This is one of our first “Ask Azura” questions and it’s a great one – I get asked this question a lot… “When do you choose BOTOX® versus a dermal filler?”
BOTOX® vs. Dermal Filler
Both are injectable options to help the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the face, but each is very different. One works on the movement of a muscle and the other is more about replenishing volume.
BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® (the three FDA approved neurotoxins in the US) are used to relax a muscle and diminish movement. This, in turn, decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When looking in the mirror, you may notice minimal lines or deep lines at rest. These lines can become more prominent with movement, such as with lifting your eyebrows, furrowing the area between the brows or around the eyes with smiling.
The products listed above can be used to limit your motion and give a softer appearance. The three products are made from different manufacturers but generally give a very similar effect and have the same longevity.
Dermal fillers are different in that they do not interfere with muscle movement but rather they create volume in an area of depletion or in an area where you would like enhancement. They “fill up” space with a smooth natural look giving a more contoured appearance. Fillers are popular in the lips, the nasolabial folds, the under eyes, and in the cheeks to give a “liquid facelift” appearance.
If the area of your concern looks better when “plumped up” filler would be your option. Unlike BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®, various fillers will give different effects. Some fillers last only four-to-six months while others can last up to five years. They vary in thickness and concentration of active ingredients as well so some can be used in superficial areas and some must be used in deeper areas.
If you are considering a treatment with any of these types of injectables, we would be honored if you would visit us at Azura Skin Care Center. If you do not visit us, I just ask that you please research the office and provider that you are considering going to, be sure they are properly licensed and have sufficient experience in the procedure you are inquiring about.
Experience goes a long way in these types of procedures!
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