Over the last decades cosmetic injectables became the biggest trends in aesthetic medicine. Today Botox and dermal fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, etc.) are two the most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedures in the USA. Botox and dermal fillers are both used for wrinkle treatment, but there are differences between these procedures.
Botox is a brand name of botulinum toxin type A, which temporary blocks nerve signals to muscles. Neurotoxin works to relax the muscles causing a wrinkle and prevents muscle contraction. Botox performs best on dynamic wrinkles, which are seen during different facial expressions. These wrinkles typically occur around the eyes (crow`s feet), between the eyebrows and on the forehead. Botox is a temporary treatment, and its effect typically last 3-4 months. In modern-day medicine Botox is commonly used for treatment of various medical conditions, such as migraines, crossed eyes (strabismus), TMJ, hyperhidrosis, etc.
Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers, or wrinkle fillers are volumizing compounds. Juvederm dermal filler is composed of hyaluronic acid, which is substance found in a high concentration in the skin, joints, eyes and connective tissue. Dermal fillers work to fill in lines at rest (static wrinkles), especially on the middle and lower face. It enhances the volume of tissues and raises scar depressions. Dermal fillers are used for lip, chin and cheek enhancement. In some cases, dermal fillers are best treatment for brow lifting, non-surgical nose contouring and hands rejuvenation. The effects of the treatment typically last over 12 months.
Sometimes Botox and dermal fillers can be combined. This treatment is often called a “liquid facelift”. The goal of non-surgical facelift is to decrease appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and create a more relaxed and fresh look.