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Dermal Fillers and Botox: How Do They Differ? – Manhattan Skin and Laser Center


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Medical spas provide numerous treatment options for fine lines and wrinkles to help diminish the signs of aging. Two popular treatments that are able to smooth out these signs of aging are Botox and face fillers in NYC. Although the overall goal of these treatments is the same, there are significant differences between them, so if you’re wondering which treatment is right for you, here are some things you should know.

How Botox Works

Botox is made from a toxin from bacteria called botulinum. Although this may sound dangerous, a purified form is used in very small, regulated amounts to help correct wrinkles. Botox blocks nerve signals in the area where the injections are placed.

Since the nerve signals in the muscles are interrupted, the muscle becomes paralyzed, which means the wrinkles are smoothed out until the Botox wears off. That’s why Botox is also called a neurotoxin or neuromodulator. That means that Botox will only work on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement, which includes wrinkles caused my squinting, smiling, or frowning.

How Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers also help smooth out wrinkles, but they work by actually plumping out the wrinkles rather than freezing the muscles. Like Botox, they’re injected into the treatment site. There are a number of dermal filler types. Collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, and hyaluronic acid are fillers made using substances found naturally in the body. Poly-L-actic acid and polymethylmethacrylate beads are man-made materials that are compatible with the body and stimulate the skin to make more collagen.

Since fillers actually plump up the skin, they’re a good option for sagging skin or what are called static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are those that occur even when the muscles are relaxed.

Effectiveness of Both Treatments

Both treatments are extremely effective at minimizing or removing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The results of Botox injections can be seen within a week after the injection and the results usually last three or four months. After that additional treatments will be necessary to maintain results.

The effectiveness of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler you choose. Some are longer lasting than others, so speaking with medical spa technicians about the best face fillers in NYC can help you decide which type is best. In general, dermal filler results last longer than Botox, but continued treatments are necessary with fillers as well.

List of dermal filler treatment areas

Choosing Your Treatments

When you’re choosing which treatment is best for you, it’s important to consider what your goals are as well as the potential side effects. There’s a small risk of bruising with either type of treatment since the skin is injected. Side effects are rare and for those who experience them they’re generally mild.

Dermal fillers tend to be more expensive than Botox because the results last longer, so that’s something to consider in your decision as well. Talking with a qualified provider is the best way to go about making this decision.

Things to Remember

Whichever treatment you decide to go with, it’s important to note that the treatments will have less risk of side effects and a better chance of success if you’re in good health. Botox isn’t recommended for people with muscle or neuromuscular problems or for people with deep scars or other major skin issues. It’s also best to avoid treatments when pregnant and nursing. You also shouldn’t smoke if you want to get a dermal filler treatment. Contact Manhattan Skin & Laser Center today to learn more.