Botox® vs. Dermal Fillers: Which Is Right for You?

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Cosmetic injectables have made non-surgical aesthetic enhancement more accessible than ever. Among the most popular options are Botox® and dermal fillers. While dermal fillers and Botox® are similar in terms of being minimally invasive, no-downtime treatments that can enhance your facial appearance, they have distinct ingredients and aesthetic applications.

At UniQ Laser Center, we specialize in non-surgical solutions for a wide range of facial rejuvenation and facial sculpting goals. We’ve covered the basic differences between these two injectable treatment options in this blog to help you make an informed decision about which may be a better choice for you.

What Is Botox®?

Botox® is a cosmetic injectable that contains a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin type A. Our aesthetic experts often utilize Botox® to reduce wrinkles caused by facial muscle movements. When strategically injected into specific facial muscles, Botox® blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract, so the overlying skin remains smooth. Botox® results typically last three to four months.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines, soften creases, and enhance facial contours. Unlike Botox®, which targets wrinkles caused by muscle movements, fillers work by filling in wrinkles and replacing lost volume. The most commonly used dermal fillers are those that contain hyaluronic acid (HA), such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Depending on the type of filler used and the area treated, results can last six months or more.

Choosing Between Botox® and Dermal Fillers

A consultation with one of the aesthetics experts at UniQ Laser Center is the ideal way to find out if Botox® or dermal fillers are right for you. In general, Botox® is your best bet for smoothing away dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive facial muscle movements. It’s a go-to treatment option for "expression lines" like forehead creases, crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows.

For volume loss and static wrinkles, dermal fillers are the way to go. Dermal fillers are a great option for addressing smile lines, marionette lines, and loss of volume in areas like the cheeks, lips, and under the eyes.

Schedule a Consultation

Both Botox® and dermal fillers offer unique benefits for those looking to rejuvenate their appearance and combat signs of aging. To learn more about these quick, convenient, and minimally invasive treatments and find out which is right for you, reach out to UniQ Laser Center in Watertown or Canton today to schedule a consultation.