As we age, natural collagen and elastin in the skin decreases which in turn causes fine lines and wrinkles to form. The skin also has hyaluronic acid and as we age this diminishes over time and the face will begin to lose volume and sag.
Botulinum toxin, Botox® is a purified protein which is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause the formation of lines and wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are products that contain hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxlapatite and are used to help lift, restore volume and fill in lines. The chart below indicates a quick snapshot of the difference between Botox and dermal fillers.
Botox is a Muscle Relaxing agent
Fillers are Injectable gels comprised of hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxlapatite
Brands include Botox, Dysport and Xeomin
Brands include Restylane, Juvederm, Beletoro, Radiesse and Sculptra
Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
Lifts, stimulates collagen, restores facial volume and shape
Most commonly treated areas are: frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines
Most commonly treated areas are: cheeks, nasal folds, lips, marionette lines and pre-jowl sulcus
Results last 3 to 5 months
Results last 6 to 18 months
Slight bruising and swelling
Treatment time 15 to 20 minutes
Treatment time 30 to 60 minutes