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What Is the Difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?


Many people think Botox and dermal fillers are interchangeable, but they're not. They do very different things. We've talked before about what Botox is and why it's so popular, but many people who are less familiar with cosmetic surgery wonder what the difference is between Botox and fillers. Here we will go over what they are and where they're used for best youthening effect.

What is Botox?

Botox is an injection of purified botulinum toxin (onabotulinumtoxinA) that reduces wrinkles by relaxing muscle activity. When the muscles of your face are active, they cause wrinkling. This wrinkling can be reduced by pinpointing and injecting Botox in those muscles. The amount of Botox used can be customized according to accommodate your wishes in terms of freedom of movement and the appearance of naturalness.

Where is Botox used?

Botox is used on specific spots of the face, most commonly the skin around the eyes (crow's feet), the area between the eyebrows (elevens), forehead lines, and lines surrounding the lips (smoker's lines and frown lines).

How long does Botox last?

Botox typically lasts from three to four months, depending on a number of factors, including age, lifestyle, skin condition, and the severity of the wrinkles.

What are dermal fillers?

Fillers are collagen injections in the skin. There are many brands of fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Young skin contains plentiful collagen, but as people age, the cells make less and less of it. Injections of dermal fillers add volume where volume has been lost in the face, making these areas appear plumper and more youthful. Fillers do not have any effect on muscle movement, but they do stimulate collagen growth where the collagen is injected.

Where are dermal fillers used?

Filler materials are good on the lower part of the face. They are commonly used in places like the nasolabial fold (the lines that run on either side of the nose to the mouth), creases under the mouth, in the lips themselves, around the eyes, and on the cheekbones. Because you use your mouth to speak and eat, injecting the areas around the lips with collagen can be a better anti-aging solution than relaxing the mouth muscles. Fillers can also be used to improve the appearance of aging hands and to balance out individual facial features or the symmetry of the face itself.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Depending on the type or brand, dermal fillers can last from 9 month to two years or even longer.

While Botox and dermal fillers are different products and work differently, they can and often are used in conjunction with each other to create a more youthful appearance than what either one could create by itself. If you're interested in turning back the clock on your face, call Bancroft Feldman and make an appointment to see our nurse injector. She would be happy to consult with you about your options to turn back the clock on your face in 2018.

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