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The Difference Between Botox® and Dermal Fillers

Your first impression may be your last if your smile reveals dingy, crooked, chipped, or missing teeth. That’s why our expert team here at Brite Dental Spa in New York, New York, offers comprehensive smile makeovers, including any combination of veneers, Invisalign® clear aligners, crowns, gum recontouring, inlays or onlays, dental implants, Zoom!® whitening, and more. We can do whatever you need to overhaul your teeth and give you something to grin about.

But what about the rest of your face? Even if you have a gleaming smile, the deep lines, crepey wrinkles, and sunken cheeks can leave you feeling self-conscious despite your perfect teeth. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.

With Botox® and dermal fillers, we can restore the youthful look of your face so it matches your radiant pearly whites. Here’s what you need to know.

Injectables for your face

Facelifts have stood the test of time, and nothing else can achieve the lifting and tightening quite like this surgical procedure. But with the advent of minimally invasive injectables, such as Botox and dermal fillers, the cosmetic industry landscape has shifted significantly. 

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a little more than 234,000 people opted for a surgical facelift last year, while nearly a million decided to forego the knife and go for injectables instead.

The two types of injectables used to correct facial flaws are botulinum toxin type A products (Botox) and hyaluronic-based dermal fillers. As dentists, we use Botox as a medical treatment to address the symptoms of TMJ, bruxism, and migraines, but it also has a cosmetic use that can restore a fresher, smoother face.

You can say that both Botox and dermal fillers get rid of wrinkles, but there are two big differences between the two treatments: what they target and how they work.

Know your wrinkles

What one person calls wrinkles another may call a fold, and they are both right — but it's a bit more complicated than that. When it comes to facial skin, there are two distinct types of wrinkles that form as you age.

Dynamic wrinkles

When your face moves and is actively making an expression, multiple facial muscles jump into action to produce a smile, frown, grimace or look of surprise. Over time, as your skin loses elasticity, those expressions wear deep creases in your face, particularly across your forehead, around your eyes, and between your brows, which remain even when your face is at rest.

Passive wrinkles

Compared to dynamic wrinkles, passive wrinkles are more textural. These are the crepey, weblike lines and wrinkles that appear as your skin loses volume, leaving it shriveled, like a deflated latex balloon. Passive wrinkles didn’t come from smiling too many times or worrying too much, these are just the inevitable signs of aging skin.

Botox for dynamic wrinkles

If your forehead looks like a lined piece of notebook paper, the corners of your eyes have permanent crow’s feet, and the vertical lines between your brows make you look perpetually angry, Botox can help.

Derived from the same toxin that causes food poisoning, Botox (a highly purified and safe form of the substance) effectively paralyzes the tiny facial muscles responsible for the deep creases that won’t go away. Once your muscles relax, your skin returns to its flaccid position, and your face looks smoother, younger, and more refreshed.

Dermal fillers for passive wrinkles

The best solution for your passive wrinkles, dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a viscous gel-like substance that replenishes the fat and structural scaffolding you had in your youth. When our team injects the filler into strategic spots under the surface of your skin, it produces a smoother, brighter, tighter complexion, like a latex balloon that’s been reinflated.

Botox and dermal fillers are better together

If you only have one type of wrinkle, you can choose the treatment that’s right for you. But if you’re like most people, you have both kinds of facial flaws. In that case, get both Botox and a dermal filler treatment — they complement one another beautifully.

From your teeth and gums to your forehead and eyes, our team at Brite Dental Spa can restore your smile and your whole face. To find out which treatment or treatments will help you reach your aesthetic goals, schedule an appointment online or call us today.

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