Botox and Fillers
Botox itself is a muscle relaxer made from bacteria. It’s been on the market for over two decades and has been primarily used to treat dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles occur naturally around the eyes and mouth, as well as in between your eyebrows. They become more pronounced with age. Botox injections relax the muscles near these wrinkles. Not allowing the muscles to move reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Botox is not used for fine lines caused by collagen breakdown.
It is injected into the muscles that contribute to the specific wrinkles that need to be treated. The injection process itself takes just a few minutes with noticeable results within two weeks.
Dermal fillers also treat wrinkles on the face. They’re primarily used to treat smile lines, though the fillers can also be used to plump up the lips or cheeks. Sometimes, they’re used for hand treatments or to reduce the appearance of scars. Dermal fillers aren’t approved for plumping up other areas of the body, though, such as the breasts.
Dermal fillers come in different forms, and like Botox, they’re injectable. Some are temporary and used primarily for soft tissues in the face along the smile lines.