botox vs fillers

Botox vs. Fillers: What Do I Need?

Let’s talk about injectables — what are they and what do they do? You’ve likely heard the buzzy term before and I’ll decode it for you. Injectables can be split into two basic camps: Neuromodulators and Dermal Fillers. Let’s break it down even further.

Neuromodulators, such as Botox and Jeuveau, treat dynamic wrinkles on the face, or the lines muscles make with repeated facial movements. Those 11’s between your eyes when you squint, forehead wrinkles that pop up when you raise your eyebrows, and the crow’s feet at the outer corners of your eyes when you smile — those are dynamic lines! Neuromodulators soften dynamic lines by temporarily blocking the nerve signals to the treated muscles, therefore relaxing the muscle contractions that cause these lines for approximately three months.

But what do we do about the wrinkles that are visible when your face is at rest? Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Bellafill, treat static wrinkles that result from a loss of skin elasticity, collagen depletion, and facial fat pad movement.

Temporary fillers, such as Juvederm, are powered by hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring ingredient in our own bodies that brings healthy hydration to our treated skin for six months to 2 years. Long-term enhancement fillers, such as Bellafill, consists of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres in a collagen carrier that builds long-lasting collagen in the skin for five years or longer. Both smooth static wrinkles and improve facial volume.

If you are interested in injectables, come see one of our Board Certified Nurse Practitioners at Larson Medical Aesthetics to discuss which injectable is the right fit for you to achieve the most natural results. Whether you want to look more refreshed or to simply age gracefully, we’re always here for you.