Although many patients are aware of Botox®, they may not know that it is not a dermal filler. It is a common misconception that all cosmetic medications that are injected into the skin are the same thing. However, that is definitely not the case. Read on to learn more about the difference between dermal fillers and Botox®.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is an injectable made up of botulinum toxin type A. It works by blocking nerve signals that cause our facial muscles to contract and cause wrinkles. If our muscles cannot scrunch together, then there is less of a chance of wrinkles forming in the first place. Botox® works best at lessening the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Botox® cannot be used to add volume to the skin or plump the lips.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers help to lessen the appearance of facial lines, as well as restore lost volume in the face. Dr. Hall offers Restylane® and Juvederm® to his Boston patients. Both of these fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally found in the human body. Both Restylane® and Juvederm® can help to add fullness to the cheeks, chin, and jawline, as well as soften facial wrinkles. Fillers are very versatile, and can often treat a wide array of cosmetic issues.
Educating yourself about the difference between Botox® and dermal fillers can be helpful in your aesthetic journey. A consultation with Dr. Hall can help to determine which of these options can help to achieve your individual cosmetic goals.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hall, contact 781-473-0277 today.