Botox and dermal fillers are minimally invasive cosmetic injectables that are booming in popularity for individuals seeking non-surgical, anti-aging treatments without significant downtime. Not sure which one is the best option for you?? We’re here to help with this guide on Botox and dermal filler basics.
Neurotoxins: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin
Botox, a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscle that it is injected into, works on “expression lines” – dynamic wrinkles that result from making constant facial movements, i.e., “11” lines caused by furrowing the eyebrows or forehead wrinkles caused by raising the eyebrows.
- While Botox helps to reduce fine lines, it does not treat wrinkles caused by sagging or loss of volume in the facial.
- Results last three to four months.
- Botox is the brand name of a specific botulinum neurotoxin (like what Kleenex is to tissues). There are two other FDA-approved neurotoxins available – Dysport and Xeomin (more on that below).
Dysport is a neurotoxin that works the same way as Botox. In fact, we refer to Botox and Dysport as the “Coke and Pepsi” of neurotoxins! Some patients prefer one over the other and use it exclusively while others choose to use the two interchangeably – Botox for a few treatments, Dysport for the next, and so on.
The newest alternative to Botox and Dysport is Xeomin – a neurotoxin that also contains Botulinum toxin A. Xeomin is different from the two in that it has gone through an additional purification process that removes accessory proteins from its active ingredients. This, however, makes little to no difference in the aesthetic results.
Dermal fillers are gel-like products used to fill static wrinkles, replenish lost volume, and provide contour to the face. There are different types of fillers, the most popular being Hyaluronic Acid Gel Fillers that add volume and hydration. These include Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Juvederm, and Belotero. Second in popularity, (but not by far!) are Calcium fillers, such as Radiesse, that work to restore volume and promote the production of collagen.
- Fillers lift and plump to treat volume loss or sagging skin.
- Fillers, such as Juvederm Voluma, can also be used in the chin area to help add projection and balance the profile.
- Results are NOT permanent and vary based on the type of filler used. The way your face continues to age and how your body absorbs fillers will determine the number and timing of repeat treatments.
- There is minimal to no downtime.
Botox and Dermal Fillers at Skin NV – South Tampa’s Premier Med Spa
Still unsure about which treatment is best for you? No problem! At Skin NV, we offer a complimentary consultation with one of our highly experienced nurse practitioners. At this meeting, you will receive a customized treatment plan that meets your specific needs. To learn more about our services or to book a consultation, please call our South Tampa med spa at (813) 839-4141.