Botox vs. Fillers: Everything You Need to Know

Even for avid users, the difference between Botox and fillers can be difficult to understand. While both are typically offered by cosmetic dermatologists, they target different facial points. Read below for more information to determine which treatment is right for you.

What is Botox?

Botox is the most well-known brand name of botulinum toxin, a purified protein. Botox is most commonly used to temporarily relax facial muscles. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines are diminished. Botox can also be used to address other medical issues like migraines and hyperhidrosis, or chronic sweating.

The Botox brand of botulinum toxin is not only the original but is also the market’s most tested product. Due to extensive testing, it is considered the safest option and is medically and cosmetically certified.

What can Botox fix?

Because Botox is typically used for rejuvenation of the skin, candidates who suffer from fine lines and wrinkles are greatly assisted. Once Botox is injected into the muscle, fine lines can be dramatically improved. Popular areas for Botox are the frown lines that appear between the eyebrows as well as the area around the eyes that suffer from crow’s feet lines.

Depending on your provider, Botox can be excellent for providing a natural result in softening the lines caused by facial expressions. In general, results can last anywhere between three to six months.

What are fillers?

The aging process can be difficult on our skin. Over time, we lose collagen and elastin, resulting in the inability of skin to maintain its youthful appearance. A major issue we face during aging is the decreasing levels of Hyaluronic Acid, which helps to support skin. This causes skin to sag and fine lines and wrinkles to occur.

Fillers work to lift and smooth over folds, lines and wrinkles in our face. They create volume in the skin and help produce a more youthful, plump complexion. Using fillers to treat wrinkles and lines will typically involve injecting Hyaluronic Acid in problem areas. Because Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in our bodies, it is considered very safe.

What can fillers fix?

The benefit of fillers is that the results are typically immediate and leave no scars. Common areas that fillers can work to fix include lips, nose, laugh lines and sleep wrinkles. Juvederm, a popular filler, is a gel-based filler that is a cross link of hyaluronic particles. When injected, the gel replenishes the diminishing Hyaluronic Acid, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Fillers typically provide results that last for up to 18 months after treatment. Great candidates are those who desire to add structure and volume to their face. Juvederm is an excellent option for decreasing deep lines that occur even when facial muscles are not in movement.

If interested, the best option is to visit a trusted cosmetic dermatologist. Discuss with your doctor which problem areas you would like to address and allow them to evaluate your skin. A good doctor will be able to determine the best treatments for your skin and face as a whole, not just from one problem area. Contact Elias Dermatology at 954-908-6315 for your Juvederm or Botox consultation today.