The demand for wrinkle treatments seems to grow more and more every year. Some people buy over-the-counter products to improve their appearances, while others consult their doctors for surgical options with more long-term results. BOTOX and dermal fillers are both non-invasive middle-ground options that have become increasingly popular in recent years. While both are used to treat age-related creases and lines, some differences need to be considered.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables composed of various age-defying ingredients. While some contain collagen-boosting agents such as poly-L-lactic acid, the vast majority use hyaluronic acid as their base. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that is found in the body. It’s an entirely safe and natural compound that, when injected in the form of dermal fillers, helps to hydrate, plump, and firm tired-looking complexions.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is an injectable that is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX injections are designed to weaken certain muscles and block specific nerves that cause wrinkles to form in the first place. For decades, BOTOX has been used to treat dynamic facial creases (lines that result from smiling, laughing, frowning, or squinting).
What is the difference between them?
The mechanisms of BOTOX and dermal fillers are entirely different from one another. BOTOX works by paralyzing specific muscles to target ‘dynamic wrinkles’. When these tiny muscles stop moving, the wrinkles in the surrounding area (usually around the mouth and eyes) become less noticeable. On the other hand, dermal fillers focus on combating volume loss and filling in depressions and indentations. Whether the goal is to provide more volume to the lips or soften the look of scars, dermal fillers can get the job done.
What are the benefits of combining BOTOX and dermal fillers?
One of the most significant benefits of combining these two methods is that BOTOX limits facial muscle activity. This helps extend the effects of dermal fillers, as facial movement is one of the reasons that the injections dissipate over time.
In addition to this, many patients enjoy the ability to address several issues all at once. Both fine lines and dynamic wrinkles can be improved simultaneously by administering both treatments together. Patients don’t have to wait for months to have all of their wrinkle concerns taken care of.
What is the takeaway?
All in all, both of these treatments are effective for anybody that wants to achieve a revitalized, rejuvenated appearance. Combining BOTOX and dermal fillers is a sure-fire way to maximize your anti-aging results. Whether you are struggling with dynamic wrinkles or fine lines, call us today at ZL Medspa and find out how you can regain your sense of self-confidence.