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Are Fillers and BOTOX® the Same Thing?

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation has become far safer, more effective, and subtler than plastic surgery. If you’ve heard about injectables like BOTOX® or dermal fillers, it can be easy to confuse them and their goals. If you’re interested in pursuing your options with injectable treatments, it’s important to know more about them.

Many people have hunches and assumptions about these treatments, but we’re here to answer some of your common queries about facial rejuvenation.

What are Dermal Fillers and BOTOX made of?

The differences between the two treatments begin with their materials. They’re both made of biocompatible, safe materials, and have been in use for many decades. BOTOX, also known as Botulinum Toxin A, is an FDA-approved neurotoxin used to prevent hyperactive muscles from contracting. Hyaluronic acid is often used in dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar which binds to water in your body and creates volume.

How are BOTOX and Dermal Fillers used?

While BOTOX is used to smooth and prevent wrinkles, dermal fillers augment or replace volume in parts of the face that have lost volume due to aging. BOTOX is used primarily to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face. It relaxes the muscles that cause the skin to wrinkle and furrow, preventing them from contracting and forming creases over time. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used to treat volume loss. They can add volume to popular areas such as the lips and cheeks.

BOTOX and Dermal Filler Treatment Areas

BOTOX treats parts of the face that are more expressive, such as crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles. These are all locations where muscles generate highly dynamic facial emotions, such as smiling or frowning. Dermal fillers are used on the mid-to-lower face. This is because as you lose volume, the leftover skin is dragged down by gravity, resulting in flatness and folds. As a result, fillers are frequently used to treat the cheeks, tear troughs, and lips.

Benefits of BOTOX and Fillers

If you have pockets of falling skin or hollows that suggest volume loss, dermal fillers may help. Wrinkles during expression or static lines (wrinkles that appear even when you’re not expressing yourself), are one of the most common signs that we may require BOTOX. Such wrinkles develop because, starting in your late 20s, you begin to lose the proteins (collagen and elastin) that keep these regions firm and plump, leading to decreased elasticity and youthfulness. Hyaluronic acid replicates the support of these proteins to provide a better base for the skin above it.

How long do BOTOX and Fillers last?

Dermal filler effects typically last between 6 and 12 months; however, this may vary depending on the filler used and its location. BOTOX, on the other hand, can last for 3-4 months.

Schedule a Consultation

The field of facial aesthetics is growing by the year, with new treatments and options becoming accessible daily. Nouveau Health & Wellness is thrilled to provide Botox and dermal fillers in Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach, FL. Professionalism, compassion, and a wealth of expertise and experience are the hallmarks of our team. If you’d like to learn more about how we may help you, please give us a call or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll set up an appointment.