What is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?


Botox and dermal fillers have gained popularity over the years. With more than 9 million procedures in the US alone, these minimally invasive treatments have shown some fascinating results. However, there is often confusion between the two, leaving people wondering which is the right choice. If you’re one of them, read on to find out:

What is Botox?

Botox is the short name for botulinum toxin that is obtained from bacteria. In larger amounts, this ‘toxin’ can be harmful as it blocks the action of certain nerve types. In terms of aesthetics, a tiny regulated amount of Botox is directly injected into facial expression muscles, which relaxes the skin muscles, responsible for causing lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to give a face-lifting effect and treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) by blocking sweat glands. 


How does Botox Work?

Botox is injected in minimal concentrations into your skin. It then blocks nerve signals in the injected muscles, causing an interruption.


The affected muscle is temporarily relaxed or paralyzed. This reduced movement of selected facial muscles causes wrinkles to become softer in appearance and eliminates fines lines, resulting in a fresh look that’s visible after approximately 2–3 weeks. These effects then last between 3–6 months.


Botox injections can also be used as a preventative treatment because they help prevent the development of new lines and wrinkles. 



What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable medical products that are designed to add volume and fullness. There are various types of fillers, such as hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen-stimulating fillers, and permanent fillers like silicone.


Fat transfer might also be considered a ‘filler.’ Because our skin loses its fullness as we age due to collagen and elastin depletion, fillers replenish lost volume and create a more youthful appearance. They are used on the cheeks, around the eyes, mouth, and jawline and can also be injected directly into the lips.


How do they work? 

Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a substance naturally found in the skin. A fine needle injects the filler into the targeted areas on the face. The dermal filler that closely resembles our body’s hyaluronic acid acts as a moisture magnet. This helps your cells retain as much as possible to make your skin appear healthy, hydrated, and plump. The effects of this treatment last between 6 to 12 months.


Which one should you choose?

Considering your facial structure is essential when choosing between the two processes. It is best to consult with a professional to choose the right treatment for you. Both treatments will work differently in different areas of the face.


If you have dynamic wrinkles located on the forehead or in the eyebrow area and around the sides of the eyes, Botox is the better choice. In contrast, dermal fillers are ideal for static wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and jaw, which are visible even when your face is relaxed.


If you're looking for a Botox or dermal filler treatment in Germantown, MD, connect with us at Advanced Dental Center, and let our experienced professionals guide you through the process of skin rejuvenation. We also offer dental cleaning, teeth whitening, and fluoride treatments at reasonable prices. Call us at 301-353-8890 for more info!