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What’s the Difference Between Fillers and Botox?

Botox and dermal fillers are two of the most popular cosmetic injectable procedures on the market. These procedures create beautiful results and are both generally injected with a needle, so people use the terms interchangeably, but they are actually two different procedures. To understand the difference between fillers and botox, we need to begin by understanding the details behind each procedure.

Botox is derived from botulinum toxin type A, which occurs naturally in Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It has been used medically since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 as an effective treatment for excessive underarm sweating (excessive axillary hyperhidrosis). Botox is used cosmetically to reduce wrinkles around the forehead, eyes and neck area by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscle contraction.

Dermal fillers are substances injected directly below the surface of your skin to restore volume lost to aging or injury without affecting facial muscles or nerves. Dermal fillers can be used around the mouth and lips to improve lip lines or unevenness caused by aging, facial expressions such as frowning or smiling; around eyes to reduce signs of aging such as crow’s feet.

What is Botox? 

What is Botox?

Botox is a neurotoxic created from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Neurotoxins target the nervous system to prevent muscle contraction by disrupting nerve signaling processes. In large doses, it can be toxic, but it has been approved by the FDA to each a wide variety of cosmetic and medical concerns.

When people talk about Botox they are generally referring its wrinkle-reducing effects. Botox is injected into the skin to prevent the muscle from moving and causing wrinkles. The result is softened or completely removed wrinkles with results that can last for several months.

Botox can be used to treat the eyes, forehead, and even around the mouth. 

What are Fillers? 

Botox prevents muscles from moving, but fillers are used to add volume to the tissue. The most commonly used fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid, a substance that appears naturally in the skin, to add volume to the skin. By adding volume, you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds, plump the lips, and give a more youthful appearance. 

What are Fillers?

Some of the most popular fillers brands include Juvederm and Restylane – both of which are made with Hyaluronic Acid. These fillers can be injected into the cheeks, lips, around the eyes, and more. Traditional fillers are injected with a needle, but products like the Hyaluron Pen have led to an increase in needle-free options to flood the market. 

Are Fillers Better Than Botox? 

There are two main types of injectable fillers and botox: fillers and neurotoxins. Each type has a different function and effect on your skin, so it’s best to consult with your skincare professional to find out what’s best solution based on your desired results.

Fillers are designed to add volume to areas of your face that have lost volume due to aging or weight loss. They can also be used to smooth lines and wrinkles around the mouth, nose, eyes, and forehead. Fillers are relatively simple procedures that take just minutes but can last up to 6 months depending on the type used.

Botox is most commonly known as a treatment for wrinkles, but it can also be used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) or facial spasms by relaxing muscles in the face. Botox injections are typically done in multiple small doses over several weeks or months in order to achieve optimal results.

Fillers and Botox complement each other. Some customers use fillers to plump up their lips, fill in some fine lines around the mouth, or to give themselves a facial “lift” of sorts. The dermal fillers can last on average 8-12 months and they are very safe with minimal side effects. They do not affect facial muscles or nerves so your expression is not affected. Fillers are different from Botox because they use dermal fillers injected with a needle, for temporary improvements that only last for about 1 year at most. Fillers are usually used to treat medical issues such as deep forehead wrinkles, marionette lines (little vertical lines from the corner of your mouth), or lip enhancement.

Ultimately, it is important for patients to have the right information prior to any cosmetic procedure. We hope that this post was helpful in providing the details of both Botox and dermal fillers.

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