Dermal Fillers & Botox—The Differences | Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery


What Is the Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Botox®?

The negative impact of the signs of aging, like wrinkles, fine lines, and volume loss, can affect your appearance, your self-esteem, and your overall sense of wellness. Dermal fillers and Botox®  are two effective treatments to help refresh your youthful appearance and restore your confidence.

But what is the difference between dermal fillers and Botox®? How do you know which treatment suits your needs?

At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, our expert team of plastic surgeons can help you determine whether Botox® or fillers will help you achieve your rejuvenation and aesthetic goals.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are non-surgical treatments effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also promote collagen production to improve skin’s overall appearance.

Hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the skin, is the main ingredient in the Restylane and Juvéderm products offered at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery. By drawing moisture from its surroundings, HA is effective at rehydrating the skin. Fillers support the skin by replacing HA that’s been lost through the aging process, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles for softer, smoother skin.

Fillers are effective minimally invasive treatments that reduce the signs of aging, including:

  • Restoring lost volume in cheeks and lips
  • Smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and creases
  • Decreasing undereye shadows and hollows on lower lids
  • Refining the chin and jawline

What Is Botox®?

Many facial lines and wrinkles are caused by the repetitive contraction of certain facial muscles. Botox® is a neurotoxin that relaxes these muscles, leading to smoother-looking skin to help you look refreshed and youthful.

It improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by treating the areas that create facial expressions. By relaxing the targeted muscles, you’ll never have a frozen or expressionless face, only a smoother, refreshed appearance. Younger patients now use Botox® as a preventative treatment to keep lines from forming.

Botox® addresses problem areas that make people look tired, older, or angry, including:

  • Vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Forehead wrinkles or creases
  • Crow’s feet around the outer eye corners
  • Vertical lines on the upper lip
  • Prominent jaw muscles that give the face a square look
  • Bands along the neck

Do I Need Fillers or Botox®?

While both dermal fillers and Botox® treatments are safe and effective for most patients, the answer to which treatment you need depends on what your aesthetic goals are, the treatment areas, and your skin’s condition.

During your consultation, we will help you determine which procedure will help you achieve your goals. Then, we will personalize a treatment plan for your areas of concern and estimate the number of units required. We may recommend a liquid facelift that combines the benefits of Botox® and dermal fillers to rejuvenate your facial appearance.

We’ll even determine a maintenance schedule so you can always look your refreshed best.

Choosing Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery for Your Cosmetic Injectables

Your cosmetic injectable journey begins with a consultation with one of the renowned board-certified plastic surgeons of Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery. Partner with Ann Arbor’s best dermal filler and Botox® providers. Contact us today or call us at (734) 436-2186 to learn more!