Botox vs. Dermal Fillers

Botox-VS-Dermal-Fillers

Botox and Dermal Fillers

Both are popular, effective treatments to reduce facial wrinkles and fine lines. Both applied in non-invasive procedures, our patients appreciate the fast results achieved by the use of these treatments. Still, it can be confusing to decide which treatment is the best for you. Here is a quick breakdown of the differences between Botox vs. Dermal Fillers.

WHAT IS IT?

  • Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
    • Botulinum Toxin is a natural, purified protein used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It is also be used to treat conditions such as excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Botox is the first and best-known brand name Botulinum Toxin product. It is the safest, most tested product on the market, and has been used extensively in medicine. Botox is certified for use in the medical and cosmetic fields.
  • Dermal Fillers
    • Dermal Fillers consist of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), found naturally in skin tissue. It is used to add volume and replenish the skin. HA is a key component of healthy, youthful looking skin tissue and repair. As HA diminishes with age and excessive sun exposure, the skin’s ability to rejuvenate itself dramatically decreases. Juvéderm is the best known brand name of Dermal Fillers. It includes a variety of products, each used to treat different areas, ranging from fine lines on delicate areas to deep skin depressions.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
    • Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. This prevents the treated muscle(s) from contracting, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
  • Dermal Fillers
    • Dermal Fillers work by lifting and smoothing selected folds and wrinkles as volume is gradually added. Dermal Fillers typically give the patient a more youthful, fresher appearance as fine lines and wrinkles melt away.

WHAT’S INVOLVED WITH TREATMENT?

  • Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
    • Injected through a tiny needle.- Minimal discomfort
    • 30-45 minute procedure
    • Slight bruising or swelling may develop (lasting 24 hours or less, easily camouflaged with makeup)
  • Dermal Fillers
    • Injected through a tiny needle.- Minimal discomfort
    • 30-45 minute procedure
    • Slight bruising or swelling may develop (lasting 24 hours or less, easily camouflaged with makeup)

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
    • Results appear within 24-72 hours (longer in rare cases)– No downtime No scarring
    • Results last 3 to 6 months
  • Dermal Fillers
    • Immediate results- No downtime
    • No scarring
    • Results last up to 18 or even 24 months
    • Treatment is reversible

BEST SUITED FOR

  • Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
    • Effective in the “upper ⅓” of the face”. Botox is best for eliminating “dynamic” lines caused by muscle contractions beneath the skin.- Forehead lines
    • Crow’s feet (lines around the eye)
    • Frown lines (Has been seen to cause gradual, complete disappearance of frown lines,especially between eyebrows!)
    • * Note: wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity do not respond to Botox.
  • Dermal Fillers
    • Effective for adding volume and plumping fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers best address “Static” lines in the lower face not related to muscle contraction, such as the nasolabial folds.- Fine lines and wrinkles
    • – Those wanting to add more structure and volume to the face (especially athletes)
    • * A good all-purpose freshener

NOT SUITED FOR    

  • Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
    • Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding-Those who have had a previous allergic reaction to Botox or similar products
    • Those with medical conditions like damaged nerves or muscle complaints must share this information during consultation to avoid risk of complications
  • Dermal Fillers
    • No known risk to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, but treatment is not advised until lactation has ended

COST     

  • Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
    • Typically a bit less than fillers
  • Dermal Fillers
    • Typically a bit more than Botox

 


 

At Midway Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

We look at the entire face, rather than focusing on a single line. That way, we ensure that you receive the most effective, natural looking results. While each treatment has a specific window of endurance, the effects naturally begin to soften toward the end of this period. We recommend returning for subsequent freshening as you experience the effects beginning to fade. That way, we are able to help you maintain the freshest, most natural look and avoid dramatic change. At Midway Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we love making you look years younger and boosting your self-confidence! You’re going to love it too. To schedule a free consultation for Botox or Dermal Filler Rejuvenation, call Midway Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA today at (678)393-1868.

 

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