What is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
If you’re considering Botox and dermal fillers to remove those fine lines, sometimes the only blurry thing is the difference between the two. Botox and dermal fillers can seem like the same treatments. However, there are two entirely different things. Therefore, Aesthetic Lane is here to help you understand the difference between the two before you start your Botox or dermal filler treatment.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein that is used to relax muscles that cause lines and wrinkles temporarily. Botox works by using this Botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze the facial muscles responsible for causing the fine lines and wrinkles that make you look older. Botox Cosmetic is the result of decades of advanced medical studies that have been used extensively over recent years. Botox is the most well-known brand for treating fine lines and wrinkles because of its safety and certification in the medical field.
What is Dermal Filler?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring component that our skin cells produce that gives our skin strength and the ability to bounce back. When we are younger, we have a vast amount of hyaluronic acid in our bodies. However, as we age, our storage of this youth-booster diminishes, and the skin loses its strength, making way for lines and wrinkles to creep in.
Dermal fillers involve the injection of hyaluronic acid through a tiny needle deeper into targeted folds of the skin. It substantially “fills in” areas underneath the skin, adding subtle volume to lift and plump. Dermal fillers are an excellent choice for treating a range of fine lines with deeper skin depressions.
What’s the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
The most significant difference between Botox and dermal fillers is how they work. Botox essentially works by temporarily paralyzing muscles in the face to prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Then, dermal fillers plump the muscles underneath the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles to smooth out and “fill in.” However, to keep it simple, we have outlined a few basic bullet points:
- Botox is more commonly used for smoothing out wrinkles and creases in the forehead, between the eyebrows and crow’s feet.
- Dermal fillers are more commonly used in the lips and for marionette lines (vertical lines around lips)
- Botox can take 5 to 10 days to see results
- Dermal filler results depending on the type of filler used, some last up to six months and some up to two years
- Both cause some redness, minor swelling, or bruising.
Should I Consider Botox and Dermal FIllers?
That is a very good question. We would love to be able to offer a quick yes, or no answer and tell you which type and how many. However, it’s best if you come in and speak with the professionals at Aesthetic Lane. We offer consultations, which can answer your questions and help design the right combination of Botox or dermal fillers to treat the areas you’re looking to improve.
If you’re interested, book a Botox and dermal filler appointment with us today. We are ready to provide you with whichever treatment or treatments you need to help you reach your personal goals.
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Brittany Lane White, a board-certified family nurse practitioner from Lakeland, Florida, holds a nursing degree from Florida State University. With six years of experience in medical and trauma/surgical ICU in Tampa, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Tampa. Her passion for aesthetic medicine grew during her master’s training. In Los Angeles, she completed clinical and injection specialist training at a top 25 Allergan account. Brittany focuses on a natural approach to facial aesthetics, emphasizing confidence and refreshment, not an artificial appearance. Beyond work, she enjoys spinning, travel, reading, and beach weekends with her husband, Brian, and two children, Georgina (Georgie) and Westley.