When it comes to handling the lines and wrinkles cropping up on your face, you have a myriad of options. But if topical creams aren’t getting the job done and surgical procedures are something you’d rather not pursue,, you’re likely checking into Botox® and dermal fillers, joining 10 million other Americans who have opted for these safe and effective solutions.
If you’re stuck trying to decide which is better, the answer is: Neither is better than the other, and both are better together.
Our team of expert dermatologists at Easton Dermatology Associates can help you understand the difference between dermal fillers and Botox and how they complement one another to give you a longer-lasting smooth complexion.
Every time you smile or frown or make any expression at all, you use your facial muscles, and the skin on your face folds and creases in response. Over time, those creases carve lines that stay even when your face is at rest.
Botox uses botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze those muscles, so they stay relaxed even when you’re laughing or grimacing. This stops the action that causes the vertical lines between your brows and those curved lines around your mouth, as well as the crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes. At Easton Dermatology Associates, we use XEOMIN®, a highly purified form of Botox, to help you achieve your best results.
The signs of aging are most visible on your face because as you age, you lose facial fat and collagen. This makes your cheeks look sunken and your skin look thin. Much like a deflated balloon, your skin shrivels and sags.
Dermal fillers address this problem by pumping in a substance to return the volume you’ve lost.
Here at Easton Dermatology Associates, we use the full line of Restylane® products to precisely target your individual skin problems, including sunken cheeks. Restylane contains water-loving hyaluronic acid, a substance found throughout your body and especially in your skin to keep it hydrated and plump. When we strategically inject this solution into key areas, your skin plumps and tightens like a reinflated balloon. The result is smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin.
The obvious reason to use both Botox and dermal filler together is that they perform two different functions, and if you want to solve two different problems, you need them both.
The less obvious reason to use these two treatments together is that each helps the other last longer. Botox alone lasts three to four months, and Restylane alone lasts 6-12 months, depending on the specific product and the area treated. But all injectables begin to break down over time, and your body absorbs and eliminates them.
The more you move your face, the more quickly your Botox and dermal filler begin to break down. But when you get Botox and Restylane together, Botox drastically reduces the muscle movements that deteriorate the fillers, so the results last longer.
If you have both dynamic lines and crepey wrinkles, you need both Botox and Restylane. You can trust our team of highly trained and experienced medical professionals to skillfully target the right muscles with your Botox treatment and the right zones for your Restylane, so you leave our office looking fresh and natural, never frozen.
When you’re ready to tackle your lines and wrinkles with the one-two punch of our Botox/Restylane combo, call us at our Easton or Salisbury location today to schedule an appointment and start looking younger soon.