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 VS 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|
|No downtime||Slight bruising and swelling|
|Treatment time 15 to 20 minutes||Treatment time 30 to 60 min|
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