What is the difference between dermal fillers & botox?

When it comes to non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, dermal fillers and botox top the list. Both treatments are popular beauty boosters, because they are minimally invasive and require little to no downtime. But what is the difference between dermal fillers and botox.

Dermal fillers and botox both rejuvenate the face, but they work in different ways to minimize signs of aging.

What is the difference between dermal fillers and botox
Dermal fillers generally fill in or plump facial wrinkles and folds. There are a variety of fillers that can be used on various parts of the face. Some fillers are specially formulated to fill in wrinkles, while others add volume and augment areas such as the cheeks and lips.

The most common dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), and when injected they attract water, creating a plumping effect.

On the other hand, botox works by temporarily blocking signals normally sent from the nerves to the muscle. Injecting botox into the muscle prevents it from contracting, so the wrinkles in the overlying skin soften.

Botox is a neuromodulator that is made from botulinum toxin type A. It is a muscle relaxer that is designed to treat dynamic facial wrinkles, which are the wrinkles that emerge due to regular facial expressions such as squinting or frowning. Botox therefore targets frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.

The effects of botox typically last 4-6 months, while dermal fillers can last 9-18 months, depending on the type of filler used.

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If you are in the Chicago, IL area, Skin Care Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.skincarectr.com, or by calling 773.296.3636 for the Chicago office, 847.234.6121 for Lake Forest, or 847.901.0252 for Glenview.

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