There are various treatment options that can smooth out wrinkles and reduce signs of aging. Botox is one of the most popular treatments in this category and has been widely used worldwide. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are also popular for filling up hollow areas that have been affected by aging.
In this post we’ll explore the differences between these two types of injectables. You can then make an informed decision about which one will work best for your needs.
What are Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Botox and dermal fillers are two aesthetic treatments that are used to reduce the appearance of visible signs of aging. But what exactly are Botox and dermal fillers?
- It is a type of neurotoxin from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum
- It causes temporary paralysis of the target muscles (wherever they are injected)
- Commonly used in target areas like – forehead, between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet (around the eyes)
- Injectable substances that can add volume to target areas of the face in order to decrease visible signs of aging
- Made from various materials like – hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, and hydroxylapatite
- Commonly used in target areas like – lips, nasolabial folds, and cheeks
Both of these treatments are minimally invasive, which are typically done as an in-office treatment.
What’s the Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Botox?
Botox and dermal fillers are two minimally invasive aesthetic treatments, which both enhances how you look. But there are key differences between the two. The following table summarizes these differences:
|Made from Botulinum toxin||Made from different materials like –Hyaluronic acidPoly-L-lactic acidCalcium hydroxylapatite|
|Injected to target muscles to temporarily paralyze them to smoothen out fine lines and wrinkles||Injected to the skin to add volume and reduce visible signs of aging|
|Best for wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and in between the eyebrows||Used to volume up areas of the cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds|
|Effects usually last for about 3-6 months||Effects usually last for 6-18 months depending on the type of filler used|
Generally according to a study, non-surgical remodeling with injections (Botox and dermal fillers) work efficiently with satisfactory results lasting for 6 months.
How Long Do Botox and Dermal Fillers Last?
There is no general consensus as to how long Botox and dermal fillers last. However, both of them are temporary, which as we have established earlier – Botox lasts for about 3-6 months while fillers last for about 6-18 months.
It is important to note, however, that the duration of effects of Botox and dermal fillers can vary between patients. The numbers are general guidelines only and do not represent the entirety of the duration of its effects. As such, how long the effects last for one person may not be the same as with the duration of your results. The factors that could affect the duration may include the following:
- Your metabolism
- Area being treated
- Dose or amount of product used
Which Areas of the Face Can Be Treated With Botox Vs. Dermal Fillers?
We have already established earlier, which areas of the face that Botox and dermal fillers can treat. However, to reiterate and to give more overview.
Dermal fillers are used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. They can also be used for volume restoration in the face and décolletage (neck).
Botox, on the other hand, is FDA-approved for treating facial wrinkles between 18 and 65 years of age. It’s injected into specific muscles in order to reduce muscle movement or tension in those areas. This allows for tighter skin on your forehead, around your eyes and mouth area that appears less wrinkled than it would without treatment with Botox.
How Does Botox Work on Wrinkles and Fine Lines?
Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, which causes them to relax and soften. This effect is temporary and wears off after 3-6 months. Which means, you would need repeated treatments in order to maintain the effects.
You have to remember that Botox is not a permanent solution for facial wrinkles and fine lines. As such, it is important to have realistic expectations about this procedure.
Moreover, Botox may not be as effective in treating deeper lines that appear on your neck or face. This is because it can be absorbed into fat tissue in these areas.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects Associated With Botox and Dermal Fillers?
The short answer is yes but they are generally mild and go away spontaneously.
Botox and dermal fillers are generally safe and effective, as many studies have shown, in treating fine lines and wrinkles. However, to give you a brief overview of what to expect, here are some risks or potential side effects. These are things you need to discuss with your healthcare provider.
- Pain or discomfort on the treatment area
- Bruising or swelling on the site or its surrounding area
- Allergic reaction
In some cases, it may cause drooping of the eyelids, flu-like symptoms, or crooked smile and drooling. However, these side effects are extremely rare and do not constitute a red flag not to undergo the treatment if you wish so.
- Pain or discomfort at the site
- Swelling or bruising on the treated area
- Itching or redness
- Allergic reaction
- Localized infection (especially if there is improper wound care)
- Unevenly treated areas
- Migration of the dermal filler to adjacent structures
The effects like uneven treatment and migration to adjacent structures need medical attention. Nonetheless, these are also extremely rare and can only happen if you did not undergo the treatment under capable and trained hands.
The most important part is to discuss whatever issues or concerns you may have regarding treatment with your healthcare provider.
Can You Get Both Botox and Dermal Fillers in the Same Visit?
You can get both Botox and dermal fillers in the same visit if you have the right conditions. In fact, many patients opt to undergo both treatments at once in order to get a more comprehensive aesthetic rejuvenation. However, this does not generally apply to all. It still depends on your needs, goals, and recommendations of an expert aesthetic professional.
You should always discuss the treatment options as well as any questions you may have with your healthcare provider. This is to minimize side effects, increase the longevity of treatment, and to make sure it is the right procedure for you.
Which Treatment is Better for Me – Botox, Dermal Fillers or Both?
Botox is a great option for people who want to smoothen out facial wrinkles and fine lines. It can be used to treat wrinkles, crow’s feet and forehead lines. Dermal fillers are less invasive than botox but they have the same effect on your skin. Both of them reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and deep creases.
If you are considering dermal filler injections as an alternative to Botox or another treatment that involves needles such as collagen injections then this article will help you make an informed decision about which one is best for you.
We hope that this article has helped you understand the advantages and disadvantages of Botox vs Dermal Fillers. If you have any questions on these treatments or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can always talk to an expert at ReplenishMD Aesthetic & Wellness so you can make informed decisions regarding facial rejuvenation. Visit our website for more information.