What Are the Differences Between Botox and Injectable Fillers?

Let’s go ahead and just get this out of the way early: there is no minimum or maximum age when it comes to having injectable cosmetic procedures like neuromodulators Botox/Dysport/Xeomin/Jeuveau or injectable fillers performed. The only factors to consider are your unique anatomy and genetics. For some people, that could mean starting as early as 20. For others, you might be safe until your early thirties.

With that being said, there are a few general trends that most people can expect to experience at certain age groups. Whether you are experiencing those trends is a much better indication of whether Botox or injectable fillers are the right choices for you.

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  • Injectable Treatments in Your Twenties
  • Injectable Treatments in Your Thirties
  • Injectable Treatments in Your Forties
  • Injectable Treatments in Your Fifties and Beyond

What Are the Differences Between Botox and Injectable Fillers?

The difference is pretty easy to understand. Neuromodulator Botox (a substance made from medical grade botulinum toxin) prevents muscles from contracting, thereby inhibiting wrinkles and folds from forming on the face due to regular facial expressions. Hyaluronic acid Injectable fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero etc.) focus on filling in sunken areas of the face with hyaluronic acid fillers. Radiesse filler utilizes calcium hydroxyapatite and Sculptra filler stimulates collagen production via poly-L-lactic acid. Restoring this volume creates a fuller, more youthful appearance.

Why Do I Need Botox or Injectable Fillers?

There is a common cause at the root of every Botox or injectable filler procedure: aging. External factors like sun exposure and diet also contribute to skin conditions, but when you begin to notice changes in your skin, the most responsible culprit is always the natural aging process. Although we all go through this process, it does look different for everyone.

And that because as you get older, your skin begins to slow down on collagen production. Collagen is an abundant protein in the body and is responsible for keeping our skin taut and making us appear young.

Unfortunately, it has been estimated that by the age of 20, a person loses 1% of their total collagen production every year. It might seem like a small yearly loss, but it means by the age of40, you have lost 20% of the collagen that your body was producing two decades ago. When you hit retirement age, you are operating at 55 to 65% of the total collagen you were producing in your youth.

So how does that play a factor in the typical age group? Let’s look at the different categories and see how these injectable treatments typically play a role in improving someone’s appearance.

Injectable Treatments in Your Twenties

You can get injectable treatment as early as 18. Still, most physicians won’t recommend it undernormal circumstances since the body is young enough to produce an abundance of collagen and other proteins. Since you hit the 1% yearly loss at the age of 20, this is the typical age that many people start taking steps against visible signs of aging.

Since injectable fillers aim to replace volume that has already been lost, they aren’t generally useful unless they are being used to plumpen areas like the lips. For people in their twenties, it is often much more beneficial to focus on prevention, and, when it comes to prevention, Botox isone of the most reliable and proven methods available.

By preventing your muscles from contracting as you talk and express, the folds caused by that movement don’t have a chance to develop. This can have significant and drastic benefits on long-term signs of aging.

Injectable Treatments in Your Thirties

Turning 30 is rough for many people because it kind of marks the end of a “perpetually youthful”era. At this age range, most people begin to show visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, even when their face is blank. Since our eyes are such a big part of our facial expressions, it is normal for wrinkles to develop around the eyes and brows first.

At this point, it would be useful to have injectable fillers done since there is now a noticeable amount of volume lost in those areas. Botox treatments become even more crucial since emoting will have an even more significant impact on skin now operating on 90% or less of its initial collagen production.

This age group is where many people start injectable treatments. In fact, in 2019, 11% of the total hyaluronic acid fillers and 19% of the total botulinum toxin type A injections were done on people between the ages of 30 and 39.

Injectable Treatment in Your Forties and Early Fifties

During your forties, the fine lines and wrinkles that began to develop in your thirties deepen and become more pronounced. This age group can be considered a turning point when many people start to take a proactive interest in injectable procedures to help mitigate aging signs thathave already developed.

More than a million injectable fillers were performed on people between the ages of 40 to 54 in 2019. That’s 50% of all injectable filler procedures. And what about neuromodulator Botox injections? More than 4.3 million Botox or Botox-like injections performed in the same year — 57% of the total.

At this point, you probably want to consider setting up a regular cosmetic treatment routine if you are serious about combating signs of aging. We offer a diverse set of membership programs that you can choose from to help you stay on track and save on treatments in your efforts against aging signs.

Injectable Treatments in Your Late Fifties and Beyond

Unless you have taken substantial precautions against aging starting from a very young age, significant aging signs have likely developed by your late fifties. Luckily, most people can still get great results from both injectable fillers and Botox, which is why 36% of all hyaluronic acid fillers and 23% of all neurotoxin Botox injections are performed on people who are 55 or older.

As techniques become more advanced and people start to take an interest in their appearance at earlier ages, fewer people turn to surgical solutions every year to address signs of aging. According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelifts, forehead lifts andneck lifts have all decreased in popularity over the last two decades, while injectable treatments have been on the rise.

Botox and Fillers in San Francisco Bay Area, Contra Costa and Alameda County

If you would like to get more information about how injectable cosmetic treatments like Botox or fillers can help improve your appearance, text or give California Dermatology Care a call at 925-328-0255 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you get started!