While dermal fillers and BOTOX® are becoming more and more popular, there is still a lot of confusion about what each product does. Some people think that these products can be used interchangeably. That is not the case. Let’s discuss some of the basics about BOTOX®/dermal fillers and how they differ.
What are the Basics of BOTOX®/Dermal Fillers?
BOTOX® is injected directly into the facial muscles. It causes these muscles to relax by interrupting the communication between the nerves and facial muscles. This product works because of the way that muscle contractions cause dynamic wrinkles. When you make the same expressions again and again throughout your life, your skin will wrinkle where the muscles contract. When these muscles are relaxed, the skin on top stays smooth. So, you can say goodbye to dynamic wrinkles.
Dermal fillers generally consist of a very smooth and gel-like substance that is injected under the skin. The purpose of dermal fillers is to add volume to certain areas. It does not relax the muscles. Instead, it is used to fill in wrinkles that are the result of the loss the facial volume. These wrinkles are called static wrinkles. They are there no matter if you are making expressions or not.
As you can see, BOTOX®/dermal fillers are not interchangeable. They each have a purpose. When these products are used together, amazing things can be done. Have you ever heard of a liquid facelift? This is possible due to a specialized combination of the products. BOTOX® is used to treat the dynamic wrinkles, and then dermal fillers are used to add lift and volume to certain areas of the face. Since both of these products last at least three or four months, a patient can enjoy a temporary facelift without ever needing to go through surgery.
Benefits of BOTOX®/Dermal Fillers
One of the best things about both dermal fillers and BOTOX® is that they are non-surgical treatments. The needles are used to inject both products, but you do not have any downtime or scarring after treatment. You can enjoy the great results that come from both products and then get back to normal life.
Something that a lot of people have liked about using both of these products is that the results that they produce look quite natural. This is usually what people want when it comes to cosmetic treatments. They know that it is impossible to completely change their appearance and look like they did when they were a lot younger. They just want to look like the best version of their current selves. This is exactly what these treatments do. They help people subtly improve their appearance.
BOTOX®/dermal fillers may not be interchangeable, but they can provide great results both individually and combined. When you come in for your consultation with us at Rio Medical, we will examine your skin and ask you about your specific goals. Then we can come up with a treatment plan to help you improve your appearance and love the way you look. Contact our office in Hudson today to schedule your first appointment!