At first glance, Botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin) and dermal fillers might appear to be very similar. But if you take a closer look, they differ in terms of function, efficacy, and longevity of treatment results. Here’s what you should know about Botox and fillers as you decide which one is best for you here in Westchester.
How the Injectables Work
Botulinum toxin such as Botox or Dysport is a neurotoxin that is injected into the skin to relax the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles to form. Dynamic wrinkles are those formed by frequent muscle movements. Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles fall into this category.
Fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra, are made from hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, or hydroxylapatite. As their name implies, these injectables “fill” in static wrinkles and add volume to areas like nasolabial folds, lips and cheeks. Static wrinkles are the fine lines that appear on your skin when the body’s collagen and elastin production slows down during the natural aging process.
How Long Results Last
Longevity of the results is another consideration when deciding between Botox and fillers. Typically, Botox results last up to three to four months. But filler results can last anywhere from six months to two years.
Which Option to Pick
Botox is a smart choice if your main skin care goal is to minimize wrinkles caused by muscle movements. However, if your primary concern is static wrinkles or shallow areas of skin, then a dermal filler or combination of fillers is the better choice. Depending on your skin’s condition and needs, however, you might want a treatment plan that incorporates both Botox and fillers.
Let SkinCenter Be Your Guide
Still not sure whether you need Botox, fillers, or a combination of both? No worries! Let the aesthetic providers at Westchester’s best SkinCenter share their expertise. Contact us to book a free consultation so we can create a personalized treatment plan to achieve your beauty goals.
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