How Are Botox and Dermal Fillers Different?

Botox and dermal fillers have become some of the most popular aesthetic treatments for signs of aging. They’re both injectables, meaning that they provide the benefits of fast results and little to no downtime. However, they’re distinct treatments that can be used in different situations. Read on to learn more about how Botox and dermal fillers differ – and how they can help you reach your aesthetic goals. 

Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: How Do They Work?

Botox and dermal fillers work differently to rejuvenate the face. Botox decreases the force of facial muscle contractions. Fillers work by filling in space- usually, the connective tissue that may be a little deflated. Most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid as the active ingredient. 

How Does Botox Work?

As a neuromodulator, Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that trigger facial muscle contractions. By curbing these contractions, Botox keeps the skin from folding and wrinkling with various facial expressions. It’s FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, but can also be used to prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place. 

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, work by plumping and smoothing the skin with hyaluronic acid. This hydrating substance is found naturally in the body but naturally diminishes with age. When fillers are injected into wrinkles or areas of the face that have lost volume, they restore the skin’s full, youthful appearance.

Some dermal fillers aren’t made with hyaluronic acid, like Sculptra. Sculptra contains the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA, which works by stimulating collagen production. 

Other Differences Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

In addition to working differently, Botox and dermal fillers have a few other key differences. For one, results from Botox typically last for three to four months, while dermal fillers generally last for six to 12 months, depending on the formulation. Also, unlike Botox, many dermal fillers are specifically formulated for certain areas of the face, such as the cheeks or around the eyes. 

If you’re struggling to decide between Botox and dermal fillers for your cosmetic goals, the expert team at Florida Face and Body is here for you. Book a consultation today to talk to a member of our team and receive a personalized treatment plan!