Introduction To Botox And Dermal Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are two popular non-surgical facial treatments. Both treatments are designed to target specific skin concerns but use different methods and contain different ingredients. 

Trying to decide if Botox or dermal fillers are the best treatment for your skin concerns? Whether you’re struggling with bunny lines, forehead wrinkles, or a loss of cheek volume, there’s a minimally invasive facial treatment that’s right for you.

In this article, we’ll explore the differences between Botox and dermal fillers, so you can decide which non-surgical facial treatment you should consider. 

Here’s everything you need to know:

What Is Botox®?

Over the years, Botox® has become arguably the most popular minimally invasive facial treatment for minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox® contains a specific type of neurotoxin that freezes the muscles on the face. The injections prevent the muscles from moving, helping patients achieve a more youthful and smooth complexion.

Studies suggest that Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical facial treatments. It’s expected that over 7.3 million Botox injections are performed annually around the world. Botox is considered a safe and effective wrinkle treatment, as long as you’re receiving treatment from a certified plastic surgeon or health care provider. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers contain soft tissue fillers typically made of Poly-L-lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, or calcium hydroxylapatite. These non-surgical facial injections are designed to help restore volume, eliminate wrinkles, and soften creases. 

Dermal fillers are the second most popular non-surgical facial treatment, right before botox. It’s expected it accounts for around 30% of all non-surgical procedures

Differences Between Botox And Dermal Fillers

When deciding between Botox or dermal fillers, there are a few key differences you’ll want to consider to determine which treatment is right for you.

Here’s how the two treatments differ:

Areas Of The Face Treated

One of the benefits of Botox is its versatility. Botox is commonly used to treat wrinkles found on the face or neck. Botox can also be used to eliminate the dents in the chin, remove aging muscle necklines, or provide a subtle brow lift. 

There are also many benefits of dermal fillers. While dermal fillers may not be much of an effective wrinkle treatment, they can be used on similar areas of the face. Dermal fillers help restore volume. It’s commonly used under the eyes, chin, lips, jaw and nose. Dermal fillers can also help eliminate acne scars on the forehead or reduce the appearance of marionette lines.

Effects Of Botox Vs Dermal Fillers

Botox is the most popular choice for wrinkle treatment. This injectable cosmetic procedure can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. Common wrinkles it can help with include forehead wrinkles, bunny lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, and brow lines. 

While dermal fillers are commonly used to restore volume. It can help restore volume on the lip line, under the eyes, and cheeks. Dermal filler can also help minimize the appearance of deep lines and creases.

Depending on what skin imperfections you’re hoping to treat with Botox or dermal fillers, will decide which injections will deliver your desired results. There are many benefits of Botox and dermal fillers. To determine which treatment is right for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon. 

Duration Of Results

The benefits of dermal fillers typically last between six to twelve months. Depending on the type of dermal fillers you receive, some fillers can provide long-lasting results for up to two years. Many patients get regular touch-ups to maintain their results throughout the year.

Botox lasts anywhere from three to twelve months. How long the treatment lasts will depend on how many units are injected and what part of the face is treated. 

Regardless of which option, both Botox and dermal fillers can deliver long-lasting results for individuals. Both options are also considered minimally invasive facial treatments and are ideal alternatives to surgical options. 

Side Effects And Risks

As with any non-surgical facial treatments, there are side effects and risks of both you’ll want to be mindful of. 

After Botox, many patients experience swelling, bruising, or redness near the injection site. This should subside after a few days. Other side effects that aren’t as common include muscle weakness, eyelid drooping, and trouble speaking or swallowing. 

Many patients also experience swelling, bruising, and redness after dermal fillers. Less common side effects include allergic reactions, necrosis, and inflammation. 

Both facial treatments come with their own risks and side effects. To minimize risk, it’s best to go to a board-certified surgeon who has the skills and expertise to safely provide Botox or dermal fillers.

Cost Comparison

The cost for dermal fillers or Botox will vary depending on the areas of the face being treated, how many units, and any touch ups you may need throughout the year. If you’re interested in Botox or dermal fillers, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Egozi Plastic Surgery for a quote for your treatment. Call (727) 461-5872 to book an appointment today. 

Why Egozi Plastic Surgery is the Best Choice for Your Dermal Fillers

Eric Egozi is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Clearwater, Florida. He has been helping patients find the best treatment plan for non-surgical facial treatments and injections since 2008. Whether you want to restore volume in your cheeks, minimize fine lines, or eliminate dark undereye circles. Dr. Egozi will help you revive your appearance and eliminate insecurities with Botox or dermal fillers. 

Schedule a consultation today. 

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