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Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: The Facts You Should Know

If you aren’t well-versed in the industry it can be difficult to tell the difference between toxins like Botox and dermal fillers like Resylane or Juvederm. Before you make a decision about either treatment, learn how they differ from each other.

What is Botox?

The botulinum toxin is a natural, purified protein used to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat conditions like hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating. Botox is the original, most popular brand name and the most tested product on the market. After decades of studies and use in medicine, Botox is the safest certified product in the medical and cosmetic field.

The Botox treatment has no associated downtime, but you might suffer slight bruising and swelling directly after the treatment, as a result of the needle. There are no long term side effects to Botox injections. It’s a great treatment for anyone who wants to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and can also improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet. Botox’s results usually last from three to six months.

Those with damaged nerves or muscle complaints should inform doctors of this during their consultation to avoid complications. Treatment isn’t recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers help restore the skin’s natural collagen and elastin, which decreases during the aging process. A dermal filler lifts and smoothes targeted folds and wrinkles by adding subtle amounts of volume, creating a younger, fresher look. Dermal filler treatment involves injecting the naturally occurring product through a tiny needle into the affected area. Discomfort is minimal, as the treatment doesn’t take long to perform, and the outcomes are immediately noticeable.

The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and patients will notice the effects for up to 18 months. As with any injectable treatment, there can be slight bruising or swelling, but it will not last longer than a day and can easily be covered with makeup.

Results of dermal fillers are subtle and natural looking. Doctors won’t just treat a single line. Instead, they’ll focus on softening the entire face because only doing one line can look unnatural. This is a great treatment option for those who want to rejuvenate the skin, reduce lines and add structure and volume to the face.