When it comes to anti-wrinkle treatments, the two most popular treatments tend to be BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. But what’s the difference between these treatments? And which one should you get? In this blog post, we will explain the differences between BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial fillers so that you can decide which treatment is right for you.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that can be injected into the face as an anti-wrinkle, anti-aging treatment. Most patients get BOTOX® Cosmetic to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles in the eye, brow, and forehead area.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Get Rid of Wrinkles?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to correct dynamic wrinkles, which are related to muscle movements and facial expressions. It works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that tells your muscles to contract. Injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic into specific facial muscles blocks this neurotransmitter and temporarily relaxes the muscles so that these fine lines and wrinkles stop appearing on your skin.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that can be injected into the face as anti-wrinkle, volumizing, anti-aging treatments. Most patients get dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, folds, and thinning areas in the mid to lower face.
How Do Dermal Fillers Get Rid of Wrinkles?
Dermal fillers are primarily used to correct static wrinkles (related to skin laxity) and facial volume loss. Different types of fillers are comprised of different substances, but all work by plumping the skin. Injecting dermal fillers into wrinkles, creases, hollows, and other depressions can get rid of wrinkles and help your skin appear smoother and more youthful.
Which Treatment Do I Need?
The first question you should ask is, what type of wrinkles are you looking to get rid of? Expression lines in the upper face are mostly improved with BOTOX® Cosmetic, while static wrinkles in the mid to lower face are mostly improved with dermal fillers. If you’re not quite sure what type of wrinkles you have, consider where your wrinkles appear. If you mostly have wrinkles around your eyes or brows, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are probably the best treatment for you. If you mostly have wrinkles around your nose and mouth, dermal fillers are probably best. If you have both types of wrinkles, you may benefit from getting both treatments.
If you’re still not sure whether BOTOX® or dermal fillers are right for you, the best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your skin and ask about your goals for treatment. He will work with you to develop a personalized anti-wrinkle treatment plan to rejuvenate your appearance.
Call (303) 232-8585 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mouchantat today.