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Botox vs. Dermal fillers: What is the difference?

Botox and dermal fillers are non-surgical, medical treatments given through injections, usually with an aim to treat wrinkles and rejuvenate the patient’s appearance. There are several differences between the two to consider.


Botox contains purified bacteria that freeze muscles. In doing so, Botox can help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions.


Dermal fillers contain ingredients that add fullness to areas that have thinned due to aging.

This thinning is common in the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth.


What is Botox?


Botox may help to correct dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet around the eyes and horizontal lines on the forehead.


Botox injections relax the muscles near these wrinkles. Not allowing the muscles to move reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.


Botox and other treatments made with botulinum toxin are sometimes called neuromodulators or neurotoxins.


What can Botox correct?

Botox only works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. These are known as dynamic wrinkles, and are often called “expression lines.”


The most common dynamic wrinkles that Botox can treat are lines on the upper face, such as the “11” between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines are caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions.

Botox will not work on fine lines and wrinkles caused by sagging or loss of plumpness in the face. These are known as static wrinkles. Static wrinkles include lines in the cheeks, neck, and jowl areas.

Botox is not a permanent treatment. Repeated treatments are necessary for continued wrinkle-reducing effects. Most people find that the muscle-relaxing effect of Botox lasts for 3 to 4 months.



What are dermal fillers?


Dermal fillers also treat wrinkles on the face. They’re primarily used to treat smile lines, though the fillers can also be used to plump up the lips or cheeks. Sometimes, they’re used for hand treatments or to reduce the appearance of scars.


Dermal fillers, sometimes called soft tissue fillers, are substances designed to be injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness.

Some fillers last 6 months, while others last up to 2 years or longer.