Wrinkles: Which Is Better - Botox or Dermal Fillers?

Woman having filler on her face Wrinkles: Which Is Better - Botox or Dermal Fillers?

There are myriad anti-aging treatments on the market – like Botox and dermal fillers, to name a few. But newbies to the injectable scene might find themselves confused about which product might be best for their age, skin type, and severity of the skin issue, as well as which ones are most effective for wrinkle reduction. Let’s talk through these treatments and see which ones are best for treating stubborn wrinkles.

Treatments for Wrinkles

Botox and Dysport

Botox, the FDA-approved injectable that can temporarily smooth frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes, brow, and neck, has become a household name. It was once only accessible to celebrities or the mega-wealthy, but it has become more widespread and moderately priced.

Botox works by targeting the muscles around the wrinkles (rather than the wrinkle itself) with a toxin injected to prevent tiny muscle contractions. Once the muscles around the wrinkle can no longer contract, the wrinkle is not reinforced with every facial expression made. It therefore smoothes out over time.

Another brand of injectable that has the same effect on muscle contraction is called Dysport. This wrinkle reduction treatment works the same way as Botox, but since it’s more diluted, it can cover larger surface areas. Therefore, areas like the entire forehead – versus one deep crease on the forehead – may respond quite well to Dysport.

The key to successful cosmetic injectable treatments is the precise application – the injection must be expertly made into the very muscles requiring treatment, which depends largely on the skill of the injector. Therefore, it’s critical to work with a knowledgeable and experienced dermatological provider. And keep in mind that these injectables are not permanent; typically they last from three to five months and then will need reapplication to continue their work on wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers and Other Injectables

Other injectables work a bit differently but still have the same anti-aging goals. Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane don’t utilize a toxin to cause muscle paralysis but instead have an active ingredient of hyaluronic acid. This acid occurs naturally in the body but decreases during the aging process. When dermal fillers add hyaluronic acid, this hydrates and plumps the skin cells in and around the wrinkled or sagging area, which stimulates a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers like Juvederm are quite popular because they’re quick and easy injectables that provide significantly smoother skin and effective wrinkle reduction – all at a relatively affordable cost. Like Botox, however, dermal fillers aren’t permanent, and they will require touch-ups every three to six months. Working with a dermatology provider who is well-versed in injectables and knows how to administer them discreetly and on the appropriate timeline for the specific wrinkle reduction need is key to avoid overdoing it.

Contact the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

If you’re located in the greater Washington, D.C. area and want to explore your injectable options, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We can help you determine which product is right for your specific skin type and concerns.

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