The Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Botox

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Morrell, MD
Dr. Morrell stands over a patient performing a cosmetic procedure while explaining the difference between dermal fillers and botox

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What is the difference between Botox and Fillers?

You’re not alone in being confused or curious about the difference between dermal fillers and Botox. Simply put, both treatments are soft injectables. They help restore signs of aging, soften wrinkles and smoothen skin. Both injectables are safe methods to use and incorporate in to your general skin care routine. But, how do you decide between them? One of the most common questions asked among our patients is about the subtle and more obvious difference between Botox and dermal fillers. Read on to learn about the general science, purpose, benefits and longevity of both of these highly effective cosmetic treatments.

The Basics of Botox

First off, Botox is a purified protein that works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses to targeted muscles. When injected, it weakens the muscle so that it can’t contract, thereby relaxing and softening your wrinkles. Used in medical aesthetics clinics, Botox is as a versatile injectable treatment used to smooth wrinkles and slow down the signs of aging. And Botox treatments are quite efficient! Your appointment will typically take only about 15 minutes out of your day. Commonly, treatment areas include Brow lift, Crow’s feet, Laugh lines, Smoker lines, Forehead Lines, Gummy Smile, and Frown Lines, among others. The longevity of your injectables will vary, but most Botox treatments typically last from 3 to 4 months

Understanding Dermal Fillers

Essentially, Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based, soft injectable gels used to replenish and refresh your appearance. Where does the substance come from? Well, Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in your body, which combines with the water in your skin. It instantly restores lost volume and reduces fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a more youthful complexion. Medical aesthetic professionals will choose fillers as the ideal solution for an impressive number of cosmetic concerns. Commonly, treatment areas include Lip Fillers, Nose Fillers, Nasolabial lines, Under eye, Chin, Jaw, Cheeks, Marionette Lines, and Temple, among others. Typically, the procedure lasts up to 18 months depending on the type of filler applied to the patient

Splitting the difference 

Overall, Botox and Dermal Fillers are both effective cosmetic solutions depending on your needs. But, if you are not sure which one is right for you, that is okay too! You do not have to decide on your own, you can book a consultation with our expert team to help you decide which treatment is the best choice for you.