What’s the Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Botox?

It’s not unusual for patients to begin to notice changes to their appearance as they approach their late 20s and early 30s and wonder how they can address early signs of aging.

In fact, many of these individuals are aware that cosmetic injectables like Restylane and Botox are a safe, effective, and non-invasive way to look younger and more refreshed. However, they may be less familiar with the specific benefits of each of these treatments and which one is right for them. 

So, when it comes to Restylane and Botox–what’s the difference?  Here’s everything patients need to know about the indications and use of these two products.

What Is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxin that can be used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, excessive perspiration, migraine headaches, teeth grinding, as well as numerous other medical conditions.

As a cosmetic injectable, Botox is used to block the release of acetylcholine and limit contraction of targeted facial muscles.

This then allows the relaxation of wrinkles and lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet for smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.

What Is Restylane?

Restylane is a dermal filler comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that’s naturally fond in the body and an excellent plumping agent.

That’s because hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water for instant volumizing and hydrating effects to deflated cheeks, hollow under eyes, thin or poorly-defined lips, and moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.

Additionally, Restylane has an extremely high-safety profile, with negligible risk of allergic reaction, and is also reversible.

Restylane and Botox: What’s the Difference?

While Restylane and Botox are both FDA-approved cosmetic injectables, they have varying indications for use and different mechanisms of action.

That being said, Botox is best-suited for dynamic wrinkles on the upper face that relax when underlying muscles are made inactive. In other words, Botox helps patients look more refreshed by preventing wrinkle-causing facial expressions.

On the other hand, Restylane is more appropriate for signs of aging related to volume loss in the mid- and lower-portions of the face. It’s also cleared to treat vertical lines around the mouth and augment the size and shape of lips.

Accordingly, this dermal filler plumps and lifts deflated skin and restores youthful fullness and contours to the face.

Restylane and Botox: How Long Do Results Last?

The Restylane family of dermal fillers can provide results that last from six-to-18 months. Comparatively, the effects of Botox injections typically wear off in three-to-four months.

In both cases, follow-up treatments are necessary to retain treatment benefits.

For additional information on Restylane and Botox and their differences, please call The Olney Skin Suite today to schedule a consultation.