Dermal Fillers vs BOTOX®: Breaking Down the Differences (Infographic)

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Many people are aware of the anti-aging abilities of BOTOX and dermal fillers. However, while both BOTOX and fillers are powerful tools for restoring a youthful appearance in the face, they accomplish this rejuventation in very different ways.

Curious about dermal fillers vs BOTOX and what each can do for you? Discover the important differences between these injectable treatments below!

How do they work?

Neuromodulators (such as BOTOX, Dysport®, Jeuveau®, and XEOMIN®) work by relaxing the specific muscles that repeatedly contract to cause wrinkles. Relaxing these muscles prevents the resulting wrinkles from etching more deeply into the skin. Learn more about this process in our related blog post.

Dermal fillers (such as JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and RADIESSE®) work by adding volume under the skin, effectively “filling in” depressions, adding youthful-looking contours, and smoothing out the skin. Many fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally hydrating substance found in the body that plumps up the skin and dissolves naturally over time.

What do they treat?

Neuromodulators address dynamic wrinkles, often found in the upper face. This includes glabellar lines between the eyebrows, horizontal frown lines, and crow’s feet along the outer corners of the eyes. However, they are also popularly used in other areas of the face to treat overdeveloped muscles and expression lines.

Fillers, meanwhile, address wrinkles caused by lost volume, especially in the mid and lower face. They can treat other issues related to insufficient volume as well, such as thin lips, fallen cheeks, and even aging hands.

A Quick Guide to Dermal Fillers vs BOTOX

What is the treatment experience like?

The treatment experience for neuromodulators and dermal fillers is very similar. Both treatments are nonsurgical and brief, often regarded as “lunch break” procedures because they require so little downtime.

Your appointment will start with a consultation, where you’ll discuss your aesthetic goals to help your provider determine the best product and approach for you. They will then administer a short series of injections that typically lasts less than 30 minutes.

With neuromodulators, you may return to work and other daily activities right away. With dermal fillers, you may experience some redness, swelling, or bruising around your injection sites for up to a week.

When will I see results?

With dermal fillers, you will start to see results immediately. These results may last for as long as 6 months to 2 years before the product naturally dissolves.

Neuromodulators take a bit longer to work. Depending on the product, you may notice results after 2 to 14 days. These results usually last between 3 and 6 months.

To see examples of the BOTOX results you can expect at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you live near the Dothan, AL, Destin, FL, or Valdosta, GA, areas and would like to learn more about BOTOX at our Tallahassee, FL plastic surgery practice, please contact us online or call (850) 219-2000.

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