Should You Choose Botox or Dermal Filters?

Facial rejuvenation is one of the main reasons people choose to visit a Newport Beach dermatology office. Two of the most common procedures that can be performed to make your skin look younger and healthier are Botox and dermal fillers. What many people don’t know is that they aren’t the same thing. While it’s true that both are non-surgical options and they are also both injectable treatments, they fight aging in different ways and are made of different substances.

When you visit a dermatologist in Newport Beach and choose Botox, you are looking to treat wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, on the neck, and between the eyes. The substance used in Botox is an injectable that is a purified protein neurotoxin which is meant to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles you use during specific facial expressions, and preventing them from causing wrinkles. The results typically last between four to six months and require ongoing treatment to maintain.

A dermal filler treatment uses injectables that contain collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, or other substances to treat wrinkles around the mouth and nose, under the eyes, or on the cheeks, jawline, lips, and chin. The dermatologist who is recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology uses fillers to accomplish this by adding volume to these areas and lessens the appearance of wrinkles. Areas that are thinning are filled out, creating smoother skin and filling smile lines and other folds. Depending on the filler used, these results can last between six months and two years. Again, in order to maintain results, further treatment will be necessary.

The choice of either Botox and fillers is a personal choice and depends mostly on the areas you wish to treat. Discussing your goals with an experienced dermatologist will help you map out a treatment plan that is right for you.

If you would like to learn more about facial rejuvenation or lip injections in Newport Beach, contact Dr. Kappel’s office. From facial rejuvenation to lip injections in Newport Beach, Dr. Kappel and her staff will have you looking and feeling better all summer long. Call (949) 688-1288 to make an appointment or set up a consultation today.