Botox and dermal fillers are effective methods of reducing the signs of aging. Over the past decade, their popularity has risen. In fact, over 9 million Botox and dermal filler treatments were performed in the United States last year.
Yet, many people still ask “What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?”
While Botox and dermal fillers sound similar, they address two different things.
What is Botox, and How Does it Work?
Botulinum toxin is a protein that temporarily relaxes the facial muscles by paralyzing the ones that cause fine lines and wrinkles. It is also known to treat medical conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the hands, feet and other areas). The toxin is marketed under the names Dysport, Xeomin and Botox.
What Areas of the Face Can Botox be Injected?
There are three common areas of the face where Botox is injected:
- Between the eyebrows. A few units of Botox injected between the eyebrows can reduce the appearance of frown lines, the two vertical lines that create an “11.”
- The forehead. Botox can be applied to the forehead to reduce the appearance of a furrowed face.
- Crow’s feet. To create an overall younger appearance, Botox can be injected on the side of your eyes, which are most commonly referred to as crow’s feet.
In addition to the FDA-approved uses, there are many off-label uses for Botox, including:
- The lips. A Botox “Lip Pop” is one of the most popular off-label treatments, which gives patients the appearance of fuller lips.
- Eyebrow arch. This treatment includes injecting Botox into the brow depressors to create an eyebrow lift.
- Platysmal bands. Botox injections can relax the area of the neck that creates a V-shape as you age.
What are Dermal Fillers, and How Do They Work?
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are similar, but they work a little differently. As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in our skin lessens, and the amount of Hyaluronic Acid decreases in our body. This leaves the skin not as supported, so lines and wrinkles develop. Dermal fillers lift and smooth out the face by adding a subtle amount of volume.
What Areas of the Face Can Dermal Fillers be Injected?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of dermal fillers for the following areas:
- Nasolabial folds. These are the wrinkles on the sides of your mouth that extend towards the nose, which are commonly referred to as “marionette lines” and “smile lines.”
- Cheeks. Dermal fillers can plump cheeks and fill in shallow or hallow regions that are commonly due to genetics, aging or fat loss.
- Lips. If you are looking to fix a thin upper lip or want fuller lips, dermal fillers are great for plumping, contouring and shaping.
Some off-label uses for dermal fillers include:
- Under the eyes. Dermal fillers are administered to the tear troughs to eliminate those dark circles that come with aging.
- Nose. Nicknamed the non-surgical nose job or lunchtime nose job, fillers are injected into the nose to correct curves, bumps and lumps.
- Earlobes. Gravity, volume loss and heavy earrings eventually cause the earlobes to sag, but dermal fillers can restore the natural appearance of your ears.
- The hands. As we age, our hands become thin and wrinkled. Dermal fillers can be used to restore the volume loss.
Botox and Dermal Filler Training
One of the most common questions get asked by prospective students is “Who can inject Botox?” While the regulations vary from state to state, in most cases you must be an RN or higher. But there are a few states that allow LPNs to do cosmetic injectables.
Our CE/CME courses are designed to prepare doctors, nurses and medical professional to perform Botox, dermal fillers and other cosmetic injectable treatments in any medical setting!
Each course is split between classroom education and clinical hands-on training. In the classroom, students will learn things like proper injection techniques, facial anatomy and patient selection. During clinical hands-on training, students are broken into small groups (no more than 5 students per instructor) and have the opportunity to work on a variety of scheduled clients in a luxury retail medical spa setting in order to gain real world experience.
For students who have a limited amount of time, we offer CE/CME courses that can be completed in as little as a weekend or a couple of days.