The Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Do you have wrinkles and sagging skin that make you look older than you feel? Do you want to regain a more youthful appearance? If so, several options can help, including Botox® and dermal fillers. 

At Orchid Medical Spa in Edmonds, Washington, Dr. Shahriar Khezri and our highly skilled team are here to help guide you on your path to healthy living using the most up-to-date technologies and innovative treatment methods. 

Our anti-aging and aesthetic solutions include everything from body sculpting and microneedling to Botox and dermal fillers, and they’re safe, patient-focused, and evidence-based.

Aging skin

Whether it’s UV damage from sun exposure, unhealthy habits like poor diet or smoking, or other factors, it's no wonder our skin shows wear-and-tear as we age. We may develop lines and wrinkles or experience a loss of volume in the cheeks, around the mouth, and the lips.

And while these changes are natural, it doesn't mean we need to live with them.

Cosmetic treatment options

Botox and dermal fillers are popular — a combined 10 million treatments performed annually. Both procedures are minimally invasive and administered with injections. In other ways, however, they differ — though they can be used to complement each other.

Botox

Botox is created from botulinum toxin. While it can be deadly in large enough amounts, a Botox injection uses only a tiny dose to block nerve signals in certain muscles.

These muscles become temporarily paralyzed, which reduces their movement and results in certain wrinkles becoming less visible or even disappearing altogether.

It's important to note that Botox works on dynamic wrinkles caused by the movement of muscles when we squint, frown, smile, or make other expressions. Examples of dynamic wrinkles are crow's feet around the eyes, lines across the forehead, and parallel lines between the eyebrows.

Botox treatments typically last 3-4 months, with results wearing off gradually and naturally. Periodic maintenance procedures can help you continue to look your best while also helping stave off the development of future wrinkles.

Dermal fillers

Also known as soft tissue fillers, dermal fillers are natural substances that are injected under the skin's surface to increase volume and fullness.

Dermal fillers can help reduce static wrinkles that are often found on the cheeks, jowls, and neck due to a decrease in the skin's elasticity and loss of collagen. Dermal fillers can also fill in areas of the face that have become shallow and plump up lips that are thinning.

The results of dermal fillers injections can last from six months to two years or more.

If you're ready for smoother skin and fewer wrinkles and want to see how Botox and/or dermal fillers can help, call our office at 208-244-6553 or click here to request an appointment today.

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