If you’re going to tackle your wrinkles using non-surgical injections, the big question you need to answer is: Which type of injectable? When it comes to injections, it often comes down to choosing between Botox and fillers. The two aren’t exactly interchangeable.
Here’s what you need to know about each so that you can make the choice that’s best for you.
Botox vs Fillers: What They Treat
One of the main differences between Botox injections and injectable dermal fillers is the type of wrinkles they treat. Some people have wrinkles that will respond to Botox, others have wrinkles that are better suited to fillers. Some people have a combination of wrinkles and might benefit from treatment with both types of injections.
In short, Botox works on wrinkles that develop after years and years of muscle movements and facial expressions. Some people have much more expressive faces than others. They frown, furrow their brows, smile, squint their eyes and so on. Over the years, those people are very likely to notice lines in particular areas of the face. These lines are referred to as dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles commonly form between the eyebrows, where one or two vertical wrinkles known as frown lines can develop. Another common area is at the corners of the eyes, where years of squinting, crying or laughing can lead to the development of fine lines known as crows’ feet. Some people have a habit of scrunching up their forehead when thinking, which can cause horizontal creases to stretch across the front of the forehead.
Fillers treat wrinkles that don’t develop as a result of movements but rather due to gravity and a loss of elasticity and moisture that occurs with age. Some types of fillers can also treat volume loss. For example, Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma can both treat a loss of volume in the cheek area. Juvederm Volbella, on the other hand, is specifically designed to add volume and fullness to the lips.
If you’ve decided that fillers are the better option for you because of the type of wrinkles you have, the next step is to decide which type of filler is best for you. Fillers can be made from hyaluronic acid, calcium, or synthetic materials. Each differs in the type of wrinkles or volume loss it treats and in terms of how long it lasts.
How Long They Last
While the duration of results from Botox or fillers might not have much influence over which one is most appropriate for you, how long results last can give you an idea of what to expect after each treatment.
Botox, for example, doesn’t have particularly long-lasting results. Usually, wrinkles fade a few days to a week after the injection and remain gone for about three months. If you want to keep the wrinkles from reappearing, you can schedule a repeat treatment as the end of three months approaches or as directed by your surgeon.
Fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years. It all depends on the thickness of the substance that’s injected and the sort of response it triggers in your body. Radiesse, for example, provides results instantly. Then, it continues to provide results, even after the initial substance has worn off, because it stimulates the production of collagen in your dermis. Often, results from an injection with Radiesse can last for up to two years.
Combining Botox and Fillers
It might be the case that you don’t just have one type of wrinkle. A cruel fact of aging is that many people develop both dynamic wrinkles, which are created by movement, and static wrinkles, which are created by gravity and tikme. The good news is that it’s possible to combine Botox and fillers during a single treatment session to smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Since the Botox is likely to wear off first, you might need to schedule a repeat or follow-up appointment for another Botox injection before the fillers wear off.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Michael Schwartz offers patients a wide range of injection options, including Botox and many fillers. He is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience. To learn more about your options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation and to say good-bye to your wrinkles, call 561-228-5888 to schedule a consultation today.