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What is the Difference Between Botox® and Dermal Fillers?

Injectable wrinkle treatments are more popular than ever these days. People want to look good and feel good and this includes getting rid of those unattractive and annoying facial marks and wrinkles.

While over-the-counter treatments are available, people want longer-lasting effects and are turning to their healthcare providers for answers and solutions. 

Two options to consider are Botox® and dermal fillers (such as Juvederm®), both of which will do the trick. However, you may be wondering, what are the differences between the two that you should consider.

How Botox® Works

The first question to answer is how does Botox® work and what can it do for you? Simply put, Botox® is a muscle relaxer made from a naturally-occurring bacteria. When it comes to treating wrinkles, the formula is used to primarily target and reduce dynamic wrinkles. You can find these naturally occurring between your eyebrows and around your eyes and mouth. How it works is that these injections relax the muscles around these wrinkles. 

Preventing the muscles from moving reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Your healthcare provider will inject Botox® in the muscles near the wrinkles that you want to be treated. The procedure takes a few minutes and you’ll see results within weeks.

How Dermal Fillers Work (Juvederm®)

Dermal fillers (Juvederm®, Juvederm® Ultra XC, Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC, Juvederm® Vollure XC, Juvederm® Voluma XC, and Juvederm® Volbella XC), are also known as facial fillers and are designed to be injected into facial folds, areas where there is volume loss, and deep wrinkles. It depends on which area you’re targeting, but they can soften wrinkles or enhance and fill in shallow areas. It’s a great solution for the prevention of wrinkles in younger patients. This treatment can last anywhere between a couple of months to a few years.

Difference Between Botox® and Dermal Fillers

There are few main differences between Botox® and dermal fillers. For instance, Botox® works to relax the surrounding muscles around certain wrinkles. It essentially stops creases and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. It lasts about three to four months for most people and will need to be repeated. 

On the other hand, dermal fillers will fill in areas that have lost volume and smoothness using hyaluronic acid. The treatment may last longer and even up to two years.

Can You Have Dermal Fillers and Botox® Together?

While dermal fillers and Botox® have different and unique purposes and formulas, they can be combined into one treatment. A filler can be used to correct the smile lines around the mouth and you can use Botox® to correct the lines between your eyes, for example.

The combination of dermal fillers and Botox® is often referred to as a ‘liquid facelift’.

Benefits of Injectable Anti-Aging Treatments

One benefit of injectable anti-aging treatments is that you’ll have a longer-lasting effect than over-the-counter options. It’s a non-surgical solution and any discomfort is quick and minimal. 

The recovery time is fast and you’ll look younger within a few days. Also, makeup can be worn immediately after your treatments.

Am I a Candidate for Botox® and/or Dermal Fillers?

It’s more than likely you are a candidate for one or both of these treatments, especially if you have concerns related to your skin and wrinkles. 

It’s best to get in touch by scheduling a consultation to learn more about what’s right for you and if you’re a candidate for Botox® and/or dermal fillers.

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