Many people have heard of Botox injections, as they are a popular cosmetic treatment among celebrities. However, not many people are aware that Botox injections and dermal fillers are completely different treatment options. Both of these options tackle different problems. Read more to learn about the difference between Botox and fillers.
Botox is made up of botulinum toxin type a, and works by temporarily paralyzing muscles so that they cannot contact and cause wrinkles. It can also be used to treat non-cosmetic issues, such as excessive sweating, overactive bladder, and migraines. Botox is most commonly used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and lines between the eyebrows. If one was to discontinue using Botox, their wrinkles would simply return to their natural state.
Dermal fillers have an array of uses including smoothing wrinkles, adding volume to the cheeks, and plumping the lips. Unlike Botox, fillers do not paralyze muscles; instead, they plump and lift the skin either using hyaluronic acid or the skin’s own collagen production.
Which One is Right for You?
Whether you should go with Botox or fillers really depends on which type of wrinkles you have. If you are dealing with dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that appear from muscle contraction like when you smile or frown, Botox may be a better choice. However, if you are dealing with static wrinkles or wrinkles that are visible even when no expression is being made, fillers may be able to help. A consultation with Dr. Eades can help to determine which option is best for your individual goals.