Botox and dermal fillers are closely related cousins, both designed to rejuvenate your skin and give you a healthier, more youthful appearance. But these two injectable treatments are distinct in the problems they address, the way they work, and where they are applied.
Botox injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure, used to reduce facial wrinkles through minimally invasive injections. Made from botulinum toxin A, Botox is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent approved by the FDA for several different uses. It can block the nerve muscles responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing them away to produce a younger and more refreshed appearance.
Botox treatments are usually focused on the forehead, the upper face, and around the eyes, but they can also address smoker-lines, lip wrinkles, laugh lines, neck wrinkles, and many other issues.
While Botox treatments address lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections by targeting the muscles responsible for causing them, dermal fillers work by plumping facial features to counteract volume loss that is a natural part of aging and a primary cause of wrinkles.
Like Botox, dermal fillers are injected into the skin. Unlike Botox, dermal filler injections tend to address issues in the lower two-thirds of the face, plumping facial features such as the cheeks, lips, chin, and other areas.
Miami Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr. Busso offers a wide array of dermal filler treatments, including:
- Juvéderm Voluma
- Juvéderm Volbella
- Restylane® Silk
- Restylane® Defyne
- Sculptra Aesthetic®
- Silikon™ 1000
The fillers typically remain in the skin for six to 18 months. They work by attracting water to the injection site and increasing collagen production at and around the treatment area. In combination with the filler itself, these effects increase the volume of the area under the skin, stretching the skin and thus reducing and fading wrinkles.
Given how and why Botox and dermal fillers are used, they are frequently used together, with each treatment targeting different issues. An aesthetic dermatologist can develop an optimal treatment protocol specifically tailored to achieve your goals using Botox and fillers separately or in conjunction with one another.
Dr. Mariano Busso is named a “leader in the clinical research and development of Dermal Filler” by the American Academy of Dermatology. An expert in all things skincare and aesthetics, Dr. Busso has coached physicians all over the country on his innovative techniques and quality of care. Call us today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation. Together, we can help you put your best face forward.