What Is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers

Botox and Dermal Fillers are the two most popular anti-aging treatments in the world of cosmetic aesthetics. Both treatments are administered through injections and can help you regain a youthful appearance. 

Below, you will learn about Botox and dermal fillers and how they are different from one another. 

What is Botox?

Botox refers to botulinum toxin – an injectable drug. It is injected into a targeted area in tiny amounts to treat and prevent wrinkles. This treatment is being used for reducing aging signs for decades safely to address facial lines and wrinkles. 

Major Botox brands approved by the FDA and Health Canada are Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®.

What is Botox used for?

Botoxworks really well for frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, furrow marks between the brows, and other facial expression lines caused by repeated facial muscle movements. It can be used for facial contouring, shoulder contouring, calf slimming, and various other cosmetic enhancements. Plus, it is also used as an effective therapeutic treatment for migraine, hyperhidrosis, and TMJ. 

How Does Botox Work?

When Botox is injected into a targeted area, it temporarily blocks nerve signals to the muscles to prevent them from contracting; in other words, it paralyzes muscle activity. It limits the movements of targeted muscles and thereby, softens, reduces, and even removes fine lines and wrinkles. 

How Long Do Botox Results Last?

The results of Botox typically last 3 to 4 months. In some people, Botox results last longer for about 4 to 6 months. However, this depends on a variety of factors, such as metabolism, dosage, the size and depth of your lines and wrinkles, the usage of facial expressions, stress, tolerance, and frequency of Botox injections. 

What are Dermal Fillers?

Also known as facial fillers, dermal fillers are injected beneath the skin surface to provide plumpness and volume. Some of the common ingredients used in dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, polylactic acid, polyalkylimide, etc. Among all, hyaluronic acid is the most commonly used element used in filler that aids in collagen and elastin production and typically goes by the name – HA filler or hyaluronic filler. 

Most often, people use lip fillers to plump up their lips so that their lips look more luscious and their facial profile becomes more attractive. 

What Are Dermal Fillers Used For?

While Botox is used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are used to add volume and fullness to a targeted area. These fillers are used to add volume to the lips, achieve a smoother and fuller facial appearance, plump up cheeks, reduce the appearance of scars, and even reduce forehead lines. 

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers work by boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid and other elements that help revitalize and add volume to the skin. Dermal fillers help you achieve your younger version in no time by giving you a naturally softer appearance. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers can typically last longer than Botox – about 6 to 24 months depending on the type of the fillers, lifestyle and other factors. 

If you are wondering whether you should get Botox or a dermal filler, schedule a free consultation for Botox and dermal fillers in Waterloo Kitchener region at Sunshine Cosmetic Clinic and Medi Spa now. 

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