BOTOX, Restylane, Oh My! Which Injectable is Right for You?
When referring to cosmetic injections, a lot of people call everything BOTOX, the way they call all adhesive bandages “Band-aids.” It’s just simpler that way. But just like Band-aid is only one brand of bandage, BOTOX is a specific brand name injectable—there are loads to choose from: Dysport, Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Voluma, etc….
Overwhelmed yet? We feel you. There’s good reason for having so many choices—it means we can fine-tune your treatment to get amazing results that look natural and last an optimal amount of time. That said, we think it is important to know what you’re getting with each option. Here’s the lowdown on today’s FDA approved product lineup from our team.
First, some basics. You’ve got your neurotoxins, and you’ve got your fillers.
Injectables can either be medications called “neurotoxins” that cause facial muscles to relax, or fillers, which are substances that sit under your skin to restore volume, smooth wrinkles, or enhance a feature.
BOTOX & Dysport are neurotoxins
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are both neurotoxins that prevent “expression lines” from being so severe. Each of these products contains very similar forms of botulinum toxin A. When injected into specific facial muscles, this toxin temporarily keeps the muscle from contracting, so you quit unconsciously scrunching, squinting or frowning.
BOTOX and Dysport are both great choices for treating:
Frown lines, crow’s feet, and brow furrows
Chin cobble stoning
Downturned corners of the mouth
Other wrinkles or signs of aging that are caused by habitual muscle contractions
Choosing between BOTOX vs. Dysport
If these neurotoxins are made from the same stuff and do the same thing, how do you know which to choose? A lot comes down to personal preference. Dysport has fewer ‘buffer” particles around the active toxin, so it works a little faster and spreads a little more easily than BOTOX.
Now your fillers: Radiesse, Sculptra, Restylane products, and all the Juvéderms
Fillers add structure and volume to the skin. Different products are made with different ingredients (or different formulations of the main ingredient), which affect their consistency, durability, and longevity.
Hyaluronic acid fillers: Juvéderm and Restylane products
The Juvéderm® family (including all the “VOL-somethings”) and the Restylane® family of products (Lyft, Silk, etc.) are your hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a skin-hydrating sugar molecule that is found in your skin already, so these fillers make a great option for patients who prefer a more natural product. Other benefits of HA fillers:
They have a smooth, gel-like consistency that feels natural under the skin
The effects are reversible with injections of an HA-eating enzyme called hyaluronidase
Each HA product has a unique consistency, and therefore a unique purpose, depending on the size of the hyaluronic acid molecules and how they are “cross-linked,” or bonded together.
Still not sure which injectable is your stuff? Enlist a pro’s help.
While it’s good to know the difference between BOTOX and fillers, you don’t really need to know ahead of time which specific products and formulas will give you the best results—that’s where an experienced, qualified injectables provider comes into play. For injectables advice you can trust—and results you will love—come see us at The New You Doctor. Dr. Jonathan Hansel is highly experienced in all of the above injectables, and he can help you choose the best products for your needs during a personal consultation.
Call 503 667-9300 or contact us online now to book your appointment.