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Dermal Fillers vs. Wrinkle Reducers

Dermal Fillers vs. Wrinkle Reducers: Which is Best For Me?

When you’re looking for non-invasive solutions for lines, wrinkles, and facial enhancement, dermal fillers and wrinkle reducers are two top choices. While dermal fillers and wrinkle reducers both excel as non-invasive procedures, it’s important to understand how they’re different. Read on to learn whether dermal fillers or wrinkle reducers are the best choice for you. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectables that reduce facial lines and add volume in the specific areas where it’s needed. Generally, dermal fillers replace the subcutaneous facial fat that diminishes naturally over the years. This facial fat loss is often the cause of skin sagging and wrinkles, especially in the middle and lower face. 

There are a wide variety of dermal fillers available today, with the most popular types including Juvéderm® and Restylane® products. Both Juvéderm and Restylane have a main ingredient called hyaluronic acid. This naturally-occurring substance is vital for skin hydration and volume, so it can restore your face to a youthful appearance in a natural way. 

Dermal fillers generally last 6-12 months, with some cheek fillers like Juvéderm Voluma lasting as much as 24 months. They dissolve gradually over time, but you can prevent a return to your former appearance with follow-up treatments once or twice a year. 

What Are Wrinkle Reducers?

Wrinkle reducers are injectables that treat lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movements like squinting, smiling, raising your eyebrows, frowning, or deep concentration. The two main options in wrinkle relaxers are Botox®, and Dysport®. Botox® is FDA-approved to treat forehead lines, wrinkles between your eyebrows, and crow’s feet around your eyes. Dysport® is FDA-approved to treat wrinkles between your brows. Wrinkle reducers can take effect as soon as 24-48 hours of injection, and they can last for as long as four months. 

While wrinkle reducers generally work the same way, the slight differences in formula can make one better than another for some patients. For example, some patients find that one of the three formulas gives them a slightly faster onset time or better longevity. Your injection specialist can help you decide which one is best for your needs. 

Dermal Fillers vs Wrinkle Reducers

If you have vertical lines between your brows, crow’s feet around your eyes, or lines across your forehead, a wrinkle reducer injectable is generally the best treatment choice. In general, the simple rule to remember is that if the wrinkles come mainly from muscle contractions, a wrinkle reducer can help. 

If you have facial folds around your nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), lines in and around your lips, volume loss in the cheek area, or drooping at the corners of your lips, dermal fillers can be the perfect treatment. Dermal fillers are also a good choice if you want to plump your lips. But, if you’re concerned about lines or wrinkles that grow from muscle movement, a wrinkle reducer is a better treatment choice. 

Which Non-Invasive Procedure is Right For Me?

Dermal fillers and wrinkle reducers are both great solutions when you want fast results with zero recovery time. To learn more about how these injectables can restore your youthful appearance, call the Aesthetic Medicine office in Lake Oswego or Schedule your Free consultation online to get started now.