According to the recent figures by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent roughly more than 2.5 billion dollars on injectables last year. Here at our practice, we have also noticed an increasing demand of injectables for facial rejuvenation — Botox and dermal fillers to be exact.
Although both are quite effective in achieving desired facial rejuvenation outcomes, they actually work differently. We outline their differences below.
When to Use Botox
If there’s one word to describe how Botox works, it would have to be relax. Botox and its sister injectables such as Dysport and Xeomin are effective for wrinkles that are formed through repeated muscle contractions such as facial expressions (smile, laugh, squint, etc). Thus, Botox is your best bet when it comes to reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, laugh lines, and forehead creases. Desired outcomes are visible within a week of the Botox injection and can last between 3 to 4 months. Repeated treatments may be done to achieve long-lasting results.
When to Use Facial Fillers
If relax is the word to perfectly describe Botox, it would have to be refill for facial fillers. On a whole, the main goal of fillers is to restore facial volume and improve the appearance of sunken cheeks, nasolabial folds, thinning lips, forehead creases or anything that contributes to a sallow complexion. There are various types of fillers — from those that contain naturally occurring substances such as collagen and hyaluronic acid to those that contain synthetic materials. Results can last between 3 to 18 months, depending on the dermal filler of your choice.
Combining Botox and Dermal Fillers
Many people would assume that dermal fillers and Botox should be used separately. They can actually be combined to achieve desired outcomes. It’s like having wine and cheese or chocolate and peanut butter where one is independently awesome but having both yields more outstanding outcomes.
Would you like to learn more about how Botox and dermal fillers? We’ll do more than just provide you with information; we will also create a personalized facial rejuvenation plan for you! Get in touch with us today for a personal consultation by calling 408.559.4700 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!