There are several injectable products that are commonly used today. The most popular wrinkle reducer around is Botox, though Dysport is also available in our Campbell office. In addition to smoothing wrinkles with a neuromodulator, patients also often inquire about dermal fillers like Juvéderm to fill lines and creases. If you’re ready to dip your toes into the injectable pool, you may have the perception that injectables sit in an “either/or” arena. In fact, there are good reasons to combine a neuromodulator like Botox with dermal fillers. Here, we discuss why.
Neuromodulators and Fillers: What They Do
Botox and Dysport are injectable products made from a highly-purified neurotoxin. This type of therapy has been used for many years in clinical medicine as a way to treat uncontrollable muscle contractions related to certain medical conditions. Cosmetically, minute amounts of neurotoxin attach to nerve-receptors to diminish the intensity of muscle contractions in areas such as the forehead and brow line.
While a neurotoxin is administered into muscle tissue, dermal fillers are more useful in superficial tissue just beneath the skin. Fillers are made of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which build a new foundation beneath lines and wrinkles, so these creases rise to the same level as surrounding tissue. Several filler products have been developed in recent years to address the nuances of facial tissue. Some fillers are thinner and smoother for delicate areas such as the lips, and some are thicker for use deeper beneath the skin of the cheeks.
Fillers and Botox are Besties
There is no competition between Botox and dermal fillers; the two types of injectables are besties for life. They complement each other amazingly well because they have different effects on the face. Combining muscle-relaxing neuromodulators with skin-plumping dermal fillers can not only achieve better results from a single trip to the office but also results that can last longer. Some studies suggest that when a neuromodulator is used in the same general area as dermal fillers, the filler product breaks down more slowly than it would if muscles contracted at their regular strength.
Anti-aging has never been more convenient or practical. Learn more about how neuromodulators and dermal fillers can combine to personalize your facial rejuvenation treatment. Call our Campbell office to schedule a visit.