Both Botox and dermal fillers can be used to mitigate the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. While Botox is used to soften overactive muscles and smooth wrinkles, dermal fillers are used to essentially fill in wrinkles and contour the face. While both of these treatments can deliver truly phenomenal results, it is important to note that there are several crucial differences between them. Here is what you need to know when trying to choose between Botox and dermal fillers.
Botox relaxes, while dermal fillers fill. Botox relaxes overactive muscles in order to soften lines and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This is because the botulinum toxin in Botox temporarily impairs the nerve function of the muscle into which it is injected, rendering the muscle incapable of making the movement that causes the wrinkle in the skin. This means that “dynamic wrinkles,” or those caused by muscle movement, tend to best respond to Botox. Examples of such dynamic wrinkles include wrinkles in the forehead and around the mouth that become more prominent or pronounced when frowning or smiling.
Unlike Botox, dermal fillers do not work on muscles. Rather they work by “filling” the dermal layer of the skin. Subsequently, dermal fillers tend to work best on what are known as “static wrinkles,” or wrinkles that are visible when the face is relaxed. Static wrinkles can be attributed to the thinning of the dermal layer of skin that occurs as one ages. As this layer thins, the skin looses elasticity and fullness, which causes wrinkles. Dermal fillers eliminate these wrinkles by plumping up this layer of the skin, increasing fullness and pushing out wrinkles and creases.
Botox is typically used for the upper face. Botox is more commonly used for the upper face, such as the forehead and brow area. Dermal fillers, in contrast, are more commonly used throughout the face as a whole. For example, fillers can be used to treat sagging skin in the jawline and cheeks, as well as wrinkles around the nose and the mouth, while Botox is more often used to treat deep furrow lines in the forehead. With that being said, it should be noted that fillers can also be used to treat more noticeable imperfections in the upper face. It is important to keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all solution — a combination of Botox and fillers can be used to develop a custom-tailored solution to your individual concerns and needs.
Opt for fillers if you are looking to add volume. In addition to softening creases and wrinkles and enhancing shallow contours, dermal fillers can also be used to plump up thin lips and create hand rejuvenation but reducing the appearance of wrinkles and prominent tendons. Dermal fillers work to augment the soft tissue in your face, creating a fuller, more youthful look.
For personalized assistance in making the choice between Botox and dermal fillers, contact PA Marco Benitez. One of the best Botox injectors in New York City, he has extensive experience with both Botox and dermal fillers, as well as a proven track record of excellent results. Call for a free consultation (718) 535-7927.