Botox vs Fillers

Botox vs Fillers

You know you need something to get rid of wrinkles on your forehead and for your deep smile lines. You’ve read so much about non-invasive treatments such as botox and fillers but it is confusing. With all the misinformation on the Internet, it can be overwhelming. Even your friends use the names botox and fillers interchangeably. Which one is the best for your issues? How long do they last? Are they really effective? This post will demystify the botox vs fillers debate and give you all the information you need so you know what to expect.  Botox v Fillers what is the difference?



  • Botox is a neurotoxin which is a natural, purified protein. It temporarily relaxes the culprit of wrinkles: facial muscles that contract. Due to Botox, you can make numerous facial gestures without wrinkles and creases. Botox has other uses as well such as treating excessive sweating and other medical conditions. Because of its safety, many people worldwide use it for their wrinkles and lines. 
  • Dermal fillers are comprised of Hyaluronic Acid. Doctors inject fillers in areas of your face that have sunken. Doctors also utilize fillers to correct wrinkles, lift your face and bring back smoothness and volume to the skin. Unlike Botox, specific fillers can stimulate collagen growth.

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botox vs fillers


  • Botox:  The best candidate for Botox is someone who has wrinkles due to excessive facial expressions. If you look in the mirror and see wrinkles between your eyebrows when you frown, you are most likely a good candidate for Botox. Botox will prevent you from making that facial expression. A doctor uses Botox to prevent wrinkles from becoming worse. Botox is best used for expression lines on the forehead, the area between eyebrows and crow’s feet.
  • Dermal Fillers:  The best candidate for dermal fillers is someone who has deep wrinkles, creases, and lines on the face.  Additionally, if you want to restore volume on your face, a doctor can treat this loss of volume with dermal fillers. Fillers are best used on deep nasolabial folds, jawlines, lips, marionette lines and chin.  Facial fillers are primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. Fillers are mainly an anti-aging procedure because it gives you a more vibrant, refreshed appearance.

Procedure & Results

  • Botox: The procedure for Botox is fairly straightforward as it takes a few minutes depending on where it is administered. The doctor injects Botox at the injection site(s). Although there is no downtime with Botox, slight swelling or bruising may occur due to the needle. You can easily resume your daily activities after a Botox injection. The results of Botox usually appear within a few days and last for approximately 3 months. Every 3 or 4 months is the optimal time for a Botox injection.
  • Filler: The procedure for a filler injection is a bit more involved. Similarly to Botox, a doctor uses a needle as a tool to administer the treatment. A doctor injects a solution (Hyaluronic acid) into the face and “fills” the treatment area(s). This procedure takes longer than Botox, approximately about 30 to 45 minutes. As with Botox, there may be some swelling and/or bruising. However; fillers last a lot longer than Botox. The results of fillers can last as long as 18 months after the treatment.

Botox vs Fillers:  A combo

So what is the best option for wrinkles and deep folds in the face? Usually, a combination of botox and fillers can be used. If a doctor combines Botox and dermal fillers, the relaxation of facial muscles via Botox and the skin plumping effects via dermal fillers are the end result.

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