So, you found out that BOTOX treatment can help with certain types of chronic pain. Then you went down the Google rabbit hole researching all things BOTOX and found another treatment that is often touted as similar: fillers.
As it ends up, these two treatments aren’t that similar at all. Here’s what you need to know about BOTOX vs. fillers.
Both BOTOX and Filler Can Reverse Signs of Aging
BOTOX and dermal fillers can both be used to soften lines and wrinkles on the face. However, they work in completely different ways.
As you know by now, BOTOX works by temporarily paralyzing muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet and forehead creases.
Dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid on certain plump areas of the face that have lost volume due to aging or weight loss. Common filler treatments include laugh lines, cheeks, lips, and under-eye hollows.
Beyond This, They Are Very Different
What is the difference between BOTOX and fillers? A lot, especially in the world of pain management. BOTOX is a neuromodulator. It cannot be used to add volume to the face. Fillers can.
Fillers last for about six months; BOTOX lasts for three months on average (though some studies indicate it may last longer).
BOTOX cannot be altered once injected; you have to wait for it to wear off. Fillers can be dissolved.
However, the biggest difference is that BOTOX can be used to treat chronic pain conditions like migraines, tension headaches, and TMJ disorders. Fillers cannot.
Using BOTOX to Treat Chronic Pain
If you are experiencing frequent pain due to headaches, migraines, or TMJ disorder, BOTOX can help.
BOTOX blocks the nerves that send pain signals from the muscles of your face and jaw to your brain. In doing so, it reduces tension in these areas and helps alleviate chronic pain symptoms like headache frequency, intensity, and duration; migraine severity; facial tenderness; tooth sensitivity; joint popping/clicking/locking when chewing or talking, and more.
Get the Diagnosis and Treatment You Need
At the Pain and Spine Institute, we are medical BOTOX experts. Whether you are dealing with migraines, temporomandibular joint disorders, or other types of pain, there is a strong chance that BOTOX can help you find relief and live a better life. Contact us about BOTOX injections in Chicago today.
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