Aesthetic Injections vs. Dermal Fillers

Aesthetic injections (i.e., Xeomin® and Botox®) and dermal fillers (i.e., Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero) are cosmetic treatments given through a series of injections. They are minimally invasive and have extremely low risks. That is where their similarities end, however.


Xeomin® / Botox® and dermal filler treatments are extremely popular, accounting for more than 9 million procedures in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)! They are one of the safest, non-invasive treatments available to provide a more youthful appearance!


Aesthetic Injectables

What? Xeomin® and Botox® work by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. When those nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscle is temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Without movement of these selected muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed.contain purified bacteria that freeze muscles - thus, help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movements and facial expressions. The key point here: Xeomin® and Botox® only work on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement - these are known as dynamic wrinkles or "expression lines."


Where? The most common "dynamic wrinkles" that Xeomin® and Botox® can treat are lines on the upper face, such as the "11" between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow's feet around the eyes. These lines are caused by our facial expressions - smiling, frowning, and squinting. Xeomin® and Botox® will not work on fine lines and wrinkles caused by sagging or loss of plumpness in the face, these are known as static wrinkles. Static wrinkles include lines in the cheeks, neck, and jowl areas.


When? Xeomin® and Botox® are not a permanent treatment. Repeated treatments are necessary for continued wrinkle-reducing effects. Most people find that the muscle-relaxing effect of Xeomin® and Botox® lasts for 3 to 4 months. Remember: prevention is key! Your skin care goals can only be attained as the result of consistent treatment, coupled with a proper daily skin care regimen.



Dermal Fillers

What? In 2018, more than 3 million men and women have endorsed this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime. As facial tissues thin out, lines become etched around the nose and mouth and cheeks look a little hollow. Dermal fillers can replace lost volume to help smooth wrinkles, enhance facial contours, smooth lines, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers contain gel-like ingredients that are injected beneath the skin to replace lost volume to help smooth wrinkles, plump the lips.


Where? This thinning is common in the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth. Depending on your aesthetic skin goals, filler can be used in several areas. From the face, jaw-line, and even hands!


When? How long the effects of dermal fillers will last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Generally speaking, the denser the product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it will last. To maintain your results, maintenance and subsequent treatments will be required.  




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