Different Approaches for Beautiful Results
We are often asked which cosmetic injectable is better for wrinkles: Botox or dermal fillers. The answer to this will depend on your personal goals and preferences, as well as how your body reacts to the products. The first thing to understand is that Botox and dermal filler both reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but take very different approaches in doing this.
Botox works by temporarily weakening the muscles that cause wrinkles to form. Because the muscles can’t move as much, the wrinkles are not as visible. Dermal filler, on the other hand, works by plumping the skin from underneath, which “fills in” wrinkles — thereby hiding them.
Dermal fillers like Juvéderm (which is what we use) also work because they are hyaluronic acid-based, which means that it contains an active ingredient to help the skin retain moisture, repair tissue, bind collagen and elastin together, and fight microorganisms off the skin. This makes the skin appear plumper, more hydrated, firmer, and more youthful-looking.
Besides the way they work, other considerations include how you feel about filler vs. neurotoxins, and how much variety you may want. For example, Juvéderm has several products that have been designed for different areas of the face, and in different strengths. Botox, meanwhile, is only one product but can be injected in different amounts (units).
Both types of cosmetic injections are very effective, and both are temporary. You will need to return for maintenance sessions to keep your results.