Our skin can’t always keep up as we age, leading to wrinkles and fine lines that can leave us feeling self-conscious. Thankfully, two of the leading non-invasive cosmetic dermatology procedures, Botox and dermal fillers, can help restore your self confidence.
Botox has been on the market for decades as a wrinkle reduction treatment, and its staying power is owed to how effective and safe it can be. Botox uses a protein derived from the botulinum toxin to inhibit nerve impulses in facial muscles. Don’t let the word toxin scare you; while Botox does involve a neurotoxin, it’s in small, controlled doses, and when administered by a dermatologist, it’s incredibly safe. So what does freezing muscles in the face do to fix wrinkles? The specific type of wrinkles Botox is designed to treat are referred to as dynamic wrinkles. These are wrinkles that form on the skin over muscles that are regularly moving. Dynamic facial wrinkles include crow’s feet, frown lines, and glabellar lines.
So what makes Botox an effective anti-aging, wrinkle-reducing wonder treatment? It really all comes down to how quick, easy, and effective Botox treatments can be. While Botox can’t treat all facial wrinkles, or any wrinkles on the body, what it can treat are perhaps the most common types of wrinkles. That makes it a very sought-after treatment that’s constantly improved for safety and efficiency’s sake.
Dermal fillers are a bit newer to the cosmetic dermatology scene than Botox, but they make up for their recency with a broad range of products and applications. Dermal fillers go by many names and are useful for treating wrinkles beyond the face. Some dermal fillers are approved for reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the hands or even scarring. The main problem areas that most dermal fillers focus on include the cheeks, mouth, lips, and under the eyes. Dermal fillers work by physically filling in wrinkles and fine lines, using injectable substances like hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyl apatite. Hyaluronic acid fillers supplement the skin’s natural reserves of this substance, which helps skin cells retain moisture. Other fillers, like calcium hydroxyl apatite, are artificial microbeads that are suspended in a solution.
Dermal fillers work, and there are millions of happy customers who are living proof of that. What filler is right for you depends on many factors, including your age and your specific problem areas. Chances are that there’s a filler that can work for you, but are fillers the right direction for your particular needs?
Here we are at the question, and the answer is a bit complex. When it comes to which treatment is better for wrinkles, Botox and dermal fillers both can be the best fit. Like most cosmetic treatments, no one product can solve all your problems. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have more than one product. Botox and dermal fillers both work for the conditions they’re specifically approved for and created to treat. So for general, static (non-muscular) wrinkles, dermal fillers are the better option because Botox can’t help. Without repetitive muscle movement, crow’s feet and frown lines begin to fade after Botox. But Botox can’t be injected into the lips to plump them up. So you probably see where this is going: no one treatment fits all of anyone’s anti-aging wrinkle reduction needs. But if you’re aware of what these two products are capable of, you should be better off when it comes to deciding what’s best for you. While the results of fillers and Botox are only temporary, they’re remarkable and can last for many months. With either treatment, injections can be scheduled on a maintenance plan that will help keep wrinkles at bay.
Still having trouble determining what’s right for your needs? Not a problem. Reach out today and let the pros at Pacific Dermatology Specialists guide you on your path toward wrinkle reduction.