The Difference Between Wrinkle-Smoothing Treatments

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There is a fine line between different dermal fillers…get it? Anyway, there are a variety of treatments to smooth wrinkles, but do you know the difference between the various injectables, from dermal fillers to BOTOX® Cosmetic? Our Rochester, NY, team has a brief breakdown so you can educate yourself, and be ready to ask our team the questions that are most important to you.

All of the dermal fillers we offer are the most popular in the industry, restoring youthfulness, plumping thin lips, and softening facial creases and lines. The other wrinkle-smoothing injectables include names that you’re sure to know: BOTOX® Dysport®, and Xeomin®.

What is a dermal filler?

Valid question. Dermal fillers are known as a liquid facelift because they give you a youthful appearance with no anesthesia or downtime. JUVÉDERM®, Voluma®, Perlane®, Restylane Silk®, and Belotero® are made from a material called hyaluronic acid, which naturally exists in the skin. When injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid binds with water molecules, and in essence “fills in” wrinkles and folds and corrects volume loss.

Radiesse® is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite, which is found naturally in bones. This compound is used to fill deep creases, enhance the fullness of cheeks and other facial contours. This product stimulates the body to produce collagen naturally. So the body absorbs the product and leaves behind natural collagen for great results.

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Common areas treated with dermal filler:

  • Smile lines, lines that run from the corner of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Marionette lines (downward from the corners of the mouth)
  • Corners of the mouth
  • Lips
  • Cheeks
  • Pre-jowl area
  • Hands

Dermal fillers are so effective at filling in age-related volume loss and smoothing out wrinkles that they earn a 93% Worth It rating on RealSelf.

What is the difference between dermal fillers and the other injectables?

BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are purified proteins that work to block nerve impulses. This allows muscles to relax, effectively eliminating wrinkles and giving the face a rejuvenated look. These treatments are used to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement, most commonly on the forehead or around the eyes.

Common areas treated with these injectables: 

  • Vertical lines between the eyes
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Vertical lip lines
  • Chin dimples

Read more about 4 of the best areas to use BOTOX in this related blog post.

What wrinkle smoothing treatment is best for me?

Well, it’s not always a choice of one or the other – most of our patients use a combination of both treatments to achieve optimal results. Dermal fillers are often used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments including injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or Fraxel® skin resurfacing.

Talk to our team about your goals, the areas you’re looking to improve, any past treatments and we’ll provide a realistic recommendation for you.

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