BOTOX® vs. Dermal Fillers: What’s the Difference?

The difference between BOTOX® and dermal fillers in Houston, TX.

Injectables are an excellent “beginner’s” treatment and work well to reverse the signs of aging. BOTOX® and fillers at our Houston practice can smooth away wrinkles and fade imperfections. However, not all injectables are created equal. Some are better suited to different needs than others. 

If you’re new to injectables, you may be unsure of the differences between BOTOX and dermal fillers. In this blog post, we’ll outline the benefits of each treatment so you can choose the option that works best for your goals and lifestyle.  

Benefits of BOTOX

BOTOX works by relaxing facial muscles, preventing them from contracting and pulling on the skin—the action that creates wrinkles in the first place. This reduces the appearance of lines and makes the face look more well-rested and youthful.

BOTOX works best for treating wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, brows, and more. BOTOX can even be used to treat a “gummy smile” by targeting the muscles around the mouth. For an idea of the type of results we can achieve with BOTOX, view our patients’ BOTOX before-and-after photos.

The results from BOTOX treatments typically last 3 to 4 months. Some patients who consistently use BOTOX injections can enjoy longer results over time.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Most dermal fillers use one common active ingredient: hyaluronic acid. This naturally-occurring substance adds hydration to plump up the skin and add youthful volume to the face.

Fillers work well for those who want to augment the cheeks, improve the appearance of folds or lines, or give a boost to thin lips. Different formulas can be used on different areas to create unique results; they can even help to restore volume to aging hands. You can see some of our patients’ dermal filler results in their before-and-after photos.

Depending on the amount and type of filler used, dermal filler results can last from 6 months to 2 years. Many patients schedule regular touch-up treatments to maintain their ideal look.

Two is Better Than One

BOTOX and dermal fillers are each different types of injectables with their own unique benefits. However, many patients struggle with issues that both kinds of injectables treat. For patients who want to fade wrinkles while also adding facial volume, combining the treatments can create more comprehensive results. Addressing multiple issues at once can take years off a patient’s appearance and help them look more rejuvenated and well-rested. 

No matter which kind of injectable treatment you choose, be sure to find a skilled professional injector to perform the procedure. This is the best way to guarantee safe, satisfying results.

If you would like to learn more about your BOTOX or dermal filler options or if you have other cosmetic dermatology needs in the Greater Houston area, request a consultation online or call one of our practices. 

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