Bucks County, contact us to hear all about our treatments or schedule a consultation today.