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Botox Versus Derma Fillers - Which One Is Best For You?

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Dr.Nitin Kumar Saxena 89% (1349ratings)
MD , MBBS
Dermatologist, Jaipur  •  18years experience
Botox Versus Derma Fillers - Which One Is Best For You?

There are several treatment options for wrinkles. These options are longer-lasting options. Among all of these options, Dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) are popular. Both of these techniques can be used to treat wrinkles.

However, there are a number of factors in which they vary and one can opt for any of these depending upon the requirements. Both treatments are done via injection to treat the wrinkles on the face. However, they both have different procedures.

Let’s know more about these procedures: 
Botox Procedure -

Botox is a muscle relaxer that is made from bacteria. It has been in use for decades. Apart from dermatological conditions, Botox is used to treat different conditions. It treats neurological disorders that could be the reason for muscle weakness. It is also used for treating migraines and other several medical conditions.

For the treatment of dermatological conditions, Botox is mainly used for treating dynamic wrinkles. These kinds of wrinkles occur naturally between the eyebrows, around the eyes, and around the mouth. They become more visible with age.

The injections of Botox help in lifting the muscles near these wrinkles. The muscle that contributes to certain wrinkles will be injected with Botox by the doctor to treat the wrinkles. The process of the injection takes a few minutes and the results are visible within two weeks.

Results of Botox
One can notice the desired result of Botox injection within a week. There are no major side effects of this procedure. However, if there are any minor side effects, it can be cured with time.
Side effects of Botox include eye irritation and redness, bruises at the injection site, and headaches and drooping eyelids (can take many weeks to resolve). One should consult the doctor about all the possible side effects and risks before going for the procedure.

The effectiveness of Botox lasts for three to four months.
Dermal Fillers Procedure -

Dermal fillers also treat the face wrinkles but they are mainly used for the treatment of smile lines. However, the cheeks and lips can also be plumped up using these fillers. At times, they are used to reduce the appearance of scars or for the treatment of hands wrinkles. However, Dermal fillers are not approved to plump up the other areas of the body such as the breasts and hips.
Dermal fillers come in various forms and they can be injected like Botox. Some dermal fillers are used temporarily and mainly treat the soft tissues along the smile lines of the face.

Results of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are also effective and it lasts longer than Botox. Results depend upon the kind of filler a person chooses. It also has fewer side-effects and that can be cured with time.
Dermal fillers's side effects include numbness, infection, itching, sores, redness, scarring, an allergic reaction, and bruising. Similar to Botox treatment, maintenance is important once the fillers wear off.

Conclusion
Both Botox injections and Dermal fillers are some of the most successful procedures for treating wrinkles. Both can be considered as a treatment for wrinkles depending upon the need.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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