Fillers vs. Botox®: Which Is Best for You? | Facial Aesthetics Chicago IL

Botox® and fillers are both cosmetic treatments that are used to enhance the look and volume of the face. In many ways, they are similar, in that they are both minimally invasive and do not require surgery. In spite of their similarities, Botox® and fillers have several differences that make them suitable for different procedures. When considering cosmetic treatments, it’s important to know which approach is best for you.

Exactly what is Botox®?

Botox® is a cosmetic procedure derived from a toxin called botulinum. A small amount of this substance is injected into a muscle in order for it to work. It settles on nerves within the treated area, blocking the transmission of signals. These interruptions result in temporary paralysis of the affected muscle, which softens and removes wrinkles.

Botox® is typically used to treat dynamic wrinkles on the face. The effects of this treatment last for a few months at a time before it must be reapplied. Every year, millions of Botox procedures are performed, resulting in happy and confident patients.

What are dermal fillers?

A dermal filler is also known as a soft tissue filler. As opposed to being injected into a muscle to block nerve signals, fillers are used to add volume and fullness to the surface of the skin. As a result, signs of aging are reduced. There are a variety of substances used in dermal fillers, including:

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral compound found in bone
  • Hyaluronic acid, found in bodily fluids and used to add plumpness to the skin
  • Polyalkylimide, a transparent gel
  • Polylactic acid, which stimulates collagen synthesis
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres, a semi-permanent filler

In contrast to Botox, fillers last for many years. They are used to treat a broader range of aging issues than Botox alone. The use of dermal fillers can enhance the appearance of thin lips, raise shallow areas of the face, and fill in recessed scars.

What is the best option for me?

Ultimately, the decision between Botox® and dermal fillers is determined by what you wish to achieve with your cosmetic procedure. Both are suitable for different purposes.

It is recommended that you use Botox® if you wish to prevent wrinkles and creases caused by facial expressions. It is necessary to apply the treatment every few months, but it is well worth the effort when it results in a smoother appearance for your face. Alternatively, if you wish to add volume and fullness to your lips and face, dermal fillers are a good choice. It is possible to combine Botox® and fillers for dramatic results in one treatment.

While Botox® and dermal fillers appear similar, they differ in a number of ways. In addition to their individual strengths, they can work together to give you the look you desire. Contact us today for a consultation if you are interested in learning more about Botox® or dermal fillers.

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