While both are injectables, Botox and other dermal fillers have varying uses in cosmetic surgery with quick recovery. Understanding those difference can help patients make the best choices for their beauty needs. Below are a few considerations for each type of procedure:
Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a protein that relaxes the muscles around the injection site, helping eliminate fine lines and wrinkles in one’s appearance. As such, it is best suited for patients seeking minor, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, particularly regarding facial features and wrinkles. However, anyone with a nerve or muscular condition should make sure to tell their plastic surgeon about it during their consultation to avoid any potential side-effects.
Fillers, on the other hand, are a collection of chemicals, such as Hyaluronic Acid, which usually occur naturally in the skin but lessen over time. These fillers provide a boost to natural collagen production and elastins to boost the skin’s youthful appearance and can be used to enhance the skin’s elasticity as well as eliminate wrinkles and deliver other cosmetic benefits. There are no known risks to treatment with fillers, and they provide natural, subtle changes that can last upwards of 18 months.
The difference between Botox and filler injections is blurred, but there are important distinctions that can help you optimize your beauty goals through one or the other. Keep these points in mind when discussing any cosmetic surgery plans with your plastic surgeon, and be sure to select the best procedure for your aesthetic needs.
If you’re in need of any cosmetic surgical advice, contact Maryland Plastic Surgery. Dr. Adam Summers can provide you with expert advice before scheduling your appointment with us.