Wrinkle treatment options are increasingly abundant. There are numerous over-the-counter products, and people are also turning to their healthcare providers for longer-lasting options. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) and dermal fillers are both long-lasting treatments. Each procedure can be used for wrinkles, but there are several differences between the two to consider.
Botox itself is a muscle relaxer made from bacteria. It’s been on the market for over two decades, and has been used to treat neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness. It’s also used for the treatment of migraines and other medical conditions. • calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), a temporary gel solution that lasts for 18 months • collagen, a temporary material that lasts for up to four months • hyaluronic acid, a temporary material that loses its effect after 6 to 12 months • poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, Sculptra Aesthetic), a man-made material that lasts about two yearsBotox and dermal fillers alike may be used to treat wrinkles on the face. Each treatment is also delivered via injection. Still, both options have slightly different uses.