Botox and dermal fillers have revolutionized cosmetic dermatology, as they are now the most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatments. Botox and dermal fillers are both efficient tools in the arsenal of skin care specialists seeking to reduce visible signs of aging. But how do they work and what is the difference between them.
What are the differences between botox and dermal fillers?
Botox is a neurotoxin so unlike fillers that smooth wrinkles by adding volume to the soft tissue, botox works by relaxing the muscles. Botox is injected into specific facial muscles, and interrupts the signal from the nerves to the muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting. As the muscles relax, the wrinkles in the overlying skin soften over time.
Whereas botox targets dynamic wrinkles, dermal fillers can be used to smooth deep wrinkles and folds, such as marionette lines and nasolabial folds.
Aging not only reduces skin elasticity, it also causes the subcutaneous fat layer to become thin, resulting in loss of volume in areas such as the cheeks and temples. Dermal fillers can replenish lost volume. They are also used to create fuller lips.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular fillers available today, because of the remarkable results they provide. When HA fillers are injected under the skin the HA molecules attract and retain water. As a result, they instantly plump wrinkles and add volume to restore youthful facial contours (click here to learn more).
Dermal fillers are more long-lasting, as the effects last 6-12 months, whereas botox results last an average of 3-4 months.
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