So What’s the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?

A common misconception of people who are unfamiliar with cosmetic injections is that Botox and injectable fillers are the same thing, when in fact they are very different.

While both can improve the symmetry of a person’s face and help prevent and improve the signs of aging, they actually do quite different things.

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Botox

Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin, a neuromodulator. Dysport is another popular neuromodulator brand. Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport contain a purified form of bacteria that freezes the muscles. By “freezing” the muscles and preventing their movement, certain facial expressions can no longer be made or repeatedly create lines on the face. For instance, think of the two vertical lines people get between their eyes when they furrow their brows. As people age, these lines begin to stay on our face, since we have used them for years, and our skin heals and regenerates much more slowly as we age. Freezing certain facial muscles with Botox or Dysport helps minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles by preventing these muscles from creating or deepening lines. This gives the skin more time to heal and smooth out the lines.

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Dermal fillers can add volume and shape to facial areas

Dermal Fillers

Like neuromodulators, dermal fillers can improve the signs of aging as well as enhance certain facial characteristics. Dermal fillers are packed with ingredients that add fullness to areas of the face to provide contouring or add volume to faces that have thinned due to the aging process. A popular filler for younger people who are not as concerned with aging is lip filler to enhance the shape and size of the lips.

Botox and fillers are minimally invasive. Often patients will even get treatments on their lunch break and head back to work. There are still some risks though, and patients should be aware of all of the risks before choosing treatments. Injections should be performed only by qualified medical providers. It’s wise to discuss the provider’s experience and training in injections before deciding who will perform your treatment.

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