BOTOX® vs. Dermal Fillers—What’s the Difference?
BOTOX and dermal fillers at our Fort Worth plastic surgery center can help take years off your appearance with no surgery or downtime, and in under 30 minutes. It’s no wonder these 2 options are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures nationwide. But as popular as they are, they are often incorrectly lumped together as treating the same concerns. Indeed, they are both injectable treatments, but BOTOX and dermal fillers are very different from one another.
BOTOX is the top minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States—and for good reason. Time and time again, this quick and easy treatment leaves patients satisfied with their results.
What can BOTOX do for you?
BOTOX can treat a wide range of concerns—not just cosmetic—for men and women in their early 20s and beyond. BOTOX treatment at Camp Plastic surgery can address the following issues:
- Expressive fine lines and deep wrinkles in the forehead
- Frown lines
- Sagging brow
- Crow’s feet
- Smoker’s lines around the mouth
- Excessive sweating
How does BOTOX work?
BOTOX belongs to a class of products called neuromodulators, which work by blocking the signals to the brain that tell facial muscles to contract. By temporarily relaxing specific muscles, BOTOX can effectively help diminish dynamic wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions.
Similarly, BOTOX prevents excessive sweating by blocking chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. Injections for this purpose are made just beneath the skin and most commonly treat the underarms, feet, hands, or head.
For patients with chronic migraines, BOTOX works by reducing the expression of certain pain pathways involving nerve cells. For some patients, BOTOX not only reduces pain, but also helps with other migraine symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light.
What is BOTOX made of?
BOTOX is made from a botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This neurotoxin is derived from an organism found in natural settings, including soil, lakes, and forests.
How long do BOTOX results last?
Each patient reacts slightly differently to BOTOX, but results typically last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. After that time, you will need to return for a follow-up appointment to maintain your results. Visit our gallery to see before-and-after photos of real patients.
Dermal fillers are number 2 on the list of top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. From celebrities like the Real Housewives to all manner of men and women, many people are reaping the benefits of dermal fillers.
What can dermal fillers do for you?
We offer several dermal fillers that can address various signs of facial aging. Most commonly we use dermal fillers to treat the following concerns:
- Volume loss in the cheeks
- Under-eye hollows
- Resting fine lines and wrinkles
- Thin lips
How do dermal fillers work?
As we age, we naturally lose facial volume and skin elasticity. Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to plump and smooth a predetermined area. They can be used on their own to combat early signs of aging or combined with another form of facial rejuvenation.
What are dermal fillers made of?
There are a few different types of dermal fillers: hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, and Poly-L-lactic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, so there is little chance of allergic reaction. These fillers are the most common and provide immediate results. Popular products using hyaluronic acid include:
- BELOTERO BALANCE®
Calcium Hydroxyapatite is found naturally in human bones, and these fillers are usually used for deeper lines and wrinkles.
Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are classified as collagen stimulators that can help your skin rebuild natural collagen. Results are gradual and long-lasting.
How long do dermal filler results last?
The longevity of the results varies depending on filler type and your personal anatomy, but generally they can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Visit our gallery to see before-and-after photos of some of our patients.
If you are interested in BOTOX or dermal fillers, request a consultation online or give our office a call at (817) 228-4315. Together, we can create a treatment plan that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.