Cosmetic injectables are common solutions that combat wrinkles and the loss of collagen in the face due to aging. But, all injectables are not the same. Botox and dermal fillers are quite different, and Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria wants to help you learn the differences. We also help determine which solution is right for you.

A woman being marked for botox treatment

What Is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that derives from a type of neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. This toxin comes from a type of bacteria that works by blocking the nerve muscles in your face where lines tend to appear as you age, namely, the forehead, around your eyes, and mouth. While this toxin can make you ill if you ingest too much of it, but as an injectable, the small amount won’t hurt you.

Before and after results for dermal fillers on a woman

What Are Fillers?

Dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, a naturally-derived chemical that doctors use to add volume to skin that has lost collagen. An injection of a gel form of hyaluronic acid goes into areas of the face that have lost their elasticity. The most common areas for filler products are the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth. Fillers are also often used to fill scars or smooth wrinkles in other areas.

A woman getting dermal fillers in her cheeks

What Are the Key Differences?

While both cosmetic injectables work to reduce the signs of aging, the key difference is in how they work. Botox works to freeze the muscles of the face to keep them from contracting during facial expression movements. Fillers do not freeze the face. They are plumpers to fill in the creases and dents caused by wrinkles.

Woman feeling better after receiving a cosmetic injectable treatment

What Results Should I Expect?

Patients who receive Botox injections may see results right away but may take 10-14 days for the full effect. Botox usually lasts three to four months before needing redoing. Fillers, on the other hand, tend to work right away. Depending on the patient and the area filled, the results can last from six months to two years. Though, physicians recommend touch ups a couple of times a year to maintain your look.

Botox and fillers derive from different formulas and treat different areas, but they are often used in tandem to bring about the look you desire. Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa offers both treatments at our Peoria medical spa. Contact us today to learn more about these cosmetic injections.