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Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: Know the Difference

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Botox and fillers are both cosmetic treatments given by injection, often to help with the signs of aging but that is really where the similarities end. While both are minimally invasive, meaning they require no surgery, the effects of the two are quite different. It’s important to know the differences before looking into having a cosmetic procedure done to ensure your preparing for the correct one.

What is Botox?

Botox actually is a purified form of the botulinum toxin. The botulinum toxin is obtained from bacteria and purified to create the Botox injections we’ve come to know. In small amounts Botox works to block nerve signals in the muscle where injected. The blocked nerve signals allow the muscle to relax temporarily. With no movement from the muscle some wrinkles may soften, reduce, or even be removed. In small doses Botox has been used safely for decades. It is always best to consult a professional that is experienced and properly trained to perform this procedure.

What Can Botox Help With?

Botox works by relaxing the muscles movement, and therefore, only works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. Common treatment areas include crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines, wrinkles between the brows, and lines caused from smiling, frowning, squinting, or any other facial expression. It can even help to alleviate migraine symptoms. Botox is not a permanent treatment and may require continued treatment. It is common for the effects to only last 3 to 4 months.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are substances designed to be injected below the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness. Often referred to as soft tissue fillers these can consist of a variety of substances each designed to treat a different sign of aging or cosmetic issue. The type of filler will also determine the time they take to effectively work and how long they will last. Again, it is best to discuss your needs with a professional to find the best fit for you and discuss any side effects.

What Can Dermal Fillers Help With?

Dermal fillers are often used to treat areas that have thinned from aging and lack collagen but can be used for a variety of other cosmetic improvements. They can be used to fill in shallow areas of the face, remove wrinkles or shadows from under eyes, and soften or remove wrinkles from the lower face. Fillers are often used to plump thinning lips and soften the look of scars. They are best used on static wrinkles, those who appeared as a result of a loss of collagen and elasticity of the skin.

While Botox and fillers are both injections commonly used to treat wrinkles, it is very important to understand the differences in what they can treat. Understanding how they work can help you to remember what they treat. Remember it is best to consult with a professional before deciding on any cosmetic procedure and to know the benefits, as well as risks. Here at Bloom Medical Aesthetics we offer both Botox and Dermal Fillers. Our staff is led by Beth Sheiner, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, who has worked in the cosmetic injection industry since 2009. She is knowledgeable and committed to bringing customers the best in new technology and treatments. For any questions on Botox or dermal fillers or to schedule an appointment contact us on our website or call 720-755-0675!

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