BOTOX® vs. Dermal Fillers: What’s The Difference?

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BOTOX® and dermal fillers aren’t just popular choices at our medical spa in Rochester—they’re also some of the top cosmetic treatments in the world. These injectables can create age-defying results and improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and more.

Many patients often enjoy using BOTOX or fillers as their first medical spa treatment. But if you’re new to the world of cosmetic procedures, you may be unsure of what differentiates BOTOX from fillers. In this blog post, we’ll outline the benefits of each treatment and explain who is a good candidate.

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX uses an FDA-approved active ingredient called botulinum toxin type A. This neuromodulator relaxes muscles and prevents them from tightly contracting. Because the muscle no longer pulls on the skin, wrinkles don’t form, and the skin appears smooth. BOTOX can ease muscle contractions and wrinkles throughout the face, including:

  • Crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes
  • Vertical lines between your eyebrows
  • Horizontal forehead creases

BOTOX is an excellent nonsurgical treatment for any men or women who want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. You can see some of our patients’ results in our before-and-after photos.

There is no downtime required after a BOTOX treatment, and patients can immediately return to work or home.

How do dermal fillers work?

Different types of fillers contain different active ingredients. Options such as JUVÉDERM use hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in the body that plumps and hydrates the skin. Other brands, such as RADIESSE, use a gel that stimulates collagen production. Different fillers are often best suited to specific areas of the body, creating results such as:

  • Restoring volume to sunken cheeks
  • Plumping up thin lips
  • Improving the appearance of fine lines
  • Brightening up dark areas under the eyes

Dermal fillers are terrific for smoothing over imperfections and restoring a youthful glow to the face. Results can last for several months to several years and can be built upon at the patient’s request.

Combining BOTOX and dermal fillers

BOTOX and dermal fillers create wonderful results for our Rochester patients. When used together, BOTOX and dermal fillers produce a more comprehensive transformation for men and women. By smoothing away wrinkles and restoring youthful volume to the face, patients can take years off their appearance without the need for surgery. Treatments are only needed a couple of times a year and take less than an hour to complete.

By knowing the difference between your injectable treatment options, you can make an informed decision and select the choice that’s best for you. If you would like to learn more about dermal fillers or BOTOX at our medical spa in Rochester, please feel free to book an appointment now. Alternatively, you can contact us or call (585) 244-1010 if you have any questions.

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