Botox® and dermal fillers are effective, nonsurgical ways to enhance your appearance. Both types of treatment are incredibly popular, provide quick results, and require no downtime.
At Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, we offer several types of dermal fillers along with Botox to help you achieve your aesthetic goals such as erasing lines and wrinkles, plumping thinning features, and smoother irregular skin texture.
After a thorough consultation, our expert plastic surgeon, Dr. Jan Garcia, Jr., recommends the type of injectable that’s best for your goals. Both Botox and dermal fillers can address lines and wrinkles, but they don’t work the same way and offer differences when it comes to results.
How Botox works
Botox is FDA approved to smooth wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. Sometimes, it can be used for off-label reasons – like to smooth thick, vertical neck cords or soften lines around the mouth.
Botox is what is known as a neuromodulator. It stops the activity in small muscles that activate when you make expressions, like smiling or squinting. These repeated activities cause wrinkles and lines to appear over time. When the muscle activity is temporarily halted, your skin smooths out and you look younger and brighter.
How dermal fillers work
Dermal fillers contain different ingredients to plump your skin and make wrinkles fade away.
Popular dermal fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane® contain a natural ingredient known as hyaluronic acid. You produce a lot of hyaluronic acid when you’re young, but production slows down as you age. When injected, the compound fills fine lines and wrinkles and can add volume to your lips or cheeks.
Other dermal fillers, like Radiesse®, contain calcium hydroxylapatite to soften nasolabial folds, or laugh lines.
Sculptra Aesthetic® is a type of dermal filler that contains poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate your own body’s collagen development. This build your skin’s inner structure and volume to improve the shape of your features and reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.
So, which is best?
The best type of cosmetic injectable really depends on your aesthetic needs and goals. If your wrinkles most often show when you laugh or get angry, Botox is the answer. For lines that are apparent all the time on the lower half of your face, dermal fillers are a good choice.
If you’re mainly concerned about horizontal forehead lines, worry lines, and crow’s feet, Botox is a good choice. The results you get from Botox last about 3-4 months, and you can get retreatments to maintain your look.
Dermal fillers are usually most effective under the eyes, in the cheeks, and on the jawline. Dermal filler results can last for 6 months and up to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated.
Dr. Garcia may also recommend combining fillers and Botox to get the best results. Both cosmetic treatments require no downtime, so you don’t have to take time off work or worry about long recoveries. In the case of Botox, results are noticeable within a few days. Dermal fillers’ results show up immediately.
If you’re ready to learn how Botox and fillers can transform your look and take years off your face, contact Plastic Surgery Arts Center. Call today or use the “book online” button on this website to request an appointment.