Most women and men are now pretty familiar with the general gist of what BOTOX® and injectable fillers can do. But for those who are considering either cosmetic treatment, the difference between the two becomes much more important. While there are some similarities, there are key differences that make these injectables very distinct from each other.
All about BOTOX®
BOTOX® is comprised of a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin, which temporarily inhibits the muscle contractions in your face that can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® is best used to treat what are known as “active” or “dynamic” wrinkles, meaning that they form due to repeated muscle movement.
The most common areas for BOTOX® injections include the lines in the corners of the eyes, called crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles or the “11” lines between your eyebrows.
So What Are Injectables?
Sometimes referred to as simply “injectables,” injectable fillers differ from BOTOX® in that they typically contain hyaluronic acid instead of a neurotoxin. Hyaluronic acid is already naturally present in your body, and it’s responsible for creating fullness in your skin.
As we age, our bodies begin to produce less hyaluronic acid, which can lead to lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and a gaunt facial appearance. For wrinkles caused by loss of facial volume, injectable fillers can be an effective anti-aging solution to help restore your skin’s plumped, youthful appearance.
How Do I Know Which One to Get?
The best way to decide whether BOTOX® or injectable fillers are the best option for you is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. He or she should be able to provide a thorough assessment of your unique skin care needs and help you determine which non-surgical procedure could be the right fit for you. Many people even combine the two for the best possible results.
Dr. Lee B. Daniel is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. He is a member of numerous societies including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.