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The Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Botox

Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are on the rise, with dermal fillers and Botox being some of the most popular. However, not everyone understands the difference between these injectable treatments. Not only are these treatments formulated differently, they also treat different signs of aging.

Differences to Look Out For

A general rule to remember is that dermal fillers typically treat facial issues from the eyes down, while Botox treats wrinkles and lines from the eyes upwards (although there are exceptions).

Botox and its cousin Dysport are neuromodulators made up of botulinum toxin that work by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. When muscles contract during facial expressions, wrinkles form over time. Botox can therefore be used as preventative treatment, stopping wrinkles from forming.

Common dermal fillers are usually made up of hyaluronic acid and other well tolerated substances, and are meant to add fullness under the skin to smooth away lines and folds. They also add fullness to hollow areas of the face. Patients who wish to smooth nasolabial folds and marionette lines, restore fullness to mid-face volume loss, or plump their lips can often turn to dermal fillers. There are many options and varieties for the use of these products.

Dermal fillers and botox also have different longevity. Dermal fillers, depending on the type, can last anywhere from nine to 12 months, while Botox commonly lasts for about four months. This, of course, can differ from patient to patient due to genetic and environmental differences.

If you are located in the Virginia Beach or Norfolk area and are interested in Botox or dermal fillers, contact Associates in Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.