What is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Model with Smooth Face Holding Hands to Each CheekA common misconception is that Botox and dermal fillers are one in the same. The truth is that Botox and dermal fillers are two completely different approaches to battle the effects of aging. Although both are injected into wrinkles and minimally invasive procedures that produce results without downtime, they work:

  • In different ways. Botox acts by relaxing muscles so that wrinkles disappear. Dermal fillers work by filling in the wrinkles with a substance similar to one that occurs naturally in your body.
  • For different periods of time. Botox typically lasts for three to four months, but fillers can last over a year.
  • Best for different areas. Botox is most commonly used on lines around the eyes and forehead and to raise the eyebrow. Fillers can be used almost anywhere (except the forehead) and can augment the shape of your lips, cheeks, and other facial contours.

Dr. Costanzo offers both of these treatments, which provide different solutions for Thousand Oaks patients who want to maintain their youthful appearance as long as possible before transitioning to surgery.

How Long Has Botox Been Used in Plastic Surgery?

Another difference between Botox and dermal fillers is Botox’s role in plastic surgery. As a recommended treatment, first for continuous twitching of the eyelid and later for wrinkles, Dr. Costanzo has effectively treated Thousand Oaks’ patients with Botox for most of his career.

The rise of minimally invasive procedures was in part due to how effective Botox was for reducing fine lines and wrinkles for patients in their 30s and 40s who were not ready for facelifts but wanted to enhance their appearance. Botox treatment became the treatment of choice for patients who wanted to maintain their look for as long as possible.

A Little-Known Benefit of Botox

In Dr. Costanzo’s career as a plastic surgeon, he has seen the benefits of long-term Botox use first-hand. Because wrinkle-causing muscles are relaxed, not only are wrinkles smoothed but new wrinkles are prevented from imprinting. So if you use Botox for a few years or more, you won’t go back to looking the way you would with natural aging. You’ll save yourself those additional years of wrinkles deepening.

Even more fascinating is the increased effectiveness over time in some patients. As you continue using Botox, its effects can last longer with continued use. This means that some patients who had Botox treatments for years will notice their effects lasting longer than the usual three to four months.

Start Treatment Early

The one regret that many Thousand Oaks patients have is that they didn’t begin treatment in their late 20s or 30s. This would have maintained their appearance even longer and delayed the need for a facelift.

Dr. Costanzo recommends that patients considering Botox should begin at the first sign of fine lines or wrinkles. This preventative approach to Botox preserves your look and the effects of aging before they have progressed to a point that requires correction.

To schedule your Botox consultation, call Dr. Costanzo’s Thousand Oaks office at (805) 373-9919.