Which Is Better: Botox or Dermal Fillers?

Botox and Dermal fillers are two products used in the face that help treat wrinkles, and experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard Brown offers these to Phoenix-area patients. Both approaches reduce wrinkles by a different mechanism, but the choice of one over the other depends on your aesthetic goals and personal lifestyle. In your treatment consultation, Dr. Brown will consider your individual needs in helping you select the product that will work best for you.

With Botox treatments, an FDA-approved neurotoxin is injected into your facial muscles. The injection decreases the nerve signals that tell muscles to contract, instead making them relax. In turn, the skin relaxes as well, and wrinkles are softened.

Because of its mechanism of action, Botox is most appropriate for mechanically induced wrinkles, like frown and forehead lines. Treatments usually remain effective for 3-6 months, so you will need to receive regular injections to prevent wrinkles from returning. The more consistent you are with staying up on injections the longer your results will begin to last.

Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are also administered by injection. Unlike Botox, though, these treatments last 6-12 months. These fillers are developed from naturally-occurring substances found in the skin, and they can be used to treat deeper wrinkles and add more youthful fullness to your skin. Dermal fillers can also correct thin lips and acne scars.

If you’re ready to discover the wrinkle treatment that’s best for you, please contact Dr. Richard Brown today at ​480-568-3804 for a consultation in one of our conveniently located offices in the Phoenix metro area.