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What are the differences between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

May 15

Botox and dermal fillers are both cosmetic treatments that are injected into the skin, usually by a doctor. They are minimally invasive, meaning they don't require surgery. That's where their similarities end. Botox is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. It temporarily relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles. Dermal fillers are made from substances like hyaluronic acid. They add volume to the skin and can temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Botox and dermal fillers are popular cosmetic procedures, with more than 9 million procedures being carried out in the United States in 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


Botox is a purified form of bacteria that helps to freeze the muscles in your face. By freezing the muscles, Botox can help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles that are caused by facial expressions.


What is Botox?

Botox is a purified form of the botulinum toxin that is derived from bacteria. In large dosages, it is lethal, however the minuscule, regulated amount used to temporarily correct wrinkles has been done so safely for many years.


Botox works by interrupting nerve signals that are sent to the muscles in the areas where it is injected. When the nerve signals are disrupted, the muscles are temporarily paralyzed or frozen. This can help to soften, reduce, or even remove wrinkles in the face.


Neurotoxins, such as botulinum toxin, are sometimes called neuromodulators. Botox is one example of a treatment made with botulinum toxin.


What does Botox do?

Botox is most effective on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement, which are known as dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles, often called “expression lines,” can be treated with Botox injections.


Botox is most commonly used to treat wrinkles on the upper face, such as the “11” between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These types of wrinkles are usually caused by facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, squinting, etc.

dermal fillers and botox differences


Botox side effects

  • headaches
  • drooping of the eyelid or brow if injected near the eye
  • weakness or paralysis of nearby muscles
  • rashes, or itching
  • pain, bleeding, bruising, swelling, numbness, or redness
  • flu-like symptoms
  • nausea
  • trouble swallowing, speaking, or breathing
  • gallbladder problems



What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are designed to be injected below the surface of the skin in order to add extra volume and fullness. This can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as create a more youthful appearance overall.


Fillers can vary in how much time they take to work as well as how long they last. Some fillers may last 6 months while others can last for 2 years or longer.


What are dermal fillers for?

  • plump up thinning lips
  • enhance or fill in shallow areas on the face
  • decrease or remove the shadow or wrinkle under the eyes caused by the lower eyelid
  • fill in or soften the look of recessed scars
  • fill in or soften static wrinkles, especially on the lower face

Key differences between Botox and Dermal Fillers


Botox is an effective way to treat wrinkles and fine lines caused by facial muscle contractions. It works by temporarily freezing the muscles, which results in a smoother, more youthful appearance. Botox is most commonly used on the forehead and around the eyes, but can also be used to treat other areas of the face.



If you're looking for a way to plump up areas that have lost volume and smoothness, then these fillers are perfect for you. Made with hyaluronic acid and similar substances, they can be used to fill in wrinkles around the mouth, thin lips, and cheeks that have lost fullness. They can also be used on forehead wrinkles, scars, and other areas that need extra volume for a smoother look.



Botox works for approximately 3 to 4 months and dermal filler results can differ, depending on the type of filler that is utilized.


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