Botox Vs. Fillers

There is a lot of confusion about the difference between Botox and dermal fillers. Here’s a brief explanation of the difference between these two treatments for the face.

Dermal fillers are exactly that – a means of filling an area so that it has more volume. Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance that attracts and retains moisture. By adding volume strategically to an area that has lines or wrinkles, those lines and wrinkles can be softened or diminished.

Botox is made by purifying a type of protein called botulinum toxin. Botox affects a localized paralysis in muscle tissues. The effect is that lines and wrinkles caused by underlying muscle movement is reduced.

Which One is Right For Me?

Since most of our clients want to achieve as much youthfulness in their appearance while still looking natural, many of them get both. Dermal fillers are made to address “static” lines and wrinkles. These are visible on the face regardless of whether or not you are moving your facial muscles such as making expression (or lack of expression).

Botox is designed to be used primarily for “dynamic” lines and wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that appear or become more pronounced when you move a muscle.

A common example of using both treatments might be the application of Botox for frown lines above the bridge of the nose with an application of dermal filler in the nasolabial folds (the lines above and on either side of the mouth).

Other Ways Botox and Fillers Compliment Each Other

A recent study published in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery gives strong evidence that Botox can compliment fillers by helping fillers last longer. In the study participants received Botox with fillers on one side of the face and filler alone on the other. After 3 months MRI scans showed that the side with Botox had retained 50% more filler than the side without Botox.

All facial fillers have a limited lifespan and require reapplication to maintain the same look. But combining Botox may be an option to make injections last longer depending on the area.