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What is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Everyone is always asking, “what is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?” First, let’s talk about Botox. It’s a neurotoxin that blocks the action of the nerves on the injected muscle.  It relaxes the muscle and helps to soften wrinkles. People always ask “where can Botox be used?” Typically Botox is used in the upper part of the face, forehead, sides of eyes (also known as crow’s feet) or between the eyes which is called the glabella.  Botox can also be used in the jaw line for treating TMJ, or the under arms to help with excessive sweating call hyperhidrosis.  Botox can help aid in the treatment for migraine headaches as well. 

The cost for Botox is per unit and it depends on how many units used in the treated area.  Average cost can range anywhere from $100 and up and typically lasts from 3 to 4 months on average. 

Now, let’s talk about fillers, also known as dermal fillers. Dermal fillers typically are composed of hyaluronic acid which is found naturally in your body. Hyaluronic acid is a water seeking molecule that binds with the water in your own skin and it creates volume. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body and helps produce collagen, which gives volume in the skin and prevents wrinkles. As we age we start to lose our hyaluronic acid and collagen, therefore losing volume.  Dermal fillers help to replace the lost volume in our skin, creating a more youthful appearance.  

There are several types of dermal fillers on the market designed for specific areas of our face. Some brands that Urban Medspa & Weight Loss Center carry are Voluma, Juvederm, Bellafil, Volbella, Sculptra and Restylene. Typically fillers last 6 months to 2 years, although Bellafil is FDA approved to last up to 5 years. Dermal fillers can also be used for other cosmetic improvements including enhancing lip volume and to help improve the appearance of ice pick acne scars. Ice pick scarring is caused by severe cystic acne and acne sufferers that picked at their skin, causing the skin to lose collagen in specific areas of the face. Urban Medspa & Weight Loss Center offers advanced dermal filler procedures such as non surgical nose jobs and penis girth enlargement.

The cost of fillers are per syringe so typically the cost is determined by how many syringes used. Prices per syringe range from $400 to $900 and up depending on how many syringes are used for the desired results. 

So in conclusion, Botox stops movement which causes your wrinkles, fillers add volume to areas that have lost volume to emphasize areas you wish to have more fullness and are great alternative to plastic surgery.