How to Choose Between a Dermal Filler and a Neurotoxin Treatment?

blonde woman in white silky bathrobe smiling From fine lines and wrinkles to lost volume and sagging skin, the effects of aging can impact our self-confidence and self-image. Thankfully, there are many treatment options that safely and effectively slow, and sometimes reverse, these signs of aging. Depending on what is being treated, there may be various options to choose from.

Although they are often referred to as fillers, injectable dermal treatments fall into two categories, dermal fillers, and neurotoxin treatments. While both can provide a significant and noticeable enhancement to the aesthetics of your face, these types of treatments are very different in how they work and what they are best suited to treat.

Dermal fillers generally use molecules naturally created and found in your body to restore lost volume from below the skin. Of these, hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most common and increases volume by absorbing nearby water molecules. This helps create a more toned and tighter appearance of your skin and can smooth moderate wrinkles and lines.

Dermal injectable treatments that use neurotoxins, such as BOTOX® and Juvederm®, do not use a molecule found in your body. Instead, these treatments use a safe amount of a neurotoxin specifically formulated for cosmetic use.

These treatments effectively interrupt the nerve signals sent to the facial muscles and keep them from contracting enough to cause lines and wrinkles. This treatment is especially effective at treating mild to moderate lines and wrinkles, as it keeps the facial muscles from deepening them or causing more. However, this type of treatment does very little to address lost volume.

Early treatment of lines and wrinkles on the face gives the best chance of keeping a toned, tight, and youthful appearance. Although these treatments are very effective, the results are usually temporary and last around a year. However, the treatments are safe and easy enough to be repeated and fit into your regular schedule.

Call Dr. Shondra Smith, Dermatology and Advanced Aesthetics in Lake Charles, LA, at 337-477-0011 or visit to get started on the perfect aesthetic or cosmetic treatment plan.

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