The Difference Between Botox And Dermal Fillers?

The Difference Between Botox And Dermal Fillers?

Posted by: Dr Monica Amin

Cosmetic treatment options to remove facial wrinkles and creases are becoming increasingly abundant. While there are numerous over-the-counter wrinkle-removing products available, people are now turning towards longer-lasting, professionally applied treatment options such as Botox and dermal fillers. Although these treatment options are minimally invasive and provide the same effect, they work differently. In this blog, we provide a comparative overview of botox and dermal fillers and facial aesthetic treatment options, to help you make an informed decision. So, read on to learn more about these treatment options. 

What Is The Difference Between Dermal Fillers And Botox?

Both botox and dermal fillers are non-surgical, medical treatment options that are administered through injections to remove facial wrinkles and rejuvenate the smile. However, there are several differences between these two options. While botox consists of purified bacteria that temporarily paralyze the facial muscles, dermal fillers add volume to the skin for removing wrinkles and crease lines. 

What Is Botox And Filler Treatment?

Botox and dermal fillers are used for treating various cosmetic disorders:

  • Wrinkles
  • Creases
  • Crows feet
  • Sagging skin lines

Both these treatment options are non-invasive, implying that they do not require surgical treatment and can be performed at the dentist practice within an hour. The main difference between botox and dermal fillers is that botox may take up to 2 weeks to show effects while dermal fillers show immediate results. 

What Is Better – Botox Or Juvederm?

While both botox and juvederm have similar goals – to remove skin wrinkles – they have different active ingredients. Botox works by injecting purified botulinum toxin from a bacterium, which temporarily paralyzes the muscles and removes the wrinkles. On the other hand, juvederm contains hyaluronic acid, which acts as a filler and plumps the skin to remove cosmetic defects. However, juvederm has a quick onset of action and its effects tend to last longer. So, if we’re considering which option is longer lasting, then juvederm is a better option. However, your cosmetic dentist will advise a treatment option that best suits your dental and facial cosmetic needs. 

What Are The Benefits Of Dermal Filler Treatments?

If you’re having difficulty in choosing between botox and dermal fillers, here are some advantages of dermal fillers over botox, to help you decide:

  • Immediate results – compared to botox, dermal fillers provide immediate results 
  • Longer-lasting – dermal fillers last much longer than botox injections 
  • Minimal Side Effects – dermal fillers do not carry any significant side effects or risk of allergies 
  • Improved Self-confidence – dermal fillers help improve your smile, which can have a direct influence on your self-esteem. 
  • Combination Treatment – treatment with dermal fillers can be combined with botox, to maximise the aesthetic outcome. 

Getting Rid Of Under Eye Wrinkles – Botox Or Fillers?

Both dermal fillers and botox injections are suitable for removing under-eye wrinkles. However, if you’re seeking quick and longer-lasting results, you should prefer dermal fillers. Botox injection may take up to 2 weeks to show their aesthetic results. However, dermal fillers are generally more expensive than botox. So, if the treatment cost is not a concern, dermal fillers may be a more suitable option for under-eye wrinkle treatment. You may also consult with your cosmetic dentist regarding a choice that best suits your needs. 

Is Botox The Temporary Wrinkle Solution?

Both dermal fillers and botox treatment provide quick results. However, botox injections to treat dynamic wrinkles take longer and fade away relatively quickly. On the other hand, dermal fillers take immediate effect and tend to last longer. If you’re looking for a permanent solution for your facial cosmetic defects, you may consider getting facial cosmetic surgery by a plastic surgeon. 

How Should I Prepare For Botox And Fillers?

There is no special preparation required for botox or dermal filler treatment. However, there are certain precautions you must take before undergoing treatment for optimal results:

  • Do not drink wine for at least one week before the treatment 
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication during the week before botox treatment 
  • Avoid garlic-containing foods 
  • Avoid heavy workout 
  • Use gentle facial cleansers 

How Does Botox Get Rid Of Wrinkles So Efficiently?

Botox consists of botulinum – a neurotoxin released by a bacterium. A mild form of this toxin is inserted into the skin, which results in the transient paralysis of the muscle muscles. As a result, the muscles are relaxed and are unable to move. This results in the removal of dynamic skin wrinkles. However, it must be noted that botox only works effectively on wrinkles caused by muscle movement, also called dynamic wrinkles or expression lines. 

Is Lip Filler Safe? How Long Is The Effect?

Lip fillers are of the most commonly performed cosmetic treatments worldwide. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 2.4 million soft tissue filler procedures were performed in the US in 2015 alone. Since dermal lip fillers are non-invasive procedures and do not contain any harmful ingredients, they are safe for human use. Besides, they also last much longer than botox. On average, dermal filler treatment can last for up to one year. 

If you search the internet for dermal filler treatment, you will find numerous non-medical companies claiming to provide exceptional results. However, for best results, dermal filler or botox treatment should always be performed by an experienced medical or dental professional. If you’re interested in non-invasive facial wrinkle treatment in Elizabeth Street, your first choice should be Elizabeth Street Dentist, where we provide high-quality cosmetic and general dentistry to our esteemed patients. If you would like to know more about this treatment, you are welcome to book a virtual or face-face consultation with our dentists. 

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