What is the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?

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Botox®

Botulinum Toxin is one of the most popular ways to treat and combat wrinkles. Since 2015, there were 6.7 million Botox procedures administered, which is a 759 percent increase since 2000. This type of injectable is primarily used for the treatment and prevention of facial wrinkles. However, it can also be used as an effective treatment for other conditions such as migraines. Since the product was approved by the FDA, it has steadily become one of the most preferred and common anti-aging treatments.

This type of injectable works best on certain areas of an individual's face where dynamic wrinkles are present, which include:

  • Crow's feet -
  • Vertical Wrinkles Located Between the Eyebrows
  • Horizontal Wrinkles Located on the Forehead
  • Neck bands

The procedure is simple and only takes a few minutes. Unlike facial fillers, the effects of this injectable will take a few days to appear, and most patients see the full results in about a week. Although it is uncommon, some patients may experience slight bruising where the product was administered, but any bruising should be gone within a few days. The effects of Botox® will last four to eight months.

 

 

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Facial Filler Injectables

Among cosmetic procedures, there has also been a steady rise in facial filler treatments. In 2015, there were 2.4 million treatments administered, which is a 274 percent rise since 2000. Botulinum Toxin and filler injectables are both effective treatments to reduce facial wrinkles and create a youthful appearance. However, facial filler injections will not relax facial muscles. These injections fill wrinkles, which will create a smooth, plump, and more youthful appearing skin. Botox® treats wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles.

These injections/fillers are also more commonly known as Hyaluronic Acids (HA).

There are many types of dermal filler injectables, examples of HA injections include:

  • Radiesse
  • Juvederm
  • Belotero
  • Perlane
  • Restylane
  • Sculptra

Although they all function the same, they differ in chemical structure, longevity, and softness. Softer fillers are appropriate for treating delicate areas like the lips, tear troughs, and fine lines around the lips; while firmer filler injectables are used more for filling volume in the desired treatment areas.

For many individuals, fillers are an ideal way to treat wrinkles with minimal risk or side effects and are very cost effective and not to mention they are far short of surgery. Patients can receive the procedure in the doctor's office in under an hour. Filler injectables will last about six months to a year after the treatment, which is dependent on the type of filler that was used and the area that was treated.

 

Which Injectable Treatment is Right for You?

There are many factors an individual should consider when choosing which injectable treatment is best for his or her goals. For those who want to treat dynamic wrinkles, Botox is the better choice as it effectively reduces muscle motion and th softens wrinkles. Those who want to treat static wrinkles, which are wrinkles that are present without facial expression, will benefit from a filler product. Filler products will effectively add fullness to static wrinkles, which will produce a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Both of these injectables are ideal ways to treat facial wrinkles and look more youthful and refreshed. To decide which is more appropriate for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jarminski to determine if Botox, HA, or both are right for you.