Is Botox a dermal filler? Perhaps you've heard of botulinum toxin type A injections and you have friends who've tried dermal filler injections. But you're not sure what the difference is between these two cosmetic options or which one is right for you. Take a look at what you need to know before you choose between Botox injections and dermal fillers.
What Is Botox and How Is It Used?
Also known as botulinum rejuvenation therapy or botulinum toxin type A, this popular injectable can help to smooth fine facial lines and more. Botulinum toxin injections can combat frown lines, crow's feet, neck bands, chin dimpling, and lip lines.
An experienced healthcare provider who specializes in this type of treatment will inject the liquid into your facial muscles using a thin needle. This can help the facial muscles to relax and smooth fine lines or dimples. While this injectable can refresh your face, it won't eliminate deep wrinkles or serious scarring.
What Are Dermal Fillers and How Are They Used?
Like botulinum toxin type A, dermal fillers are also injectable cosmetic treatments. While both options are injectables and both can rejuvenate the look of your face/facial features, these treatments are not the same.
Fillers can also smooth fine lines. But that's not where the uses for this type of injectable ends. Dermal fillers are also commonly used to replace lost volume (in the cheek or temple areas), improve facial symmetry, reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines, and plump the lips.
There are several different filler options. Some dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, while others use calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-l-lactic acid, polymethylmethacrylate, and autologous fat (your own fat).
Which Option Is More Popular?
Botulinum toxin type A is the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2019 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. More than 7.6 million of these procedures were done in one year. In comparison, the ASPS's statistics include more than 2.7 million soft tissue/dermal filler procedures in 2019. This makes dermal fillers the second most popular minimally invasive procedure.
Which Cosmetic Procedure Is Right for You?
There's no universal answer to this question. Even though botulinum toxin type A and dermal fillers are two completely different injectables, it's possible (for some patients) to use both treatments together. Before you choose one option over the other or combine Botox and a dermal filler, discuss your cosmetic goals and the alternatives with a licensed medical provider.
For more information about Botox injections, contact a cosmetologist in your area.