Botox and dermal fillers are some of the simplest and most effective methods of achieving a more youthful look. Dr. Krant covers these topics in a fun and informative webinar on healthy skin and procedures anyone can start with, but you can also read below to learn the basics on these two options.
Botox and Fillers: What’s the Difference?
Botox and fillers are both injectables products that can be used to soften lines and wrinkles and create an overall more youthful appearance. However, these two categories of injectables have significant differences between the way that they work and, as a result, the best uses for each.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is the most well-known product in a category known as neuromodulators. Neuromodulators cut the nerve receptors in the muscle where they are injected. Dr. Krant explains that “that killing of the receptors is permanent, but your muscles make new receptors, and it takes about three months on average.” This means that Botox results last, on average, about 3-4 months.
Dysport is another option in the neuromodulator category that Dr. Krant offers.
How Do Fillers Work?
There are several different types of fillers, but the safest and least permanent options are hyaluronic acid fillers. Dr. Krant explains that these types of fillers are a “clear, plain gel that doesn’t do anything” aside from “taking up space” below the skin. This is beneficial because “as we get older, we lose fat in our faces. If we don’t replace it, what happens is that skin actually doesn’t snap back as much anymore and it starts to hang down.” Filler allows you to build the face back up to the appearance you once had before the aging process caused fat loss and sagging.
Who Should I Choose for Botox or Filler Injections?
When it comes to both Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers, the products themselves are safe and sterile, assuming that you receive name-brand products. “The risk involves what happens with the needle,” Dr. Krant explains. It is important to choose a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, or ENT surgeon. These doctors will have advanced training in proper injections and surgical facial anatomy. If injected improperly, fillers in particular can be quite dangerous. Injecting fillers into a blood vessel or where they put pressure on a blood vessel can cause significant issues, including blindness.
Dr. Krant is a board-certified dermatologist who has earned several recognitions including being named a Top Doctor by Castel Connolly and New York Magazine and awarded in dermatology for the Best of Manhattan Awards. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Mohs Surgery and has been certified in lifestyle medicine by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She also studied and trained at prestigious institutions including Harvard College and Columbia University.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about your best options for Botox and dermal fillers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Krant at Art of Dermatology in New York City. Contact us online to set up your first appointment.