What's the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?

Nov 10, 2023
What's the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?
Injectables offer tremendous rejuvenating benefits for aging skin, but how do you know which type will benefit you? Read on to learn the difference between Botox and fillers to decide better what you need to achieve your aesthetic goals.  

Dermal fillers and Botox® injections are among the most popular noninvasive cosmetic procedures in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 4.4 million people have Botox yearly, and 3.4 million use soft tissue fillers.

While both injectable treatments aim to reduce the signs of aging, they work differently and target specific concerns. At North Pacific Dermatology & Aesthetics, dermatologist Kelly Kinsley, MD, and the team of expert technicians understand the importance of choosing the proper treatment for your unique needs. 

Here are the key differences between Botox and dermal fillers to help you make an informed decision.

Botox stops dynamic wrinkles

Botox is a purified form of neurotoxin that's been used for cosmetic purposes for many years. It's injected into specific muscles to relax them temporarily. Botox targets muscle contractions that cause wrinkles, such as frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines. By relaxing these muscles, it smooths out existing wrinkles and prevents the formation of new ones.

Botox is primarily used to treat dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions. Common treatment areas include the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. Sometimes, Botox treats cobblestone chin, lip lines, and vertical neck cords.

Botox provides a subtle and natural-looking result with smoother, wrinkle-free skin. Results typically last three to six months. Botox injections require no downtime; most people can immediately return to their daily activities.

Dermal fillers restore volume

Dermal fillers are injectable substances that add volume and plumpness to the skin. They work differently from Botox. Depending on the type used, dermal fillers contain various substances like hyaluronic acid, collagen, or poly-L-lactic acid. They add volume, fill in wrinkles, and enhance facial contours when injected.

Fillers are versatile and can address various concerns, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lip enhancement, and cheek augmentation. Dermal fillers offer immediate results. You notice increased facial volume and a smoother, more youthful appearance immediately after the injections. Results can last from six months to two years, depending on the type of filler used.

Some temporary swelling, bruising, or redness may occur, but these side effects generally subside within a few days. Like Botox, treatment with dermal fillers requires no downtime.

Choosing the treatment that’s right for you

The choice between Botox and dermal fillers depends on your specific concerns and goals. Botox may be the right choice if you primarily want to smooth out wrinkles caused by muscle movements like smiling and squinting. If you want to restore lost volume, plump up your lips, or enhance your cheekbones, dermal fillers may be a better choice.

And remember, it doesn't have to be an "either/or" decision. Dr. Kinsley and our team can combine treatments to get you comprehensive results. Combining both treatments can provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation, addressing wrinkles and volume loss.

At North Pacific Dermatology and Aesthetics, we consider your unique facial anatomy, skin type, and aesthetic goals to create a personalized treatment plan.

If you're looking for effective anti-aging treatments that smooth your complexion and help you look younger and more relaxed, contact the Arcata or Crescent City, California, office today. Call North Pacific Dermatology & Aesthetics now or use this website to schedule your appointment. We'll help you decide whether Botox or dermal fillers (or a combination) is right for your goals.