What’s the Difference Between Neuromodulators and Dermal Fillers?

A young woman in a white t-shirt and big round glasses smiles and poses in front of a gray background From BOTOX® Cosmetic to Juvederm, there are many cosmetic injectable products. These types of non-surgical services have maintained wide popularity over the past couple of decades, and for good reasons! The benefits include:

  • No incisions or sutures
  • Minimal to nonexistent downtime
  • Effective, natural results
  • Treat many types of wrinkles and creases

Regarding that last point, the two primary types of injectables are neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Let’s dig deeper into the differences between the two:

  • Neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport reduce dynamic wrinkles, which form when a specific area of facial muscle contracts, which causes the skin to fold on itself
  • Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane fill wrinkles caused by a depression in the skin, so the wrinkle is present even when your face is relaxed

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport work by blocking communication between targeted nerves and muscles in order to stop the muscle from contracting. When you furrow your brow in concentration, or your eyes squint while laughing, those facial expressions form creases. Over time, the creases may etch their way into the skin and stay there even when your face is relaxed. Neuromodulator injections maintain your natural expressiveness while limiting where the skin folds. Results won’t look fake or artificial, but you will look rejuvenated and approachable. The results last three to four months before re-injection is necessary.

Dermal fillers support the skin from below, literally filling in an area of volume loss. Volume naturally diminishes with age as fat descends, and collagen and elastin break down. Fillers make it possible to restore the volume for smoother skin. There are many types of dermal fillers available, and the exact composition depends on the type. Many of them use hyaluronic acid, which mimics the HA that exists naturally in your skin, joints, eyes, and connective tissue. The longevity also depends on the brand, with most fillers lasting between four to eight months, and a few lasting one to two years.

How Do You Choose the Right Injectable?

Dr. Zachary Farris is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing injectables and cosmetic procedures for many years. After examining your face and facial laxity, as well as discussing your goals with you, Dr. Farris will make a custom recommendation. You may ultimately decide to have a combination of dermal fillers and neuromodulators, or one or the other. Rely on Dr. Farris for guidance. To arrange your consultation in Dallas, please call our team at 214-363-1073.

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