Botox and dermal fillers have been on the rise in recent years and many people use the terms interchangeably. But in fact, Botox and dermal fillers address different issues and use different methods to rejuvenate the face or body.
The main difference between the two is that Botox (and Dysport) are “freezers” and dermal fillers are “fillers.”
Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators that temporarily stop the movement of muscles to soften lines and stop overactive muscles. Overactive muscles can create dynamic wrinkles between the eyebrows and around the eyes and mouth that worsen with use. Botox is also a popular treatment for migraines, teeth grinding, and rosacea.
Dermal fillers fill in areas of the skin and face that have volume deficiency and stimulate collagen production, adding plumpness and erasing fine lines or wrinkles. Sometimes volume loss is light, so thin fillers are used. If the area needs more volume, more sturdy fillers are used. Some fillers are capable of creating a lift in the face when placed in the correct areas.
Which is Right for Me?
The choice between Botox/Dysport and dermal facial fillers depends on the type of wrinkles you wish to address. Botox and Dysport work better for dynamic wrinkles – wrinkles that appear when the face is in motion or making an expression. Facial fillers work well for static wrinkles – wrinkles that are visible when your face is relaxed or for areas of the face that have lost their fullness.
The main difference between Botox and Dysport and other dermal fillers is that Botox and Dysport reduce activity of the muscles and dermal fillers fill the treatment area with collagen to plump the skin.
To learn more about Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers and which might be best for you, or to schedule your consultation at Privet Aesthetics, please fill out the form on this page or call our Beverly Hills office at (310) 860-8915 or our Pasadena office at (626) 537-3737.