Should I Choose Restylane or Botox?
Many people are confused about the difference between Restylane®, a dermal filler, and Botox®, a cosmetic injectable. They both target wrinkles on the face, so they’re often thought to be interchangeable – but this is not the case. They have distinct differences that should be carefully considered before treatment.
What Restylane Can Do
Restylane smooths out wrinkles by plumping, or filling, the skin. It increases volume and attracts water to the skin with hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body.
Its plumping action makes it a great choice for:
- Smoothing wrinkles that are always present on the face (not those you only see when you frown or squint, for instance). This includes forehead wrinkles, creases between the eyebrows, lip lines, and smile lines.
- Lip plumping.
- Filling in tear trough grooves. These are grooves between the lower eyelid and cheek area.
- Restoring loss of fullness or volume in the face due to aging.
- Diminishing or erasing depressed acne scars or pockmarks.
Restylane is an amazing product, but to get the most beautiful and natural results, you need the skill of a board certified plastic surgeon who knows the intricacies of facial structure and skin. Using too much or inexperience with where and how to inject it can lead to asymmetry, an artificial looking result, or other issues.
With Restylane, your beautiful results last up to 18 months from just one appointment!
How Botox is Different
Botox also addresses certain wrinkles on the face, but in a different way. It does not fill in lines and wrinkles, but rather diminishes them by relaxing the muscles in the face that are causing them. Most people know that Botox is often used between the eyebrows to get rid of frown lines, but it can also be used on crow’s feet and the forehead.
The distinction between Botox and Restylane is Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, or those that are caused by muscle movements or facial expressions. It is not designed for wrinkles that you see all the time, even when your face is relaxed.
When you relax the muscles that are causing wrinkles, your face looks more refreshed, rested, and youthful. If you’ve heard that Botox can make you look artificial or “frozen,” it’s because the person who administered the treatment used too much or applied it to the wrong areas. When Botox is done by an experienced facial plastic surgeon, all you’ll see is smoother, younger skin that looks like a younger, fresher version of you.
Botox results typically last three to four months. Botox is the number one cosmetic treatment in the country for good reason – it works!
If you’d like to learn more about these non-surgical ways to get a younger looking face, contact the office of Dr. Michel Siegel today!