Patients often struggle with the decision to improve their aging face through the use of Botox or dermal fillers. According to the AAFPRS, non-surgical options like Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers accounted for 66 percent of all cosmetic procedures in 2012. While they offer an exciting option for facial rejuvenation, many patients don’t fully understand the difference between Botox and fillers and find it hard determining which is right for them.
How Do Botox Cosmetic and Dermal Fillers Differ?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable solution that temporarily relaxes the muscles. This causes a reduction in dynamic wrinkles like frown lines and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers are also injectable solutions, but in this case they replace lost collagen and fat to help add volume to the face. Dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm and Restylane), calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), and poly-L-lactic acid fillers (Sculptra).
What Improvements Botox and Dermal Fillers Make in my Face?
Botox Cosmetic receives high praise for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead creases, frown lines, neck bands and other dynamic wrinkles. When it comes to dermal fillers, different products do different things. Hyaluronic acid fillers are best for smoothing wrinkles on the lips, chin, and cheeks. Radiesse is ideal for treating creases, scars, and wrinkles. Sculptra helps replace your diminishing stores of collagen and is an ideal filler for easing wrinkles, folds, and deep creases on the face.
How Long Do Botox and Dermal Fillers Last?
On average, you need touch-up injections of Botox every four to six months. Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to last six months to a year, depending on the product. Radiesse generally lasts 12 to 24 months. Finally, Sculptra is long lasting at two or more years.
How Safe Are Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers are safe, but as with any cosmetic surgery, there are always risks. Typically, the only complaints patients have are swelling and bruising at the injection site. This is no different to the swelling and bruising you experience after a routine vaccination. It diminishes over a few days. There is also the risk of an allergic reaction or development of a lump at the injection site.
Do Botox and Dermal Fillers Cost the Same?
Prices are dependent on your actual area. In cities where rents and utilities are higher, obviously the cost will be higher to cover these higher expenses. On average, however, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that Botox Cosmetic averaged $369 per treatment in 2012; calcium hydroxylapatite injections averaged $631; hyaluronic acid fillers cost an average of $538; and poly-l-lactic acid cost $908. The most expensive injectable filler is Artefill, and those injections cost $1,065.
When factoring the costs, make sure you’re accounting for the number of treatments you’d need in one year. Artefill is a permanent filler. Botox Cosmetic, while the least expensive, must be touched up every four to six months.
Learn more about injectable fillers by reading the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s Dermal Fillers Guide. The best way to decide which injectable is best for your needs is by talking to an experienced and qualified physician like Palm Beach facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz earned his board certification in ENT and facial plastic surgery in 1986. He brings decades of experience to every consultation. Call 561-655-5562 to schedule an appointment at the West Palm Beach office.