While Botox is a household name and the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are growing in popularity because they can provide incredible results with no downtime. Here is what you should know about cosmetic injectables and what each of them do to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Botox is a neuromodulator that treats dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles form in the skin above a contracting muscle and happen when we smile, laugh, frown or squint. Botox works by temporarily relaxing the muscle to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. Over time, dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles, and Botox doesn’t treat those.
Botox is FDA-approved to treat moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles in the upper third of the face such as forehead lines, 11 lines between the brows and crow’s feet but can be used on virtually any area of the body. Other common treatment areas include the lips, neck and jawline.
Dermal fillers work best on static wrinkles, which are wrinkles that are always present and are caused by sun exposure and other environmental factors, thinning skin, slowed collagen production and other aging factors.
Some of the more popular dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the skin. They work to smooth out lines and plump hollowed areas of the face. They provide a natural look and feel and help turn back time on your face.
Recovery and Results
What’s so appealing about Botox and dermal fillers is that they do not require any downtime as with surgical procedures. You can return to work right after treatment and see results immediately with dermal fillers or over the next few days with Botox.
The downside to cosmetic injectables is that they are temporary. Botox results last approximately four months, while dermal fillers can last several months up to 1-2 years, depending on the type of filler used and treatment area. You’ll need to return for repeat treatment to maintain results.