What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

In the realm of cosmetic procedures, Botox and dermal fillers are two popular treatments that often get intertwined, yet they serve distinct purposes in the pursuit of youthful, rejuvenated skin.

Botox: Dynamic Wrinkle Relaxer

Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a neuromodulator that targets dynamic wrinkles – those caused by repetitive facial movements. Commonly used for lines like crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve signals to specific muscles, preventing them from contracting. The result is smoother, relaxed skin, reducing the appearance of expression lines on the forehead, crows feet, and brow furrows. Botolunium toxin is also often used off label in the hands of expert core physicians to improve gummy smiles, slim the face, improve neck and chin lines, improve the lip pout, and lift the jawline . Any with any procedure, there are risks of complications and u desired results. Dr. Mays recommends consultation with a board certified dermatologist physician  for injections. Many med spas and non core physicians lack expertise in treatment of complications and anatomy and can dilute toxin for cost efficiency. Dr Mays counsels patients when it comes to injectables , patients are investing in the expertise of their injector and not the product itself . Core physicians are considered any physician MD with residency training and Board Certification  in Dermatology or Plastic Surgery. The expertise of your core physician (such as a board certified dermatologist) can allow for best results with the least complications. All toxins last an average of 3 months after which they will need to be re-injected

Dermal Fillers: Volume Restorers

Dermal fillers, focus on replenishing lost volume in the lower face , temples, cheeks and chin  – lines that exist even when the face is at rest. These fillers, often containing hyaluronic acid, are injected in the subcutaneous layer to add volume and plumpness, effectively filling deep lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are excellent for enhancing features, restoring youthful contours, and addressing sagging or hollow areas of the face, neck, and undereyes. Filler fatigue is common which occurs when patients receive too much filler, or the wrong type of filler, causing an un- natural or disproportional, augmentation. There are also different types of fillers with different molecule, size, flexibility, and ingredients. Consulting with a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Mays will allow for proper assessment of the facial anatomy, and the location and type of wrinkles /volume loss in order to achieve the most natural results. Fillers last an average of one to two years, depending on the type of filler and location injected. Fillers also carry some common and uncommon complications. Some that can be detrimental to the skin and soft tissue. As always seeing core physician, such as a board-certified dermatologist, or Plastic Surgeon is key for achieving the best results and decreasing complications.

Choosing the Right Treatment

The key to a successful outcome lies in understanding your specific concerns. If your goal is to relax facial muscles and reduce dynamic wrinkles, Botox may be the ideal choice. For adding volume, enhancing facial contours, or addressing static wrinkles, dermal fillers offer a versatile solution. In most cases, depending on your assessment and facial anatomy, a combination of both treatments is recommended for comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

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These treatments can have long lasting benefits in correction and prevention of aging if dosed and performed correctly by core physician. At Mays Derm, Dr. Mays, who is a dual board-certified dermatologist consults with and fully evaluates every cosmetic patient to provide customized injectable and non-injectable recommendations based on their skin findings. Board certified 

 dermatologists have the highest expertise and training in injectables during their Derm residency, and are considered one of the two main core physician, experts in all injectable treatments .  Dr. Mays evaluates and treats every patient with a personalized approach and years of expertise to achieve your aesthetic goals.