By TOM C. PAGONIS, DDS, MS
Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers are both popular cosmetic treatments used to enhance facial features and reduce signs of aging. Here's a brief overview of both:
Botulinum Toxin: Also known as Botox, it's a neurotoxic protein that temporarily paralyzes muscles, resulting in the reduction of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. It's primarily used to treat crow's feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles.
Dermal Fillers: These are injectable substances used to fill in wrinkles and add volume to the face. Common types include hyaluronic acid, collagen, and calcium hydroxylapatite. They can be used to enhance the lips, cheeks, and jawline, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars.
Both treatments are minimally invasive and require little to no downtime. However, they should only be performed by a licensed and experienced medical professional to ensure safety and effectiveness. It's also important to note that results are temporary, and the treatments will need to be repeated regularly to maintain the desired look.