Wrinkles, fine lines, and skin sagging all develop as part of the natural aging process. Botox and dermal fillers are two safe, non-invasive cosmetic procedures you can have to smooth and reduce the appearance of these skin marks. Both treatments are administered via injection.
Keep reading to learn more about the differences between Botox and fillers to choose the treatment option that is right for your skin needs.
What Is the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?
Botox and fillers differ in two significant ways: 1.) how they work once they are injected into the skin, and 2.) the areas of the face they are used to treat. While Botox is used to treat wrinkles and fine lines on the upper face and around the eyes, dermal fillers are used to treat wrinkles and loose skin on the lower face, lips, and neck.
- Botox comes from botulinum, a toxin found in bacteria. If the word toxin alarms you, rest easy: the botulin toxin is safe to use in small doses in its purified form. Botox has been approved by the FDA to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.
- Botox is used to treat wrinkles that are caused by muscle movements – like frown lines between the eyebrows and across the forehead that are caused by frowning, and crow’s feet that develop from constant squinting and laughing. These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles because they develop from movement.
- Botox works by blocking nerve signals in facial muscles. The muscle is unable to move, which smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that appear during expression.
- Dermal fillers are injectables that can contain natural compounds like collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, polymethylmethacrylate beads, and polylactic acid. All these substances have been approved by the FDA for use in wrinkle fillers.
- Fillers are used to treat wrinkles that develop from the skin’s natural aging process. During aging, the skin produces less natural collagen and elastin, the two proteins that give skin its shape and structure. Sags, bags, creases, fine lines, and wrinkles appear around the nasolabial area, and on the neck and lips. These wrinkles are called static wrinkles because they are visible when the skin is at rest.
- Dermal fillers work by filling in areas of thin, sagging, or wrinkled skin. Fillers create the appearance of volume, fullness, and structure.
Are Botox and Filler Treatments Permanent?
No, Botox and dermal fillers are temporary treatments for wrinkles and fine lines. Regular maintenance sessions are required for continuing results.
While Botox and fillers are effective at smoothing and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, multiple treatments can become time-consuming and costly. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS):
- The average cost of a Botox injection averaged $397 in 2018
- The average cost of a filler injection averaged anywhere from $682 to $2,126 in 2018, depending on the type of filler used
One Botox treatment typically lasts between three to six months before maintenance is needed, while one filler treatment can last anywhere between a few months to a few years. For both types of injection, the costs and longevity depend on how aggressive treatment is and how much product is used per treatment.
What Are the Risks of Each Procedure?
Botox and filler treatments with FDA approval have been tested and are deemed safe for cosmetic use. However, you may experience temporary side effects from the injections.
Common side effects for Botox may include:
- Bruising, pain, and swelling at the injection site
- Facial muscle weakness or drooping
- Flu-like symptoms
- Allergic reaction or rash
Common side effects for dermal fillers may include:
- Bruising, bleeding, and swelling at the injection site
- Acne-like skin irritation
- Lumps, asymmetry, or overcorrection of wrinkles
- Skin damage resulting in a wound, infection, or scarring
- Ability to feel the filler under the skin
- Skin rash
If you experience severe side effects from either type of injection, contact your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible.
Ageless Allure Medispa offers Botox and filler treatments. Learn more about the products we use, and contact our office to book your treatment.