Botox and fillers are anti-aging procedures that are used for facial rejuvenation, but patients are often confused about them and are not aware that they work in different ways. So what is the difference between botox and fillers?
What is the difference between botox and fillers?
The main difference between botox and fillers relates to the way in which they work. Botox is a brand name for a drug known as botulinum toxin type A. It works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, which prevents them from contracting when facial expressions are made. This allows the overlying skin to rest, so the lines and wrinkles will become less visible over time.
Dermal fillers are used to plump wrinkles and folds and replenish volume in areas such as the cheeks and lips. Hyaluronic acid based fillers are the most popular options on the market. HA fillers attract and retain water so they are able to instantly plump the skin to smooth wrinkles and contour hollow areas of the face. Unlike botox, fillers don’t affect the muscles.
Where is botox used?
Botox is most commonly used in the upper third of the face to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. It is ideal for smoothing lines between the brows, across the forehead, and at the corner of the eyes (crow’s feet).
Where are fillers used?
Dermal fillers are typically used to plump lines and wrinkles in the lower face, and add volume to areas such as the cheeks and temples. They can also be used to augment the lips.
Botox typically lasts 3-4 months, whereas dermal fillers last 9-12 months on average.
Would you like to learn more about botox and fillers? If you are in Palm Coast or Daytona Beach, FL, areas, contact Dr. Curtis Schalit for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Schalit at www.drschalit.com, or by calling (386) 204-8156 (Palm Coast) or (386) 463-9778 (Daytona Beach).