Cosmetic injectables are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment around, with Botox leading the way. They are quick and effective ways to turn back the hands of time on your face without having to go under the knife. But how do Botox and dermal fillers work? Read on to learn the differences between them.
Botox for dynamic wrinkles
As the No. 1 cosmetic procedure for more than 15 years, Botox is FDA-approved to improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, laugh lines (also known as crow’s feet) and frown lines (also known as “11” lines). These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles, forming on the skin above a contracting muscle. Years of repeated facial expressions such as frowning, squinting and smiling—exacerbated by sun exposure and smoking—causes these wrinkles. Botox works by blocking the nerve signal from reaching the muscle, temporarily causing the muscle to relax and the wrinkles in the skin above to soften. Botox lasts about 4-6 months, at which time you will return to maintain results.
Fillers for static wrinkles
While Botox addresses dynamic wrinkles, dermal fillers address static wrinkles. These are wrinkles that are visible on the skin at all times, including lines at the corners of the mouth, across the cheek and along the neck. These wrinkles are caused by gravity, the loss of fat and collagen in the skin and the loss of the skin’s elasticity. Dynamic wrinkles eventually become static wrinkles. Juvederm is a popular dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that binds with water molecules to add volume and smooth wrinkles and folds. Results last anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the treatment used.
Botox and fillers such as Juvederm can be done together or separately depending on your concerns and the results you want to achieve. If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic injectables to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and you live in or around Rockville, MD., call us today at (301) 251-2600 for an appointment.