What is the difference between Botox and fillers?

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jun 23, 2014 11:00:00 AM

botox-and-fillers-differencesFine lines, wrinkles, or thinning facial features. These are all natural but unpleasant early signs of aging. Thankfully there are minimally-invasive treatments in the form of Botox® and dermal fillers. The most common treatments for lines and wrinkles are Botox® and dermal fillers; however, many patients don’t understand that the two are not interchangeable. Read on to learn more the difference and how these treatments may help you.

What is Botox®

Botox® is an FDA-approved treatment for fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox® is primarily for the treatment of newer wrinkles and lines, and is a purified derivative of the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Although Botox® is best known as a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, it also has some medical applications, including treatment for excessive underarm sweating, uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm), strabismus (misaligned eyes), and chronic migraines. Contrary to the portrayal of Botox® on sitcoms and comedy television shows, the reality is that Botox® smoothes lines and wrinkles while preserving the ability to show all of the normal facial expressions. The changes created by Botox® are meant to be subtle.

What are dermal fillers

While Botox® primarily treats newer wrinkles and lines, dermal fillers are primarily used to reestablish lost volume for a more youthful appearance and thereby soften or reverse the signs of aging. Dermal fillers may also be used to add fullness to the lips. Monarch Plastic Surgery offers two fillers: Juvéderm® and Radiesse.

Juvéderm® is an injectable FDA-approved gel that contains hyaluronic acid and is used to treat moderate to severe folds and facial wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the skin, but over time the amount diminishes, particularly with excess sun exposure. As the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases, the skin begins to lose volume as well as structural support. The result is facial wrinkles and folds. Most notably is the increased appearance of the lines from the nose to the mouth, called nasolabial folds.

While Juvéderm® is an injectable gel, Radiesse is made up of tiny microspheres that improve volume while also stimulating natural collagen production. Because it stimulates collagen production, Radiesse does double duty. The most immediate effect is added volume and support for the skin while longer term, the body metabolizes Radiesse and leaves behind replenished collagen -- continuing the fullness and improved appearance.

Making the choice: Botox® or dermal fillers?

The best way to determine if Botox® or a dermal filler is right for you is to have a consultation. During your consultation, your skin and facial features will be examined to determine the extent and depth of the lines and wrinkles. During your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss the problem areas you want treated and can learn more about the best options for your needs. For some patients, this will mean either Botox® or a dermal filler -- while other patients may benefit from both types of treatments. 

To learn more about your dermal filler and Botox® options, call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center today to at (913) 317-9386 to schedule a consultation.

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