When it comes to fixing facial flaws, you have an abundance of nonsurgical treatment options to help you achieve your beauty goals. But when it comes to Botox® versus fillers, you may wonder which one is right for you.
At Medical Aesthetics & Laser in Walnut Creek, California, our medical aesthetic specialist Dr. Safoora Zaka offers both types of cosmetic injections. Though both Botox and fillers help your fight against the visible signs of aging, they each have a different use.
We want to share with you the differences between Botox and fillers to help you decide which one is best for you.
When wrinkles are a problem
Not all wrinkles are created equal. Your crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles are the result of repeated facial expressions.
When you squint, frown, or raise your forehead in surprise, the muscles that cause the expression create grooves in your skin. As you get older, your skin’s production of collagen and elastin — the proteins that keep your skin strong, resilient, and youthful — slow down.
Over time, the facial grooves caused by your repeated facial expressions become more permanent because of the changes in your aging skin.
Botox for dynamic wrinkles
Botox, also called botulinum toxin therapy, is a cosmetic injection that works by temporarily reducing muscle activity. This allows your frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles to relax and smooth out.
To soften and smooth out your frown lines, we may suggest Dysport® for your cosmetic injections. Dysport is a type of botulinum toxin therapy that’s FDA approved to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines for up to five months.
Botox and Dysport injections only take a few minutes to administer, which makes it the perfect lunchtime beauty treatment.
Fillers for volume
Unlike Botox, which paralyzes muscles, fillers work by restoring lost volume to your face.
In addition to collagen and elastin, the subcutaneous fat under your skin also diminishes with age. The loss of volume along with the change in your skin’s elasticity causes your skin to stretch and sag.
At our medical spa, we use Juvéderm® and Restylane® fillers to replace volume loss and smooth out lines and wrinkles, as well as add volume to enhance your look.
Fillers may be right for you if you’re searching for a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment to:
- Plump up your thin lips
- Lift your sagging jowls
- Enhance sunken cheeks
- Fill in facial folds
- Smooth out vertical lip lines
- Diminish your chin crease
- Fix depressed acne scars
Your filler injections take a bit longer than Botox, but the results are immediate and last six or more months, depending on the type of filler used.
When both are right for you
Botox and fillers address different beauty concerns and compliment each other. Depending on your skin care needs and beauty goals, we may recommend both cosmetic injections to rejuvenate your look and enhance your natural beauty.
Whether it’s Botox, fillers, or both, we can help you get the look you want. Contact us by phone or online today.