If you are ready to take the plunge into cosmetic treatments, as millions of others have, injectable treatments are a great option. Of course, you may have a lot of questions about which of these popular treatments to choose.
Fillers and Botox are both minimally invasive treatments that work to correct some of the signs of aging, but they are not the same thing. Keep reading to find out the differences between Botox and fillers and which one is right for you.
Signs of Aging
Before deciding which treatment is right for you, first consider the signs of aging skin that you are experiencing. This determination will make a big difference in which treatment may be best for you.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that result primarily from facial expressions. Over time, repeated muscle movements crease the skin, and these repetitive creases become more permanent, resulting in wrinkles and lines even while we are not making the facial expressions that cause them.
Conversely, static wrinkles occur as volume in our faces is lost and skin becomes less elastic, sagging with age. This is a natural result of the aging process, brought about by a loss of fat, collagen, and elastin, which give the skin its elasticity and structure.
Fatty tissue below our skin gives shape to our features. As we age, the amount and shape of these fat deposits change. They lessen in volume and can move apart as we lose collagen. The result is a change in the shape of certain features, sagging, loss of volume, and static wrinkles, as we already mentioned.
How Botox Works
Botox is one of several brand names which refer to a neuromodulator injection. The injectable toxin acts to paralyze the muscles on a very small scale. When injected into specific areas of the face, muscles are relaxed, meaning they no longer have the ability to contract. This can result in smoother skin because tensed muscles can cause or exacerbate lines and wrinkles. Neuromodulator injections also prevent future wrinkles caused by muscle movements.
How Fillers Work
Unlike neuromodulators, fillers do not have any effect on your muscle movements. Instead, they are comprised of synthetic versions of natural compounds found in the body. They do what their name suggests and “fill in” space under the skin. The result is to replace lost volume, change the shape of certain features, and smooth the skin above the filler. In addition to filling in lost volume, the injection of fillers can also stimulate the production of collagen within the skin to amplify results.
What is Botox Best For?
Botox and other neuromodulators are best at treating dynamic wrinkles. These often occur in the top portion of the face. Think about making facial expressions; your forehead, the area between your eyes, and the outside corners of your eyes often move or scrunch up. Inhibiting some of this muscle movement will act to prevent and lessen the appearance of wrinkles that result.
For this reason, Botox is the better choice for treating:
- Crows Feet
- Forehead Lines
- Furrow Lines /“11” Lines/Frown Lines (between the brows)
- Top Lip Lines
- Dimpled Chin
What Can Fillers Treat?
Because fillers add volume, they are better at treating volume loss and static wrinkles. These issues typically occur in the bottom portion of the face, below the eyes. In addition, fillers can be used to modify the shape of certain facial features, including the nose, chin, jawline, and cheeks.
Fillers are best for treating wrinkles and reshaping the following:
- Nasolabial folds
- Lip Lines
- Laugh Lines
- Nose Shape
- Chin Shape
Can I Get Both?
Yes! If you have multiple concerns, it is possible to utilize both Botox and fillers to maximize your results. The best way to determine which options are best and which course of treatment to take is to schedule a consultation with our expert injectors. We are here to answer all of your injectable questions – reach out to our office today!