So, you’ve decided that you want to reduce your wrinkles, but have now encountered a dilemma. Which treatment should you choose? The most common types of treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, comes down to two types: fillers and relaxers. They are both used for wrinkle reduction; however, they achieve it in different ways. One aims to fix the problem by filling and the other by relaxing the muscles that cause them. But which one is right for you?

At Re:nu 180 Medspa in Southington, CT, we’ve broken down the different ways that the treatments work to combat those pesky wrinkles, and which ones might be best suited for you.

What is the difference between Facial Fillers & Relaxers?

When it comes to facial fillers and relaxers, many people may be confused on the differences between them. Dermal fillers can increase volume, lift the skin and alter the shape/symmetry of the face; wrinkle relaxers cannot do this. Wrinkle relaxers temporarily relax the targeted muscles that cause the specific movements, that contribute to wrinkle and line formation.

What are dermal fillers?

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Dermal fillers are injectables that are comprised from a synthetic hyaluronic acid. This is a chemical compound that is found within the body and works as a natural filler. However, over time, the hyaluronic acid begins to break down which can lead to sagging or wrinkles. This is where dermal fillers come in, because they replace the diminishing acid compound. They increase the volume in these areas which can alter the shape/symmetry of the face. They can be used in the lips, cheeks, hands, etc.

But not every dermal filler is the same and there are various ones to suit your individual needs. These are:

  • Juvederm Ultra
  • Juvederm Voluma
  • Juvederm Volbella
  • Restylane
  • Restylane Lyft
  • Restylane Silk

What are relaxers?

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Relaxers are different from dermal fillers, in that they do not fill. Instead, they inhibit the repetitive motions of the muscles that cause wrinkles to form. Wrinkle relaxers primarily work to stop the contraction of muscles that create dynamic lines. Once the relaxers take effect they soften existing wrinkles, giving the face a smooth appearance.

The most common facial relaxers are made with botulinum toxin, a toxin that inhibits muscle movement. The most notable wrinkle/facial relaxer is: BOTOX Cosmetic, a neuromodulator that is made from botulinum toxin type A. It is commonly used to treat the forehead lines which are caused by raising or lowering the eyebrows, the “frown” lines between the eyebrows, and the “crow’s feet” on the sides of the eyes. In addition to this injectable, there is another botulinum toxin treatment:

  • Dysport

Botox and Dysport both work the same: to stop repetitive movements which results in a smoother, more rested and relaxed appearance.

Which treatment should you choose?

When it comes to choosing which one would be right for you, there are a variety of variables to consider. If you are dealing with areas that have begun to lose volume and sag, a dermal filler would work for you. If you are dealing with wrinkles that have appeared in areas that have constant muscle movement, then a relaxer would be the right treatment. However, it is best to make an appointment with our Medical Director, who will go over the best treatment options for you.

Schedule a consultation

Our staff here at Re:nu 180 Medspa would be happy to assist you in your aesthetic journey. Under the meticulous care of our Medical Director, Christina Baden, APRN, we will make sure that your needs are met. Simply schedule a complimentary consultation with us today. We are conveniently located in Southington, CT. So, don’t wait another second! The journey to a new you starts today!