Dermal Fillers Or BOTOX®? Which One Is For You?
Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin are all part of the natural aging process. When combined with other factors such as sun damage, gravity, or hormone changes, these imperfections can seem even worse. If you are seeking an anti-aging solution without undergoing surgery, injectables are a minimally invasive treatment that has worked for millions of individuals nationwide.
Injections require the expertise of a professional for the safest and most natural results possible. In the upscale neighborhood of Highland Park in Dallas, TX, The ZO Skin Centre offers a personalized approach to skin care. Learn about dermal fillers, BOTOX, and how each offers a range of benefits for your skin.
About dermal fillers
Aging not only causes wrinkles but the loss of facial volume, caused by a natural decrease in collagen and hyaluronic acid in the body. To correct this, most dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid gel. The material works by filling in targeted areas under the skin, which smoothes out wrinkles for an even appearance. One of the most popular dermal fillers is FDA-approved Juvéderm®. The brand is highly recognized as one of the longest-lasting filler options on the market. Restylane® and Voluma® are also trusted and versatile options made with hyaluronic acid to enhance your looks.
What dermal fillers can treat
Dermal fillers are used to temporarily plump the skin. They are typically used around the mouth, forehead, cheeks, and nose. The effects of fillers last from 9 – 12 months, but your injector can give you more specific information about each brand of filler. At The ZO Skin Centre, we use Juvéderm, Restylane, and Voluma to treat:
Acne scars: Acne alters the texture of your skin, leaving dents in the cheeks, forehead, and other areas.
Crow's feet: The wrinkles that appear in the corners of the eyes when you smile.
Frown lines: Also called glabellar lines, this is the skin that lies between the eyebrows and above the nose.
Marionette lines: The vertical wrinkles that start at the corners of the mouth and branch downward to the chin, resembling the jaw of a marionette.
Surprisingly, dermal fillers are not just used for wrinkles! Fillers can be used for facial contouring, to plump naturally thin lips, or to treat the hollow areas under the eyes. During your private skin care consultation at The ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, we will ask you to point out your problem areas so we can make a personalized plan for you.
BOTOX uses a purified form of botulinum toxin to block the signals that cause certain muscles to contract. The muscles are then prevented from making repetitive facial movements that lead to wrinkles. After a one-on-one consultation with an injector at our facility, we can determine if BOTOX is the right solution for you.
What BOTOX treats
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by the muscles that move when you make certain expressions such as squinting, laughing, and smiling. They tend to show up on the forehead, between the eyebrows, or around the lips. Everyone is born with dynamic wrinkles and as you get older, they get easier to see. BOTOX can be used to make these wrinkles less noticeable. After we determine the right dosage, our injector will administer BOTOX to give you a softer, younger-looking appearance.
Why not both?
BOTOX works for superficial lines, while fillers plump the skin and smooth out deep forehead furrows and other wrinkles. Some patients benefit from targeting multiple areas of the face at the same time. So why not get both? BOTOX and dermal fillers are a powerful combination that can make a dramatic impact on your appearance.
Regardless of the injection, the process is generally the same. Patients may receive a local anesthetic to feel more comfortable. Using an ultra-fine syringe, the injection is administered to the chosen areas of the face. The number of injections varies based on your skin condition and aesthetic goals. Most people report some pressure or a pinching sensation during treatment. Some improvements are noticeable soon after treatment, but optimal results are visible within several days, after the swelling dissipates. When combining dermal fillers and BOTOX, we may schedule the appointments a few weeks apart for the best results.
Consider The ZO Skin Centre
One of the best aspects of injectables is that they are a relatively quick way to look younger without extensive or complex surgery — you can receive BOTOX or dermal fillers during your lunch break. At The ZO Skin Centre, we can correct a range of skin issues to help you achieve radiant, healthy-looking skin in a short time. Our staff of skilled physicians, nurses, and aestheticians in Dallas, TX, are ready to work with you. Schedule your consultation with our specialists to learn more about reaching your cosmetic goals with injectables.