Botox and Dermal Fillers, What is the Difference?

Botox (botulinum toxin) is a neurotoxin used for medical and cosmetic agents. While Botox is still popular, soft tissue fillers are also becoming widely available for reversing signs of aging. Which one should you pick? Specialists from The Beverly Hills Plaza Medi Spa will help you choose between Botox and fillers Los Angeles.

How does Botox work?

Botox is a neurotoxin protein that acts on neurotransmitters that temporarily paralyze the muscles. It is injected into areas of your face responsible for expressing emotions.

The neurotoxin prevents target muscles from receiving signals and contracting. As a result, the skin around the target area relaxes, revealing relaxed and smooth skin.

Botox is a safe, FDA-approved cosmetic treatment for crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are 9 million Botox procedures annually.

What are the limitations of Botox?

Botox can only fix fine lines and wrinkles that emerge from facial movements. It can reduce or eliminate crow’s feet around your eyes and the double lines between your eyebrows. Botox also fixes horizontal lines on the forehead and lines that occur due to smiling, frowning, and squinting.

But Botox cannot fix static lines or lines that occur due to sagging or loss of facial volume. Static lines may appear around the neck, jowls, or cheeks.

Another limitation is that Botox is not a permanent fix for facial lines and wrinkles. It lasts for about three to four months.

What are dermal fillers?

Your face may lose volume, and the skin may sag as you age. Your cosmetic surgeon may recommend dermal fillers to provide facial volume to reverse signs of aging.

Dermal fillers are injections that typically contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a principal component of the extracellular matrix. HA is found in connective and epithelial tissues. It is also an essential compound that cushions joints and lubricates the eyes and skin.

Soft tissue fillers are often for boosting the volume of depressions around the mouth and cheekbones. Your provider can prescribe fillers for increasing lip fullness or addressing wrinkles around the nose ridge.

There are other compounds besides hyaluronic acid that can address facial volume. They include collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, and polymethyl methacrylate.

Your skin’s thickness is one factor a cosmetic specialist will consider when choosing a suitable filling agent. Problems like overfilling can cause complications during your recovery process. Therefore, an initial evaluation is critical for ensuring the best outcomes.

Dermal filler limitations

The primary role of dermal fillers in cosmetic medicine is to contour the face. But they are not used to address dynamic lines that emerge from your facial expressions. Soft tissue fillers are ideal for deep lines that appear due to sagging or when muscles are not contracting.

Depending on the agent, dermal fillers can last six to 12 months. Hyaluronic fillers may last up to a year, while collagen works for two or three months. Your provider will discuss expectations before choosing a suitable agent for your needs.

Consult The Beverly Hills Plaza Medi Spa for Botox and filler treatments today.