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BOTOX® vs. Dermal Fillers: Which is Right for You?

young woman with smooth face

young woman with smooth face

When it comes to rejuvenating your appearance, innovations in modern cosmetic care have made it easy for men and women to look younger and feel more confident without having to turn to cosmetic surgery. Of the available non-surgical options, BOTOX® and dermal fillers remain among the most popular solutions and have helped countless patients recreate their more useful appearance.

However, choosing the right solution can be a challenge. If you’re weighing your options between BOTOX® and dermal injectables, here’s what you need to know.

What’s the difference?

While BOTOX® and dermal fillers both aim to help patients look younger, each offer very different methods to address the signs of aging. As a neurotoxin-based treatment, BOTOX® is uniquely able to block nerve receptors in targeted muscles.

This allows the treatment to temporarily stop wrinkles from developing and deepening, ultimately smoothing out these unwanted lines. In contrast, dermal fillers use injected gel-like substance to create volume in areas where slowing collagen production and damage has diminished an individual’s full, youthful appearance. This volume-enhancing injection can be made from a variety of substances, although some of the more popular and best known options are developed from hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in skin.

The difference in formula also translates into a difference in results. Whereas BOTOX® looks to smooth wrinkles and fine lines by restricting muscle movement, dermal fillers add volume to sinking facial features.

If you have…

Aging affects each individual differently. While some may see fine lines and wrinkles are causing them to look older than their years, others may see aging as sagging cheeks and thinning lips. During your consultation, Madison, CT dermatologist will evaluate your appearance to identify how aging is affecting your appearance and will then make a recommendation for the right cosmetic treatment. Which treatment you’ll be recommended depends on your primary concern. 

Diminishing facial volume

Diminishing collagen production is a natural part of getting older but can significantly transform an individual’s appearance. Areas like the lips and cheeks are especially vulnerable to this common sign of aging. For these patients, dermal fillers can be an effective treatment solution by adding much needed volume without appearing cartoonish. Over the years, many of the leading brands like Juvéderm® and Restylane® have developed a full suite of dermal filler options, each tailored to meet the varying needs of different facial features. As a result, patients also have more choice in their desired formula and application options.

Crow’s feet or lines between the eyebrows

While wrinkles may start out barely perceptible, they can quickly deepen to become a dominating facial feature. Common ones like crows’ feet and “elevens” (lines between the eyebrows) typically develop as a result of continued muscle movement, which combined with diminishing collagen production causes these lines to deepen into creases.

In these instances, temporarily freezing muscle movement with BOTOX® is the best way to prevent these wrinkles from worsening. As the injections last anywhere from three to six months, the results are not permanent, allowing patients to gradually adjust injections sites in a way that slows wrinkle development without risking the frozen appearance.

Combination of Wrinkles and Thinning Facial Features

For some, the signs of aging can appear almost simultaneously. For these individuals, it can be almost impossible to prioritize one concern over another. At Aria DermSpa, our experienced dermatologist may recommend combination treatment for a fully rejuvenated yet natural looking appearance. In this scenario, wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement may be initially treated with BOTOX® or a similar neurotoxin treatment. Follow-up treatment with dermal fillers is then completed to add volume to areas like the cheeks, below the eyes and the lips.

Ready? Schedule your consultation today!

With options like dermal fillers and BOTOX®, it’s never been easier for patients to rejuvenate their appearance. At Aria DermSpa, our team is committed to helping all individuals regain lost confidence in their looks through tailored cosmetic treatments. To learn more about the advantages that come with anti-aging treatments like BOTOX® and dermal fillers, call (203) 421-6674 today and schedule your consultation with our specialist today!