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.

6 Ways to Look Younger without Surgery

Your skin is the first thing people see when you meet them. Healthier looking skin is a sign of a healthy body, which not only makes us look good, but feel good too. While they say 40 is the new 20, it can be hard to ignore those fine lines and wrinkles that come with time. Even with excellent care, some signs of aging are inevitable. But not everyone is ready to take the step to surgery, so if a more affordable, less abrasive alternative to younger looking skin is what you’re looking for, you have a variety of options to explore.

Here are 6 ways we can help you look as young as you feel without surgery.

  1. Botox

    One of the most well-known anti-aging, cosmetic procedures offers a painless and anesthesia-free solution to mild, moderate and severe facial wrinkles. Botox is a purified protein that produces a smoother-looking brow through small injections directly into the muscle. As the nerves become restricted, the muscle movement is reduced until facial lines on the forehead and around the eyes start to fade.

    Botox is FDA-approved, and as the best botox doctor in Montgomery County, PA, Best Impressions Med Spa has safely treated thousands of patients with botox injectables in Collegeville, the Main Line and throughout the surrounding area. Our renowned plastic surgeons offer a safe, relaxed and comfortable experience for each of the necessary Botox treatments. The effects last about 3-4 months, so consistent injects will yield the best results and may even elongate the effects of each treatment as you go.

  2. Ultherapy

    Ultherapy is an exciting alternative to a facelift, using ultrasound energy to help naturally lift and tighten skin on the eyebrow, neck, under chin/jawline and most recently, the decolletage. The process incorporates your body’s own healing process by stimulating collagen production to improve the appearance of loose and wrinkled skin.

    The Ultherapy process takes about 60-90 min with no recovery time to disrupt your every day routine. Many have seen immediate results, but typically gradual improvements occur over 2-3 months time as the new collagen forms. Results can last up to 3 years with maintenance required every other year following.

  3. Chemical Peels

    If sun damage, wrinkling or acne scarring is your target, then chemical peels may be the solution. This process offers a number of solutions to shed dead skin and improve skin tone. From our SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel to brighten the overall appearance of skin to our SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel that softens fine lines, wrinkles and skin roughness, you can find the right solution for your specific skin concerns.

    While we recommend 4-6 treatments for optimal results, you’ll notice a difference in just one visit. Whether you’re just looking for more radiant skin or your damage is much more severe, chemical peels offer something for everyone.

  4. Microdermabrasion

    Often referred to as an “instant facelift,” Microdermabrasion gently sands away a superficial layer of dead skin cells where acne scars, fine lines and discoloration all resides. Using a specialized diamond tip instrument, the procedure triggers an injury response in the body, causing it to naturally make way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the damaged skin.

    Our DermaSweep® treatment offers a similar, more tailored solution through the use of bristle tips. A vacuum pump gently lifts the skin surface to sweep away the dead layer more precisely and controlled. Both treatments offer immediate results with more visible, substantial results after about 6 treatments.

  5. Facial/Hydrafacial

    With three main types of facials, you can just the right pore-cleansing treatment for your skin needs, no matter what your schedule! Our Express Facial gets you in and out in 30 min. for a quick, refreshing cleanse, while our Hydrafacial combines all the benefits of a facial, peel and microdermabrasion into one stimulating, exfoliating treatment.

  6. Super Photofacial

This process utilizes advanced laser technology to target skin imperfections such as brown spots, acne scars, wrinkles and age spots for more radiant looking skin. The laser instrument emits intense pulsed light over the targeted areas of skin to stimulate natural collagen production while simultaneously destroying melin that causes uneven skin tones and age spots. With Super Photofacial, you’ll enjoy noticeable results in about just 5-7 days with about 4-5 sessions helping you achieve optimal results.

Our skin is the first thing people see when we meet them, so to achieve the skin you really want to help you look and feel your best, we’d love to help you find the right non-invasive solution for your skin type. Contact us to learn more.