Sona Med Spa BotoxBy now, you know there are seemingly endless injectable options out there designed to help you combat common signs of aging, like wrinkles, fine lines, and volume loss.  But with such a wide variety of injections to choose from, how do you know which treatment is right for you?

That’s why it’s time to learn the difference between dermal fillers and Botox/Dysport – as their purposes and results can commonly be confused. Here you can learn what you can expect from these treatments.

Botox and Dysport: The Anti-Wrinkle Champions

If you have wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes (“crowsfeet”), between the brows (the “11’s”) or in the forehead that make you look older than you are, you may be a great candidate for Botox or Dysport injections.  Botox and Dysport are still one of the most popular anti-aging injections around, and for good reason – it’s the gold standard for smoothing away wrinkles and lines on the upper face.

Botox and Dysport work by temporarily blocking the nerve signals between the forehead muscles and the brain, which causes a weakening effect.  Once the muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles and fine lines can be greatly improved and in some cases seem to disappear.  The effects from this treatment typically last 3-4 months but in some patients can last even longer.

Dermal Fillers for Volume

Dermal fillers – like Restylane or Juvederm – contain hyaluronic acid gel, which provides instant volumization at the injection site.  Additionally, hyaluronic acid promotes long-term collagen production, which is why dermal fillers last longer than Botox or Dysport (12 to 24 months).

Dermal fillers are also popular options with clients who are looking to improve the appearance of lips and smile lines.  Thinner hyaluronic acid gels are purposefully used to add volume to thin lips and smile lines, thus creating a smoother, younger-looking appearance.

So What’s the Difference?

While both injectables are used for anti-aging purposes, Botox or Dysport is ideal for the treatment of wrinkles in the upper part of the face, while dermal fillers are better for the middle and lower part of the face (like smile lines, lips, and even cheeks).

Want to learn more about which injectable is right for your needs?

Schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Correa at Correa Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX.  During your consultation, Dr. Correa will work with you to determine which anti-aging injection is best for your desired goals.

Schedule your initial consultation today! Call (281) 419-9119.