Botox VS. Dermal Fillers

When you are choosing a cosmetic treatment for your facial wrinkle treatment needs, you may want to consider looking into both Botox and dermal fillers. While these two procedures do provide similar results in a sense, they also provide results that offer independent benefits and are more useful for specific types of aging needs. By becoming familiar with the differences between these two different types of facial injection treatments, you can choose the one that is best suited for your needs.

The two main differences between Botox and dermal fillers are their mechanisms of action. When Botox is injected into the skin it targets muscles and has a medical effect on them. Botox will relax the muscles and keep them relaxed for about 2-3 months, which eliminates the appearance of wrinkles. Derma is considered to be a filler, which is injected into the skin to occupy empty space. A dermal filler has no medical effects, just the physical ones that are seen after the procedure. Derma goes under the lines and wrinkles, basically pushing them out by taking up the space underneath.

Botox is an ideal choice for deep set wrinkles that have occurred over several years and are very pronounced. It takes a lot to get deep wrinkles to disappear and Botox can make it happen. Once the muscles are injected with the Botox, it will take about 10 days for the muscles to relax, and about 2-3 weeks for the creases to be completely eliminated. Botox is also idea for the forehead, crow’s feet, and sometimes for lines around the lips, depending on the extent of them.

Folds in the skin that are caused by gravity taking its toll on the facial skin will be better suited for dermal injections. This loose skin simply needs to be filled in to get rid of the fold, so the dermal is placed there through injections in various areas on the face. These folds often occur from the nose to the corner of the mouth and the drooping can become quite pronounced. Also, as we age, the ends of the lips tend to drop down as well, which creates a constant look of sadness, even when enjoying a fun activity. Dermal can fill in these folds and lift up the corners of the mouth to create a younger looking appearance.

If you’re still having a hard time deciding between the two, many patients are happy to find that the best choice for their skin is both. As the face ages, it will not only encounter lines and wrinkles, but sagging as well. By using both of the procedures, instead of choosing one, you’ll be able to achieve the best results from your dermal or Botox injections. When you meet with a professional for your consultation, they’ll be able to give you advice as to which treatment is the best for your needs, and if you would benefit from using both of these injection facial procedures to take years off of your appearance.