Many people are looking for ways to maintain a youthful appearance in our image-conscious society. This is where Botox and other dermal fillers/injectables can come in handy. These treatments can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the face, giving you a more youthful look.
Botox is made from a neurotoxin that temporarily relaxes the muscles, while dermal fillers add volume to the face’s areas that have lost shape over time. Injectables can be used together to create a more natural look.
Read on to find out the difference between them and learn more about what these treatments are used for and how they can benefit you.
Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers
Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein toxin used to temporarily smooth facial wrinkles. This cosmetic facial treatment involves injecting Botox into the muscles surrounding the area where wrinkles form. It works by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle, which temporarily relaxes the muscle and prevents it from contracting. This causes a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are substances injected into the dermis, or middle layer of skin, to fill in depressed areas and improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other cosmetic defects. Many dermal fillers are available, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, and fat. Each filler has its unique properties and benefits.
The main difference between Botox and dermal fillers is that Botox is a neurotoxin, while dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid.
Uses of Botox
Botox has been on the market for over two decades, and it’s used to treat neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness. This treatment involves injecting a purified protein into the facial muscles. Studies have proven that Botox relaxes the muscles and smoothes out wrinkles – usually lasting for about three to twelve months.
Occasionally, it is used to treat migraines or other medical conditions like asthma attacks in adults with chronic lung disease caused by emphysema (a condition in which they breathe deeply due to wheezing).
Botox is used to treat several conditions, including:
- Neck pain
- Generalized muscle pain
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Chronic pain
- Misaligned jaw (deviation), known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)
- Lazy eye (amblyopia)
Uses of Dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are used to correct and improve the appearance of the skin. They are also used to fill in lines and wrinkles. Many different dermal fillers, including hyaluronic acid, collagen, and fat.
Hyaluronic acid is the most common dermal filler on the market. It works by adding fullness to areas on your face that are thin, such as your cheeks or lips.
Collagen is another type of dermal filler that also adds fullness but differently than hyaluronic acid. Collagen is made from human tissue, so it’s body-friendly. It’s also used to replace collagen lost through natural ageing or deep facial scarring.
Fat is also an option for dermal fillers because fat cells are removed during liposuction procedures, which means they are already prepped and ready to be injected back into the skin.
Fat is often used to fill in nasolabial folds (the lines that go from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth) and marionette lines (lines that run from the corners of your mouth down to the chin).