What is the difference between Toxins (BOTOX® and Dysport®) and Fillers (JUVÉDERM, Restylane® and VOLUMA)?
Toxins and fillers are two entirely different modalities that we use to fight the signs of aging.
such as BOTOX and DYSPORT are compounds that work to reduce the muscles ability to contract as forcefully as it does normally. The wrinkles between our brows (frown lines), overlying our forehead, and along the eyes (crow's feet) are caused by muscle contractions. These wrinkles are referred to as "dynamic wrinkles" meaning they are caused by muscle movement. The toxins are injected into the area of the muscle and the toxins lessen the muscles ability to contract. When this occurs you get softening of the lines in that specific area. The results from the toxins typically last 3 to 4 months on average. Other wrinkles, referred to as "static wrinkles, are there regardless of the muscle contraction. These lines are difficult to treat as they are not responsive to toxins. In some cases those lines can be helped by fillers.
are very true to their name in that they "fill" and plump up the skin for a more youthful look. The majority of fillers used are made from Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a substance we naturally have in our body. It makes up the fluid in our joints and it helps to give our skin a supple look. Over time our natural HA is lost causing our skin to look thin. Add gravity to the mix and we are left with wrinkling. By using fillers to replace some of the volume loss we are able to reverse some of the gravitational pull and make you look more youthful. The results from fillers last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. The difference is which product is used and where it is injected. Not all of the HA injectables can be given in all areas and that makes some unique from others.