If you’re considering skin rejuvenation treatments, you may have heard of Botox and dermal fillers. But how do you choose between the two? While both treatments can help reduce the wrinkles, lines, and other signs of aging, they work in different ways and are best suited for tackling different problems. Read on for a guide that will help you choose between Botox and dermal fillers!
What Is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin that’s injected into the skin to temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles. When you hear us drop a word like “neurotoxin,” you may get a little nervous—but don’t worry! Botox has decades of success with limited complications. It’s known as a neurotoxin because it works to relax your muscles, and it does so in careful, safe ways.
Most of the time, Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive facial movements like frowning, squinting, or smiling. We’ve found that Botox is most effective on crow’s feet, forehead lines, and wrinkles between the eyebrows. You may want to hang onto your smile lines—they’re evidence of a life well lived!
Benefits of Botox
There are a few benefits to Botox you should know about beyond the obvious ones benefits the treatment provides.
Reducing Wrinkles and Fine Lines
When most people get Botox injections, they do so with this benefit in mind. One of the reasons they choose Botox over other options is that it is a non-invasive procedure and requires limited downtime before you can get back to everyday life. Botox is a natural-looking way to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines when done correctly by trained specialists like the ones you’ll meet at Skin by Lovely.
Many people don’t know that Botox injections can actually have a positive impact on migraines! In 2010, the FDA approved Botox to be used to treat chronic migraines. If you’re sick of headaches and have an interest in skin rejuvenation, Botox can be a great way to address both at once.
Treating Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that can be quite unpleasant to live with. Luckily, Botox is one of the options for people looking for relief! Botox can be injected into the affected area to block the signals that cause the sweat glands to produce sweat.
Botox is better than many other options to treat hyperhidrosis because the results tend to last longer than treatments like antiperspirants or prescription medications.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injected into specific areas of your face, and are made of gels containing hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body. We use dermal fillers to add volume to the face, smooth out wrinkles, and restore a youthful look to your face. In many cases, they’re used to treat static wrinkles, which are caused by a loss of facial volume due to aging.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
The benefits of dermal filler treatments include an instant plumping effect, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and rediscovering a younger-looking you. Dermal fillers are extremely versatile and can augment your lips, fill in under-eye hollows, and restore volume to your cheeks.
One of the biggest boons of dermal fillers is their ability to bring back volume to parts of your face that have lost fullness over time. As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, which can lead to volume loss and sagging. The acid in dermal fillers restores volume and is a quick and simple way to restore a more youthful appearance.
Boosting Collagen Production
We just mentioned how aging and collagen loss go hand in hand, but some dermal fillers can actually boost collagen production! Collagen is a protein that helps maintain the health and elasticity of the skin. With consistent dermal filler treatments, you may see improvement in skin texture and firmness over time.
Treating Scars and Acne
Finally, dermal fillers are a great way to treat light scarring and acne. Dermal fillers literally fill in the recessed skin where there is scarring to create a smoother appearance. However, be mindful that this will not eliminate scarring—most of the time, dermal fillers simply reduce the appearance.
Which Is Right for You?
As you may have guessed, the decision between Botox and dermal fillers ultimately depends on your unique needs and concerns. Botox is best for treating dynamic wrinkles, while dermal fillers are best for adding volume and treating static wrinkles. Some patients may benefit from both treatments, as not everyone will simply have one issue or the other.
When you come in for a consultation about Botox or dermal filler treatments, you can work with a professional consultant to figure out what will work best for your lovely uniqueness. Depending on your goals, we may recommend Botox, dermal fillers, or both treatments to achieve the best results.
Risks and Considerations
As with any cosmetic treatment, you should be mindful of the possible risks and other considerations when making your choice.
Botox injections are considered safe when administered by a skilled and experienced injector. However, it is important to note the risk of possible side effects like bruising, swelling, and redness. In some unusual instances, Botox can move to other areas of the face, causing droopy eyelids or other issues.
Dermal fillers also carry some risks, such as allergic reactions, infections, or lumpiness. It’s important to choose a skilled and experienced injector who uses high-quality products to minimize the risk of complications—and you can count on Skin by Lovely for that!
The final consideration that you should factor in when choosing whether Botox or dermal fillers are right for you is cost. While both treatments are quite affordable, Botox tends to cost less than the average dermal filler. Of course, the cost will be largely dependent on the number of treatments you need to achieve your desired results.
It’s important to remember that cost should not be the only factor in your decision—finding a skilled and experienced injector who uses high-quality products is essential for achieving safe and natural-looking results.
Now that you know a bit more about choosing between Botox and dermal fillers, we hope you feel that you have the facts you need to make an informed decision about which option is best for you. At Skin by Lovely, our experts will work with you to craft a personalized treatment plan that meets your goals and helps you bring out your unique loveliness.