In our many years of experience, we noticed that many of the people interested in cosmetic procedures often confuse Botox and Hyaluronic Acid (or other dermal fillers). In some cases, patients even believe they are the same thing.
We offer all this information in our clinics, but we believe it will be really useful if we write an article that will clarify these aspects.
First of all, Botox is a muscle relaxant used to reduce movement in the targeted area, whereas dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic Acid will replace volume that was lost due to the aging process.
Both substances are Injectables. Botulinum Toxin is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, by treating the dynamic lines (frown lines, forehead lines and crows feet). Basically, botox will trick your muscles into not moving; therefore not showing your expression wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid, on the other hand, is used to treat static lines, by adding volume to fill the lines. Dermal fillers are also the ones used in augmentation procedures (e.g. lips).
Botulinum Toxin reversibly attaches to the muscle’s nerve endings in the targeted area, whereas Hyaluronic Acid works by binding to water, thus plumping and hydrating the skin.
Although both products are used for a reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as you can see above, they are completely different products.