My clients often ask me what the difference is between Botox and fillers. While both non-surgical procedures can take years off your appearance and soften those stubborn lines, there are distinct differences between the two.
First let’s talk about Botox. Botox is a medication that relaxes the facial muscles. Some wrinkles on the face, such as those between the eyebrows are created by facial expressions. As we move our faces, certain lines develop and become deeper over time. Botox can be injected into the exact muscle that causes the wrinkles. Botox relaxes the muscle and as a result improves wrinkles. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used to add volume to the skin.
Dermal fillers, unlike Botox injections, fill the line or crease to achieve a fuller more youthful appearance.
Some wrinkles on the face, such as those from the nose to the corner of the mouth, are caused by a loss of volume in the skin over time. Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to add volume and soften wrinkles and folds. The most obvious area where wrinkles appear are the lines around the mouth, also known as smile lines or parenthesis’. A good rule of thumb is, from the eyes up is for Botox and from the eyes down is dermal filler. There are exceptions to this, however that should be discussed with your injectionist.
Both Botox and dermal fillers can give you an amazing youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional face lift costs. Lines and wrinkles can be treated in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from three months to more than a year.
I like to carefully assess my clients concerns to determine what treatment plan is best for them. I tend to take a more conservative approach when using Botox and fillers on my clients. The goal should be to achieve a more youthful yet natural appearance.
Everyone’s face is a unique form of art, so treatment plans will vary from one person to the next. To find out which treatment plan is best for your needs, consult with a reputable, trained and registered practitioner.
As always, at Belladerm our consultations are complimentary!