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In recent years, injectable treatments have become the go-to for non-invasive procedures. Patients who want to avoid surgery find that they can get the results they want from products such as BOTOX or dermal fillers. While both of these treatments may seem similar, their function is actually quite different. 

While BOTOX works by freezing the underlying muscles of the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dermal fillers primarily focus on restoring lost volume to areas that have been affected by the natural aging process. Both products serve essential roles in any anti-aging routine and can take years off a patient’s look. When used in tandem, the results from BOTOX and fillers can last longer than if they were used alone. 

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is a specific type of injectable known as a neuromodulator. It gets its name from botulinum toxin, which is derived from a specific kind of bacteria. While this toxin can be harmful to people when ingested in large quantities, it is totally safe and effective for treating 

Neuromodulators work by blocking the transmission of neurotransmitters in the underlying muscles of the treatment area. This prevents the muscles from contracting, leading to a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines. BOTOX has the ability to smooth out or eradicate wrinkles altogether. It is most often employed in the eye region, on the forehead, or around the mouth. 

First approved by the FDA in 1989, BOTOX is a safe and popular treatment method for much more than wrinkles. It can also be used to treat migraines, hyperhidrosis, and various other health issues.

While BOTOX is the leading brand, there are now other neuromodulators on the market that patients can choose from, such as Dysport. Nonetheless, BOTOX remains the most popular brand as it is the most widely used by cosmetic practitioners. Furthermore, data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveal that approximately 7.7 million BOTOX treatments were carried out in 2019, making it the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment of that year.

The results from BOTOX and other neuromodulators can last up to 6 months.

What are dermal fillers?

A different type of injectable, dermal fillers works by restoring lost volume to areas of the face that have changed over time. Fillers are considered to be most effective in areas like the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth. By filling in these areas, the face gains a more youthful aesthetic. Fine lines are smoothed out and hollow areas become full again. 

Among the various uses for fillers are:

  • Enhancing the lips’ shape and volume
  • Smoothing out fine lines that develop between the eyebrows 
  • Reducing nasolabial folds, which manifest between the nose and mouth

In some cases, fillers can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars and forehead wrinkles. 

Juvéderm, Sculptra, and Restylane are a few of the most popular dermal fillers employed by cosmetic practitioners today. The active ingredient in these products is a naturally-occurring chemical of the body known as Hyaluronic Acid, which gives the skin a marked plumpness. 

These products were first approved by the FDA back in the early 2000s and have gained a reputation as being safe and reliable anti-aging treatments. Data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that millions of dermal filler treatments are carried out each year, making them one of the most sought-after non-invasive treatments available today. 

What is the takeaway?

All in all, BOTOX and fillers are very different products that are designed to address different issues. The areas in which they are used and their functions differ greatly. What makes them similar, however, is that they are affordable, effective alternatives to surgery. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is highly recommended that patients refer to an experienced, skilled practitioner to carry out their treatments. 

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