Botox and fillers are both minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that are administered through injectables and don’t involve any surgery. These procedures are so popular, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported 10 million procedures for just these two cosmetic treatments. Both Botox and fillers are used for wrinkles and signs of aging. However, they are different in their ingredients, uses, and side effects.
Botox, or Botulinum toxin A, is purified bacteria typically inserted into the upper half areas of your face to help temporarily freeze facial muscles that are causing fine lines and wrinkles. It should be noted that Botox only works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. Intended to help remove and reduce wrinkles, Botox treatments work by blocking the nerve signals to your facial muscles.
This cosmetic injectable is typically applied around areas of facial expression such as frown lines, on crow’s feet, and between the eyebrows. Botox injections help relax the muscle near wrinkles by not allowing the muscles to move therefore reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. However, the effects of Botox are permanent and typically lasts about 3-4 months.
There are different types of fillers designed to treat varying signs of aging. While fillers can be used to treat wrinkles, they are primarily used to treat smile lines, plump up the lips or cheeks, fill in shallow areas of the face, and more. They are sometimes used for hand treatments or to reduce the appearance of scars.
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, derma fillers are injected to help restore a smoother appearance, encourage natural collagen production, and prevent the skin from sagging. They are also effective in reducing the early signs of aging and are mainly used on the middle and lower facial areas. The compounds found in derma fillers are used to plump, hydrate, and moisturize the skin. Because there are different types of fillers, the amount of time they last can vary from 6 months to 2 years.
Both injectables are used to help the overall appearance of the face. However, you should identify what skin issues you are trying to fix and the area to be selected which treatment is best for you. A combination of the procedures is possible as they complement each other by simultaneously targeting multiple areas of the face.