Botox and Dermal Fillers: What’s the difference?

With non-invasive cosmetic procedures on the rise, the terms Botox and Filler have trickled into popular culture, everyday conversation and the media. Often used casually and interchangeably, many are left with the same question: What’s the difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers? And which is the best option for me?

Here are the facts. The lines in your face that best show your expressions (frowns, smiles, anger) are treated with botox. If you are looking to add volume to your face or soften the lines that show when it’s at rest, you are best suited for dermal fillers.

Botox, though referenced often, is simply a brand that manufactures a type of botulinum neurotoxin. The industry term for what seems like everyone’s favorite wrinkle vanishing treatment is botulinum neurotoxin. These injections are most commonly sought out for patients who are seeking to soften, prevent or slow down the progression of wrinkles in the face. Most commonly, these injections are administered in the most “expressive” places in our faces such as crows feet, and the forehead to treat “dynamic” wrinkles. Botox will help reduce the appearance of aging by relaxing and limiting movement of the surrounding muscles. In addition, Botox can be used to treat various concerns such as excessive sweating, treating persistent migraines and slimming the jawline.

In contrast, fillers, made up of hyaluronic acids, are used to improve volume and for lifting tissues that are starting to lose their firmness. Whereas in the past fillers were used to « fill » wrinkles, they are now used more to volumize, lift and structurize areas of the face that are aging. When you’d correctly, fillers can soften your appearance, create a more aesthetically pleasing balance in the face, as well as enhance somebody’s natural beauty. Fillers are most commonly sought out for patients who are seeking to replace volume where it has been lost, soften deep lines or create and enhance the face by playing enhancing the proportions. Most commonly, filler is used in areas such as the lips for a pouty look, the cheeks for plump appearance or to soften deep smile lines. However when a global approach is used and the face is addressed as a whole, results are remarkable and allow for somebody to become the best possible version of themselves.

The use of botox or fillers are not mutually exclusive. When thinking of the best approach to address your concerns, it’s not an either or approach, rather, a combination of both botox and fillers can help you achieve and address any concerns you may have. For example, you may come in with an overall concern of looking “tired” and “angry”. To address this, filler may be used in order to lift and improve your tired appearance and botox to address the lines/muscles that are making you look angry. The goal is to use the right products to address the right concerns, in order to achieve a natural result.

Now that you are well-versed in both treatments, we recommend that you see a certified injector in order to determine which treatment is best suited to your specific concerns. The first step to a tailored treatment plan that utilizes the right products to address your concerns begins with a consultation. Discover how these amazing products can work for you at MunkMD by booking a consultation.

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