Botox vs Dermal Fillers
Whether you are getting a little older, or you’re just an expressive person, wrinkles are hard to deal with. You may have tried covering them in mounds of makeup, or perhaps you’ve tried creams and ointments that you see on infomercials that “aren’t sold in stores”. A lot of products today advertise being the secret to anti-aging, but what really works? You may have realized by now that the standard ways of treating wrinkles take a long while to work- if they work. As impatient as it may sound, everyone wants a quick fix with long-term results. Today’s society seeks solutions that are all but magical, to treat things that we once had to just deal with- such as wrinkles. Thank goodness for those minds, because now we have options for those stubborn lines and wrinkles. Trending around Langhorne, PA are treatments like Botox and dermal fillers. Individual results will vary in each patient.
What is Botox?
Botox is a household name in wrinkle treatments, and a respected product in the aesthetic industry. It is the first neurotoxin treatment to be FDA approved, thus a leading brand. Botulinum toxin type A is the main component of this injection, hence the name Botox. The neurotoxin disables muscle movement and nerve activity where injected.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injections that fill lines and wrinkles to create a smooth surface. There are a variety of dermal fillers, Juvéderm being a long-lasting one. Juvéderm is made from hyaluronic acid, or HA. HA is a component naturally found in our bodies already, so it’s safe to use. The HA gel is injected into the dermis and bonds with water to create a plumpness to support the sunken skin from underneath.
Botox and Dermal Fillers: Differences
A big difference in Botox and dermal fillers lie in the ingredients. As stated above, Botox contains a neurotoxin, while dermal fillers such as Juvéderm contain a gel made of HA. Due to difference in main ingredients, they have different effects. Botox isn’t considered a filler because, to simply put it, it doesn’t fill the lines and wrinkles; instead it freezes the nerve activity just enough to prevent wrinkles from forming when you are being expressive. This can also assist in preventing future, more permanent wrinkles from forming, so Botox really is a treatment made for most ages. Juvéderm on the other hand, an HA filler, fills the area under the depressions to create a smooth surface. It does nothing to the muscles or nerves within the dermis.
Another difference to consider would be the longevity and the effect. Juvéderm injections can last up to a year if administered properly. Botox lasts a few months, then another treatment session is needed for the upkeep of appearance. There are pros and cons to both. While Juvéderm lasts longer, if by chance you are no longer happy with the results then you will have to reverse the treatment with an antidote. Botox on the other hand wears off quicker, so that you can try something else in a shorter timeframe if you are still dissatisfied with your appearance. However, patients are rarely dissatisfied with their results, and you may use both products to treat different areas of the face.
Botox and Dermal Fillers: Similarities
Despite the differences, both Juvéderm and Botox typically have happy customers. Patients that receive these treatments usually keep up with sessions and visit more than once. Both work effectively in a time efficient manner to reduce wrinkles, and both give results are far more instantaneous than the standard treatments of ointments and creams sold in drug stores. They can also have multiple uses. Botox can treat wrinkles, migraines, even excessive sweating. You can also use Botox in multiple areas of the face. Juvéderm can be used for wrinkles and fine lines, lip injections, and Juvéderm Voluma can be used to add volume to the cheek area.
Side effects are generally the same for these injections as well. Following the treatment you may experience mild and short-term effects such as redness, mild discoloration, itchiness, tenderness of injection site, swelling or soreness. Effects shouldn’t last longer than a couple of days.
For more information regarding either of these treatments, contact our office in Langhorne, PA (near Trenton and Newtown) for a consultation.
**Disclaimer: Individual results will vary in each patient.