Botox and dermal fillers can both be used to improve your appearance, take years off your face, and boost your confidence, but which should you choose?
Keep reading to learn more about your options
The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin A. It works by temporarily weakening the muscles in your face. It is injected into the target area using tiny needles. The procedure is quite quick, and it usually takes 15-30 minutes. Patients usually see results a few days after the procedure and the results can last for 3-6 months.
Botox is a trusted method for treating wrinkles and it has been used for many years. In most cases it is used specifically to target wrinkles that are caused by repetitive facial expressions. It can be used to treat forehead lines, brow furrows, and crow’s feet, as well as other areas of the face. As a general rule, Botox is often used to treat the upper third of the face.
Dermal fillers work differently than Botox, but they can also improve the appearance of lines on the face. Dermal fillers are particularly good at reducing the appearance of deep creases—these are often lines that aren’t caused by muscle movement.
Dermal fillers are also often used to restore lost volume to the cheeks and lips. As people age, they loose volume in the cheeks and the lips become thinner—this can make you look older. Dermal fillers can restore a youthful contour to your face.
There are many different dermal fillers available and each dermal filler comes with specific advantages. Common dermal fillers include JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, RADIESSE®, Perlane®, and Sculptra®. In some situations, the patient’s own fat can be removed through liposuction and reused as a facial filler.
Results will vary depending on which filler you use, but in some cases the results can last for up to a year. In general, dermal fillers are used to restore volume and to treat lines that are not caused by facial movements.
If you’d like to learn more about Botox and dermal fillers, schedule a consultation with Dr. D’Amico.