Botox and dermal fillers are effective methods of reducing the signs of aging.
Over the past decade, Botox and dermal fillers have risen in popularity. 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, the truth is these cosmetic treatments address two different things.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin is a protein used to treat and prevent facial wrinkles. Botox temporarily relaxes facial muscles, paralyzing the ones that cause fine lines and wrinkles. It is used to treat dynamic facial lines, which appear as a result of facial muscle movement around the eyes and mouth, as well as in between your eyebrows. This wrinkle treatment option is not used for fine lines caused by collagen breakdown.
Botox is also known to treat medical conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the hands, feet and other areas). The botulinum toxin is marketed under the names Dysport, Xeomin and Botox.
Where is Botox 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 Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers are also known as dermal fillers, and they work a little differently. Dermal fillers are used fill the trouble areas with collagen. This helps to stimulate collagen growth as well as plump and lift the skin to replace collagen loss in the face.
As we age, elastin, the natural collagen 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. Facial fillers lift and smooth out the face by adding a subtle amount of volume. They’re primarily used to treat smile lines, though the fillers can also be used to plump up the lips or cheeks.
Where are Dermal Fillers 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 facial fillers can restore the natural appearance of your ears.
- The hands. As we age, our hands become thin and wrinkled, which is the result of a loss of collagen. Dermal fillers can be used to restore the volume loss.
Botox and Dermal Filler Training at National Laser Institute
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 to perform these anti-wrinkle treatments. But there are a few states that allow LPNs to do cosmetic injectables.
National Laser Institute pioneered the medical aesthetics and cosmetic injectables industry with comprehensive professional training courses for cosmetic injectables and lasers that can be completed in just 1-2 weeks!
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 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.