Botox and Fillers are the two buzzwords in aesthetic medicine nowadays. These two inject-able drugs captured the market much faster than the researchers and their manufacturers had expected before introducing them in the market. Most people know them as two effective anti-aging tools, but they are a lot more than that. Think of lip augmentation or enhancing your facial contours or raising depressed scars, Botox and Dermal Fillers will be your doctor’s first choice. Why? Because they are not only easy to be administered but also offer instant and accurate results, thus their client satisfaction rate is very high.
Now you must be wondering if Botox and fillers can be used interchangeably, then which of them should be used, or which one would be more effective. Well, Botox injections and Dermal Fillers are not perfect substitutes of each other. Like any other cosmetic treatment, these injectable drugs also have several limitations that you must know, because this will help you decide which treatment will be best for you.
Here is some basic information about how Botox is different from Dermal Fillers.
- Botox is a naturally occurring neurotoxin called Botulinum Toxin and is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
- Botox is actually the brand name. The toxin is also sold with other brand names as well, including Dysport and Xeomin, and they have also been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- This injectable drug is primarily used for treating fine lines and wrinkles that start appearing on face and neck overtime. Most commonly treated facial wrinkles include crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, laugh lines around mouth and smoker lines around the lips.
- Botox has also got FDA’s approval for treating numerous medical conditions, including excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), blepharospasm, strabismus, migraine, chronic lower back pain and cerebral palsy.
- Dermatologists around the world are also using it for lip augmentation, but the FDA has not approved it yet for that purpose.
- It can also be used for altering facial expressions, primarily by eliminating facial wrinkles and creases. But it can also be used for freezing certain areas of face to artistically alter the facial contours.
- Fine, hair-thin needles are used for injecting Botox into the skin.
- Results of Botox treatment are consistently natural, but temporary. You will need a reinjection every 4 to 6 months will be required to maintain the effects of treatment.
- Fillers get their name from the basic purpose they serve and not from the name of the brand producing them.
- Fillers can be natural as well as synthetic. The most commonly used natural filler is the fat from your own body.
- A wide range of synthetic fillers is available in the market, namely Juvéderm Ultra, Juvéderm Ultra Plus, Perlane, Radiesse, Restylane and Sculptra.
- Like Botox, fillers are also primarily used for erasing facial wrinkles and lines. While Botox can help eliminate superficial lines and creases, fillers can be used for erasing deep, etched wrinkles and expression lines.
- Besides eliminating fine lines and creases, fillers are also used for plumping up facial contours, especially sagging hog jowls.
- Fillers can also be safely used for plumping up thin lips, and unlike Botox injections, they have got FDA’s approval as well for that.
- Dermal fillers are also effectively used for raising depressed acne and surgical scars.
- Dermatologists are also using fillers for rejuvenating the aging looks of the hands.
- While Botox remove wrinkles by relaxing the muscles, fillers simply fill up the wrinkle depressions.
- Botox cannot be used for adding volume to facial contours, while fillers can effectively do that.
- Botulinum toxin works by preventing the muscles from contracting, whereas fillers act like a sponge in the facial tissues, where they absorb water from the body, thereby plumping up the treated area(s).
- Like Botox, results of dermal fillers are also temporary, but are relatively lasting. While the effects of Botox last for six months at most, results of fillers can last anywhere between 6 and 18 months.
- Fillers are administered using a canola tube, thus minimizing the pain.
Having that said, the most important thing about these two anti-aging inject-able medications is that their efficacy and safety depends a lot on the experience of the person administering them. Both these drugs are quite safe and effective, but only when administered by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist. Getting the procedure done by an inexperienced nurse practitioner could cause some serious side effects. Botox particularly could be very dangerous when in inexperienced hands.
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