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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOTOX AND FILLERS?  

Aesthetics / October 12, 2020

Both Botox and Fillers are injectable treatments that help to rejuvenate the face.  They are both safe and effective and they are both very popular.  That is where the similarities end.  They accomplish entirely different things and are used for very different purposes.

BOTOX BASICS

Botox is a neurotoxin that renders muscles unresponsive to the neurotransmitters that are trying to tell the muscle to contract.  This is why we call them neuromodulators.  Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau are very powerful neurotoxins and very little is needed for cosmetic purposes.  It’s helpful to understand that the face is the only area of the body where muscles insert into skin.  When the facial muscle contracts, the overlying skin wrinkles.  When injected into muscles of facial expression, they weaken the muscles that cause wrinkles. By weakening the muscle, the wrinkle is no longer being reinforced and, over time, as the muscle remains weak, the wrinkle becomes more and more shallow until it, hopefully, disappears.  

FILLER FUNDAMENTALS

Fillers, on the other hand, fill.  (Did I really say that?!!) There are many different fillers and what they all have in common is that they add volume wherever they are injected.  That makes them excellent for reversing the soft tissue loss that occurs as we age. Some fillers are great for adding projection.  Some help with smoothing larger areas and some are very specific for fine wrinkles or lip augmentation.  All are biocompatible and they do not require sensitivity or allergy testing as used to be case when Collagen was the only filler available.  

SO WHAT NEEDS WHAT???
BOTOX TREATS:
  • Wrinkles associated with facial expression 
  • Scowl lines between the brows
  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Crows feet at the corners of the eyes
  • Upper and lower lip wrinkles
  • Neck bands
  • Vertical bands of muscle that extend from the chin to the base of the neck

 

FILLER TREATS:
  • Restoring volume
  • Cheeks
  • Filling in wrinkles
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Lip lines
  • Chin crease
  • Downturned corners of the mouth
  • Adding volume to facial structure
  • Cheekbones
  • Chin
  • Jawline
  • Enhancing the lips
  • Redefining the lip margins
  • Smoothing the lips
  • Plumping the lips

 

Not sure what’s best for you?  Let us help you decide.