September 30, 2020
People often bunch together BOTOX and dermal fillers like they’re the same treatment, but they actually aren’t. Each of these injections offers unique benefits, which is why it’s a good idea to know the differences before you place your bet on one over the other. If you have sunken in features or fine lines on your face that make you feel self-conscious, BOTOX or dermal fillers can help. Read on to learn more about each treatment and which one may be the best choice for you.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a product name for a diluted form of botulinum toxin. When injected into certain facial muscles that have been overworked, like the area between your eyebrows, it can help them relax and smooth out. When you make facial expressions, like frowning, you use the same muscles each time you do it. If you routinely express your emotions in this way, it results in fine lines due to these muscles being overworked. Essentially, BOTOX helps destress these areas, making them appear as they did when you were younger and hadn’t used them as much.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are also used to minimize facial traits associated with aging, such as sunken-in cheeks and wrinkles. However, this treatment targets them in a different way from BOTOX. As you age, the collagen beneath your skin will begin to break down as you use your face to express certain emotions. This is a completely normal occurrence that you can’t prevent. As a result, you’ll notice that areas of your face that once appeared full, such as your cheeks and around your eyes, now look a little more sunken and wrinkled. To help give them a gentle and natural-looking lift, dermal fillers can be injected in these areas to restore lost collagen.
Will You Benefit More From BOTOX or Dermal Fillers?
While BOTOX and dermal fillers act to tackle similar imperfections, they do it in different ways that provide subtle and beautiful results. They can also be used together. If you’re looking to improve the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes or between your eyebrows, creases on your forehead, or lines at the corner of your mouth, BOTOX may be the best choice for you. If you’d like to address small lines around the nose and mouth, sunken cheeks and temples, vertical lip lines, thinning lips, or chin creases, dermal fillers may be more beneficial for your needs.
The best way to learn whether you should choose BOTOX or dermal fillers is to consult with your dentist. They can provide you with a professional opinion based on what imperfections you’d like to address and make sure that you achieve the ideal results that you’re hoping for.
About the Author
Dr. Shiloh Lindsey was born and raised in the Fort Collins area and enjoys getting to understand her friends and neighbors in the community. She is committed to continuing her education and keeping up-to-date with the latest cosmetic treatments in her field by taking advanced courses. She offers a variety of custom-tailored cosmetic treatments based on her patients desires to provide them with enhanced smiles and facial features that make them feel more confident. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Aspen Dental Care’s website or call 970-482-3166.
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