Botox vs. Restylane

BOTOX® and Restylane® are the top two cosmetic injectable on the market. However, they achieve their goals through very different methods.

First and foremost, unlike Restylane®, BOTOX® is NOT a dermal filler. Instead, BOTOX® injections contain a purified protein derived from a toxin called bacterium clostridium botulinum. This substance is FDA approved as a treatment for facial wrinkles, and works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, the chemical responsible for transmitting motion signals to the muscles. Facial muscles that are injected with BOTOX® will weaken and contract less, smoothing out the fine lines that such muscle contractions usually create. Within a week after your BOTOX® treatment, you’ll notice a remarkable decrease in the appearance of laugh lines, frown lines and crow’s feet; these results can persist for up to six months or even longer.

Restylane®, is the world’s top dermal filler. Like BOTOX®, Restylane® involves a series of tiny facial injections, but rather than deactivating muscles, Restylane® actually uses a natural gel called hyaluronic acid to level out wrinkles and fill depressions. It can also be used for lip augmentation. Restylane® is FDA approved, uses no animal products, and is particularly safe thanks to its use of hyaluronic acid – a substance which occurs naturally in the human body. Similar dermal fillers like Juvederm, Hylaform and Perlane also use hyaluronic acid. By reestablishing connective tissues, Restylane® effectively increases the volume of the skin, dramatically reducing wrinkles and improving smile lines and dark under eye circles. Restylane® results can last as long as six months to a year.

Choosing between BOTOX® and Restylane® or using in conjunction is a decision best made after a consultation with Dr. Nishioka. Every individual patient brings a separate set of circumstances. Ask your provider at Willamette ENT Facial Cosmetic Center to see how BOTOX® or Restylane® can help you.

Source: www.botoxforum.com/botoxvsrestylane

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