There are many ways people try to fight off the signs of aging, healthy diet, exercise, and some selfcare treatments all go a long way in helping you keep a youthful appearance. When looking for aesthetic clinic treatments that can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, injectables top the list. Arguably the two most popular treatments are Botox and Dermal Fillers, both options are minimally invasive and help restore that coveted youthful appearance. However, both treatments achieve this result in very different ways.
Below we examine the differences between Botox and Dermal Fillers
What Is Botox?
Botox (botulinum toxin) is a protein obtained from Clostridium Botulinum bacteria and when injected into the area being treated, it causes the muscles in that area to freeze. Due to this reaction, Botox is injected as cosmetic treatments to reduce wrinkles and fine lines that resulted from facial expressions.
Botox blocks the nerve signals from reaching the muscles in the treated area, causing these muscles to become frozen or paralyzed temporarily. Over time the wrinkles and fine lines in these areas will soften, reduce, and fade away.
However, Botox is more effective on wrinkles and fine lines caused by normal muscle movement called the expression lines. It may not work as well on wrinkles and fine lines caused by sagging or loss of facial plumpness. Botox helps to fix lines on the upper face, crow’s feet around the eyes, and horizontal lines on the forehead. These wrinkles are usually caused by frowning, smiling, squinting, and facial expressions.
What are Fillers?
Fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are a cosmetic procedure that involves injecting substances into a treatment area to add volume and fullness to the area. Fillers work especially well in areas that have thinned as a result of ageing. Dermal fillers are an effective way to restore volume and fill in lines and wrinkles providing you with a more attractive, youthful look. The filers’ effects can last from 6 months to 2 years, or more.
Fillers can be injected into different areas to improve the look and volume of the treatment area. Dermal Fillers can remove wrinkles under the eyes, plump up lips, enhance shadows or thinned areas on the face and soften lower face static wrinkles.
It is important to know that Botox and Dermal Fillers have distinct differences:
Botox relaxes the muscles of the injected area and leaves them in a paralyzed state, as the muscles in this area cannot receive nervous signals to move. Botox is best suited for the forehead, around the brows, on the chin and around the eyes or crow’s feet.
Dermal fillers restore facial volume and smoothen out wrinkles and lines in the treated area by filling them in. Dermal fillers plump up areas such as your cheeks, thin lips, and forehead.
Botox contains botulinum toxin, while fillers contain either hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, polylactic acid, polyalkylimide, or polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres. The substances in Botox and Dermal Fillers are quite different as they are meant for different uses.
Botox can last up to four months, while Dermal Fillers’ results vary based on the brand used. A popular brand we use in our clink, Juvederm Ultra last up to 1 year.
Whether you decide to pamper yourself with Botox, Dermal Fillers or both, letting a professional administer the procedure can make a huge difference on the result and your health and safety. At Silverado Medical and Aesthetic clinic, we are your premier location for nonsurgical and minimally invasive injectable solutions such as Botox and Dermal Fillers. All of our procedures are doctor supervised. Give us a call today at 403-873-8999 to book your free consultation.