Botox and dermal fillers are both excellent anti-aging treatments, because they can help reverse the signs of aging and refresh your look. They are cosmetic injectables that rejuvenate the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But what is the difference between botox and dermal fillers. Anti-aging benefits of botox Botox is undoubtedly the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed around the world. It is formulated from botulinum toxin type A, and works by relaxing the facial muscles. Botox is very effective for smoothing dynamic facial lines that occur because of muscle movementthat results in expressions such as frowning or squinting. That’s why it works well on frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. Botox is injected in very small doses, and treatment takes only a few minutes, so it can easily be done during your lunch hour. There is no downtime after treatment, but there are minimal side-effects such as redness and swelling. The enhancements gained with botox typically last 3-6 months. When properly injected, botox should make you look refreshed and relaxed, but should not radically change your appearance. Facial Rejuvenation benefits of dermal fillers Dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that are used to fill in moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles, and replenish volume so as to restore fullness to the face. There are various types of dermal fillers, but hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylaneare often the preferred choice. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced by the body, but decreases over time due to aging. The reduction in hyaluronic acid causes the skin to stretch and sag, and this combined with fat loss, contributes to facial aging. When dermal fillersare injected into the skin, they immediately get to work to fill in lines and add volume. They can be used to replenish volume in the cheeks, soften facial wrinkles and lines, and augment the lips. As with botox, there is no downtime will dermal fillers, but patients may experience some bruising and swelling. Difference between botox and dermal fillers Although botox and dermal fillers are both excellent facial rejuvenation options, there are several striking differences between them. These relate to how they work, the area of the face in which they are injected, and how soon the results of treatment can be seen. 1. How they work Botox is a muscle relaxer. It is injected into the muscles, and works by blocking the normal signals from the nerves that cause the muscles to contract. This allows the overlying skin to become smoother, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and creases. Dermal fillers work by initiating a plumping effect that smooths fine lines and wrinkles, but they don’t affect the muscles in any way. They can also fill in hollow areas and increase volume in facial tissue. 2. Where are they injected Botox and dermal fillers are also used in different sections of the face. For the most part, botox is injected in the upper portion of the face to smooth deep furrows and creases. On the other hand, dermal fillers are used on the mid and lower face in areas such as the cheeks, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and vertical lip lines. They can also be used to volumize and shape the lips. 3. How soon can the effects be seen Dermal fillers instantly add volume to the skin, so lines and wrinkles immediately look smoother, causing the face to appear plumper and more youthful. The onset of action after botox injections usually takes 3-4 days, and optimal results can take up to 10 days. Since they don’t both work in the same way and affect wrinkles on different parts of the face, botox and dermal fillers are often used together to achieve maximum results. If you are contemplating facial rejuvenation treatment using botox or dermal fillers, make certain to consult with a qualified, experienced injector in order to achieve the best outcome. A skilled injector will be able to give you results that look completely natural.