Chances are, you’ve heard of both of these options or maybe even know someone who swears by one of them. Injectable treatments are some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic options in the plastic surgery community, but it can be difficult to find a direction when you want results but don’t know where to start. Here’s what you should know about these options and what they can do for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is widely popular, but the average person most likely doesn’t know exactly what it is or what it does. There’s a lot of misinformation and myths about Botox out there, but the truth is that it’s highly effective at stopping wrinkle formation in the face. The most common types of wrinkles (like forehead lines or crow’s feet) are caused by repeated muscle movement over a lifetime. Botox is made from botulinum toxin type A and is a neuromodulator, meaning it can block signals from the brain to the muscles. This can last from 3-6 months and is effective nearly immediately after the injection.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
This category can be broad and confusing since many different dermal fillers exist under different brand names and purposes. The most common type for the face is the Juvéderm family of injectables, but Sculptra® and Restylane® also offer great options for restoring volume to the face and other areas of the body. Although dermal fillers can be made of different substances, the general idea is that these injectables rest underneath the skin and create volume, restoring wrinkles and folds. These options are also temporary and can last around six months, with some even lasting up to a year.
Which One Should I Choose?
This question can be a difficult one, especially since everyone’s cosmetic needs and goals are different. Although there are some exceptions, a very general rule is that Botox is most effective in the upper face and dermal fillers are most effective in the lower face. Some patients even find great success with a combination of both of these. However, the best person to determine which would benefit you best is your licensed aesthetic professional who can recommend the best treatment plan for you.