Botox and Fillers: How Are They Different?

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botoxAs we age, we may start to see fine lines and wrinkles. There is no need to feel self conscious or worry about these tiny infringements on our youth. It might be time to consider Botox or dermal fillers. Take a quick look at how they are different in order to decide which is right for you. If you are in the San Diego, we at Revive Salon and Spa would love to help you with your cosmetic procedure decisions.

Botox: What’s all the fuss?

Botox is one of the most well known brand names for botulinum toxin. It is a natural protein that relaxes the facial muscles that can cause wrinkles. Typically, Botox is best used to reduce the look of frown lines along the forehead and crows feet on the outside of the eye. Botox also does wonders on lip lines. To sum it up, Botox works well with wrinkle and fine lines that form from making facial expressions. If you aren’t sure what this means, take a look in the mirror and make several different expressions. Smile, scowl, frown. Any place you see a crease or a wrinkle show up, could be a place where Botox can help.

When you go in for your Botox treatment in San Diego, you typically don’t have to plan for downtime after your injection. However, some clients experience slight bruising and swelling immediately after treatment, so you might not want to head straight to an engagement after receiving an injection. But, if you do have somewhere to be, makeup can offer a sufficient cover. The best thing about Botox is that you needn’t worry about any long-term side effects, so you can get an injection and continue with your everyday life. If you start getting injections in your twenties or early thirties, you can use Botox to aid in the prevention of wrinkles. If you are already into your better years, Botox can help to diminish any wrinkles and fine lines that may have started forming, and prevent any new ones from creeping in. Botox is loved by many generations of cosmetic clients in San Diego, and around the world.

So, what are fillers?

Dermal fillers are similar to Botox, as they are injections, and they are used to lessen signs of wrinkles and fine lines. The major difference is that fillers don’t relax the muscles in your face to minimize wrinkles as Botox does. Fillers add volume and plump your skin in order to make you look and feel revitalized. As your body ages your supply of collagen and elastin, proteins found in our skin, diminish, and when your skin loses its elasticity it forms wrinkles. Stress and a poor diet can also prevent the body from effectively producing more of these proteins. That’s where fillers can help. When you come in for your dermal filler treatment, there are several options from which to choose. At Revive Salon & Spa in San Diego, we use the following fillers:

  • Juvederm: Juvederm is an injection that contains hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in our body to fill in and smooth any wrinkles by plumping the skin. It is best used on areas such as under eye wrinkles or lip lines.
  • Restylane: Restylane is also an injection that contains hyaluronic acid and works similarly to Juvederm. It can be used on moderate to severe facial wrinkles, and is ideal for the under eye area.
  • Sculptra: Sculptra is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid that acts to add volume. It is biocompatible and, unlike other fillers, it builds over time instead of degrading over months. The results are more natural and may last up to two years. Plus, Revive Salon & Spa is San Diego’s premier Sculptra provider.

There are many options when it comes to Botox or dermal fillers. The beauty of these cosmetic injections is that you don’t have to pick just one. As a matter of fact, they work better when used together for different specific needs. Perhaps you will choose Botox for wrinkles on your forehead, but Restylane for under eye wrinkles. If you are in the San Diego area, visit us at Revive Salon & Spa for a consultation and we will develop a plan for your specific desires and needs.