Should I Get Botox or Dermal Fillers?
Injectable Treatments for Improving Skin Aging
Developing age lines is a natural part of the aging process. We tend to develop fine lines, moderate wrinkles, and deep furrows over the years due to a variety of reasons. Our body produces less collagen and elastin, we experience constant sun exposure, and our facial muscles make the same expressions over and over again.
Injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers are designed to reduce the appearance of mild to moderate signs of skin aging. Although the results are not permanent, these treatments are good alternatives for those who do not want to undergo plastic surgery.
Nearly anyone can have a Botox or dermal filler treatment. Candidates must at least be 18 years old, but wrinkles are uncommon at this age. Botox and dermal fillers are usually recommended to people in their 20s and 30s.
Benefits of Botox
Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is a formula that temporarily reduces muscle movement. It works by blocking the nerve signals that tell muscles to move. This process reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles by not allowing muscle movement in the treated area. The results can last for three to four months.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers contain products that mimic the volumizing effects of natural tissue in the treated area. They are commonly used for adding volume in areas that have lost muscle or fat due to aging.
Filler all have their own unique compositions. Juvederm, a popular dermal filler, is composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), which bonds with water molecules for instant volume. Each filler can last for different periods of time.
Botox vs. Dermal Fillers
Along with having different mechanisms of action, Botox and dermal fillers are used for different purposes. The ideal injectable option for your skin-aging concerns will depend on your appearance goals.
If your goal is to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, then Botox will most probably be recommended for you. Botox is used on fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead (vertical glabellar lines between the brows and horizontal forehead wrinkles), corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), chin wrinkles, and bunny lines on the nose.
If reducing moderate and deep midface wrinkles or hollow areas is what you prefer, then dermal fillers should be your treatment. Dermal fillers can improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, parentheses lines, lip lines, and acne scars. They can also be used to add volume to the undereyes, cheeks, nose, lips, chin, and backs of the hands.
Botox and dermal fillers can also be combined during a single treatment session to improve multiple types of wrinkles.