Forehead wrinkles. Laugh lines. Crow’s feet–they’re all part of the normal aging process but aren’t always fun to see in the mirror. If you’ve been researching different skincare treatments to correct these issues, you’ve likely come across two popular ones: Botox and dermal fillers. But what’s the difference between the two treatments, and which is right for your specific skin concern?
In today’s blog post, Emerge Medical and Well Spa of Tulsa, Oklahoma, helps you understand the different uses of each product and decide which is the best fit for you.
Botulinum toxin type A, or Botox, is a purified substance derived from bacteria. When injected into the skin, it reduces wrinkles by blocking nerve signals in the facial muscles–causing them to become temporarily paralyzed. The reduction in facial movement helps soften and reduce wrinkles.
Because Botox only works on “dynamic wrinkles”–wrinkles caused by muscle movement, it’s commonly used to correct forehead wrinkles, wrinkles in between your brows, and crow’s feet around your eyes.
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Dermal fillers, also known as soft-tissue fillers, are injected into the skin–but rather than inhibiting muscle movement, they add volume and fullness to the area.
Dermal fillers commonly contain hyaluronic acid, a substance found in the body known for adding plumpness to the skin.
Because fillers treat wrinkles by adding fullness to the injection area, they are often used on “static wrinkles”–wrinkles that remain present regardless of your facial expression. These often include wrinkles around the mouth and cheeks. Dermal fillers are also used to add volume to lips or cheeks that have lost fullness.
Botox Vs. Dermal Fillers: Which is Right for You?
It’s important to note that it’s perfectly okay to use both dermal fillers and Botox, depending on which areas you’d like to focus on treating. Fillers are a great option to fill in static wrinkles, and Botox is more effective at smoothing dynamic wrinkles.
Both treatments are considered safe and have been used by skincare professionals for decades.
Another aspect to consider is how long each treatment lasts: Botox usually lasts for about 3-4 months, and fillers may last 6-12 months.
Botox and Dermal Fillers at Emerge
Emerge Medical and Well Spa offers both Botox and dermal filler options, and we’re happy to spend time discussing your treatment goals. Our medical staff has attended multiple advanced neuromodulator courses to ensure the most effective treatments available in Tulsa. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!