Botox vs. Fillers

Getting older happens to everyone, no matter what we do. Smile lines, crows feet, forehead wrinkles – All of these can be unpleasant results of aging. Luckily, today’s medical technology has offered the mainstream population some excellent options to delay or disguise the effects getting older. Botox and dermal fillers are popular treatments that are being used by millions of people each year. If you’re thinking about either one (or both), here is some important information you should know. 

Botox

Botox is short for the ingredients contained in the serum: botulinum toxin. It is a neurotoxin that works by temporarily paralyzing muscles. While deadly in extreme amounts, the minuscule amount used in Botox to freezes the muscles and prohibits them from sending & receiving nerve signals from the brain. The muscles cannot move around and therefore wrinkles have a softened appearance if not removed altogether. 

When to Use Botox

Because Botox works by freezing muscles, it can only correct wrinkles that are associated with muscle movement. Called “dynamic wrinkles,” these are the ones that are made due to facial movement and expressions. Wrinkles on the forehead from raised eyebrows (think of a surprised face), or the creases between the eyebrows (think of an angry or concentrating face) can benefit from Botox. 

Botox is not intended for correcting wrinkles due to looseness of skin or loss of fat in the face. It is also not totally permanent; effects last about 3-4 months, after which time you will need another injection to keep your results. 

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are made up of several chemicals that replicate what is already found in the body. This can include hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and other ingredients. Unlike Botox, they don’t affect the muscle, but rather they add volume to the face where it has been lost due to aging. As the name implies, they fill in whatever part of the face could benefit from extra volume.

When to Use Dermal Fillers

Because fillers are used to literally fill in spaces in the face, their uses are diverse. Some of the most common uses are for plumping up thinning lips, something that occurs naturally with age. They can also be used to add volume to cheeks, fix bags under the eye, soften wrinkles due to sagging skin, and even help fill out scars from acne. 

Because fillers add volume, avoid using them to smooth out wrinkles in the forehead or around the brow, since these areas are most likely to wrinkle with movement and are best treated with Botox. Like Botox, fillers are not permanent. You can expect to see the effects for 6 months to two years, depending on the primary chemical ingredient and your individual skin. 

Final Thoughts

If you are looking to reverse some of the signs of aging, Botox and dermal fillers can assist with your goal. However, make sure that you are choosing the right treatment for the issue – Botox for muscle-related wrinkles and dermal fillers for loss of volume in certain facial areas.  To speak with a nurse injector about which treatment is right for you, contact IV League Hydration today! 

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