What is Botox®?
Botox® is a brand of medications known as botulinum toxins. Other brands include Dysport and Xeomin. Botulinum toxin, despite its negative connotation, has many important medical uses. In cosmetic dermatology it is used to temporarily relax frown lines and lines of facial expression. Botox® injections, particularly of the forehead and eye area, are among the safest and most reliable way to relax the fine lines and wrinkles on a patient's face.
Benefits of Botox®
The goals of Botox® injections are to produce noticeable results, which also appear natural and aesthetically pleasing. Indeed many patients remark how their friends, spouses and co-workers note how well-rested and refreshed they appear, without ever expecting that a cosmetic procedure had been performed.
What are Fillers?
Dermal fillers, or sometimes just "fillers," are substances that are injected into the deep lines in patients' skin for the purpose of reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Many of these products contain Hyaluronic acid, a soft and natural gel-like substance which is easily injected into areas of volume loss. Products like Juviderm and Restylane exemplify this type of filler. Other fillers such as Voluma, Radiesse, Perlane and Sculptra are used for more severe areas of voluma loss.
Benefits of Fillers
Fillers are injected into the soft-tissue areas of the face to replace volume that is loss with the aging process. Filling these lines results in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, a lifting of the skin, and the creation of a softer appearance in the cheeks. Filler can be used underneath the eye, in the cheeks, around the mouth and in the lips.