What You Should Know about BOTOX Cosmetic vs. Dermal Fillers

By Peter Fisher, MD on April 19, 2019


A woman's face labeled with different types of wrinklesMany people interested in rejuvenating their appearance have turned to BOTOX® Cosmetic to smooth facial lines and wrinkles.

While BOTOX Cosmetic is a popular non-invasive treatment for reducing the signs of aging, it's not the only treatment available. Dermal fillers are highly effective at smoothing wrinkles and reversing the signs of aging.

Dr. Peter Fisher explains the difference between BOTOX Cosmetic versus dermal fillers during consultations at our practice in San Antonio, TX. For answers to your questions, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

What Is BOTOX Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic, more commonly called BOTOX, is an injectable treatment that helps to smooth wrinkles and improve skin texture for a more youthful appearance. BOTOX achieves this by relaxing facial muscles in strategic areas.

BOTOX consists of a highly diluted and safe derivative of botulinum toxin type A. BOTOX smooths wrinkles and fine lines by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. This prevents the targeted muscle from contracting and helps to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

What Can BOTOX Treat?

BOTOX can be used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic issues. Our San Antonio patients have enjoyed improvements to such areas as:

  • Crow's feet and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Deep lines across the forehead
  • Frown lines between the brows
  • Smooth jaw contours

How Long Does BOTOX Last?

The results of BOTOX are temporary. However, results can last up to four months and treatment may be repeated for prolonged results.

It should also be noted that most people will begin to see results within a few days of treatment. Optimum results may take about a month to fully develop.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers, like BOTOX, are injected into the skin to smooth lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate the appearance.

The primary difference between dermal fillers and BOTOX is that dermal fillers smooth wrinkles and creases by adding volume to the tissue whereas BOTOX works by stopping muscle contractions. Also, because dermal fillers add volume to the skin, they can be used to plump the lips.

There are different types of dermal fillers with different primary ingredients. Some of the most popular, such as Restylane® and Juvéderm, are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body.

What Can Dermal Fillers Treat?

Dermal fillers can address the signs of aging on the face, helping to smooth lines and creases as well as add volume to the skin. Some common areas that may be treated with dermal fillers include:

  • Reduce the appearance of sagging beneath the eyes
  • Add youthful volume to the cheeks
  • Smooth wrinkles throughout the face
  • Enhance the lips
  • Enhance a recessive chin

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers generally absorb into the body over time. Accordingly, results are temporary, but typically last longer than BOTOX results, with many seeing their results last six to 12 months.

Like BOTOX, dermal filler treatments can be repeated at Dr. Fisher's San Antonio practice to help patients enjoy continuous results.

Deciding Between Treatments

Both BOTOX and dermal fillers can rejuvenate the appearance without surgery or the need for recovery time. The right treatment depends on the needs of each patient.

Some choose dermal fillers because they provide longer results than BOTOX, while others may prefer the overall results of BOTOX treatment. Patients should discuss their desired goals and expectations with their doctor in order to determine which treatment is best suited for their needs.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about BOTOX and dermal fillers, or other cosmetic treatments, we welcome you to call our friendly staff at (210) 616-0798 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher.

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