What's the difference between Botox and facial fillers?

What's the difference between Botox and facial fillers?
Botox, the neuromuscular toxin used to treat wrinkles, has become a household name.

Botox, the neuromuscular toxin used to treat wrinkles, has become a household name. Many people think that it's the only type of injectable cosmetic medicine - but they're wrong. In fact, there are several different kinds of aesthetic treatments that can be injected, and they serve different purposes. Let's take a look at a few of the differences to help you decide which is best for your needs.

Neuromuscular toxins
The term "injectable cosmetics" refers to a wide array of substances that people use to treat wrinkles and other skin issues. If you want to get specific during your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can use the term "botulinum toxin" to refer to Botox and other substances like it. Though Botox is by far the most popular of these sorts of cosmetics, the FDA has approved others, like Dysport and Xeomin.

Botox works by "freezing" the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. For example, when you laugh, you may involuntarily move muscles around your eyes that can lead to the development of crow's feet. These wrinkles are known as "active" facial lines, and typically they are thinner or finer in appearance.

Botox injections typically last for three to four months, and the average price for a Botox or Dysport session is $328. Many people prefer this option to a more invasive surgery like a facelift, because it is temporary, has no downtime and is more affordable.

Dermal fillers
Dermal or soft tissue fillers are a different class of injectable cosmetic treatments and have been growing steadily in popularity. These substances are mainly used to treat deeper facial lines, established wrinkles that develop as we age. In addition, dermal fillers can be used to plump up certain parts of the face, such as the lips, and can even help fill out facial features, such as the chin or cheeks.

There are many different types of dermal fillers, some of which last longer than others. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last from several months up to a year, depending on which part of the face is targeted, while semi-permanent fillers can last up to two years. Prices for dermal fillers range from $560 to $847 per session.

In the care of a board-certified plastic surgeon, injectable cosmetics can be a safe and simple procedure. However, in the hands of an unlicensed individual who is not trained, it can potentially lead to dangerous complications. Always do your research and make sure the product is clearly labeled before injecting.