How is Botox Different than Dermal Fillers?

How is Botox Different than Fillers? | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

How is Botox Different than Dermal Fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are sometimes used interchangeably, although they are completely different treatments with very different results. Still, the two are complementary and can maximize results when used together. Both Botox and dermal fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At Spectrum Dermatology, it is often recommended that clients consider both for the most natural and effective results.

How Botox Works

Botox and Dysport work by temporarily freezing key muscles in the face. Some of the most common areas treated include between the eyebrows to stop the “angry 11’s,” near the eyes, and around the mouth. When muscles are temporarily unable to move, this stops the patient from creating undesirable lines. Botox can also be used as mini, temporary “lifters,” such as placing Botox strategically in the temple area to lift brows and drooping eyelids.

Botox can last from three to six months in most cases. However, when regularly used, the muscles can be trained to be weaker. This naturally reduces the body’s ability to form lines and wrinkles over time. Just like muscles in the body, muscles in the face can be strong or weak. It sounds counterintuitive, but weak muscles in certain parts of the face are exactly what clients want for minimal lines and wrinkles.

How Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers are comprised of a variety of safe materials that temporarily add volume to areas of the face. Lost volume can be caused by age, changes in weight, or simply genetics. How long a dermal filler lasts can range from six months to two years, and five years may even be possible with semi-permanent fillers. Dermal fillers can also be used to increase plumpness to the mouth or lift the cheeks.

Anti-Aging with Botox and Fillers

Both Botox and dermal fillers can create a more youthful appearance by giving increased volume married with a reduction in lines and wrinkles. Achieving the most natural results often requires a combination of treatments and products. The reason Botox and dermal fillers are so often used in connection with one another is that they are a powerful duo. Call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 and schedule your consultation today.