Is there a difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

It’s easy to become confused about the different roles and benefits of cosmetic injectables. Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane are all safe, effective treatments that help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But not all wrinkles are the same, so it may take a combination of different fillers and Botox to achieve the results you desire.

Botox treats dynamic wrinkles

Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment. Few treatments are more effective than Botox in reducing facial expression lines and wrinkles. Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, which are facial creases caused by muscle contractions caused by facial expressions such as frowning, squinting, smiling and laughing. Botox works by delivering purified botulinum toxin into the muscle tissue, temporarily paralyzing muscles to make them relax and smoothing out lines on the forehead, crow’s feet at the outer edges of the eyes, 11 lines between the eyebrows, drooping eyebrows, downturned corners of the mouth and bands on the neck. You should start seeing results in just a few days after treatment. Results typically last three to six months.

Dermal fillers treat static wrinkles

As we age, skin starts to sag and crease and the face loses volume. Facial fillers are ideal for restoring lost volume, treating bags under the eyes and smoothing out facial creases. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm Ultra, Restylane and Perlane are made of hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into the facial tissue to smooth out wrinkles and folds, typically around the nose and mouth. You can see the results of dermal fillers immediately. Results can last anywhere from a few months up to a year or longer, depending on the filler used. No matter what injectables are used, you will need to return for repeat treatments to maintain results. Cosmetic injectables are non-invasive treatments that can minimize or erase fine lines and wrinkles quickly and with minimal or no downtime. To discuss which treatments would help you achieve your cosmetic goals, call Utah Valley Dermatology at (801) 768-8800 today for a consultation.