Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: What’s the Big Difference?

Botox vs. Dermal Fillers

What Are The Similarities Between Botox Injections And Dermal Fillers?

Everyone wants to protect their natural beauty by treating unwelcome signs of aging, like wrinkles, loss of volume, and texture. There are several nonsurgical treatments that can help you obtain a more youthful look. Two popular non-invasive treatment options are dermal filler injections and Botox. Botox and dermal fillers have revolutionized the cosmetic industry for various reasons. Although Botox and liquid fillers have different functions, they have several things in common:

  • Both treatments are minimally invasive with nearly no downtime.

  • Both treatments are an alternative to surgeries, so a facelift may be delayed.

  • With both treatments, a natural result may be achieved with a visit to an experienced doctor.

  • Both treatments usually require multiple procedures to receive optimal results.

  • Both Botox injections and dermal fillers are commonly used together to rejuvenate the face. There are several important differences to keep in mind. 

What Are the Differences Between Botox Injections And Dermal Fillers?

  • Chemical composition: Botox is a widely known injection brand that contains low amounts of botulinum toxins. Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that can be found in your body, such as in your eye fluids, and as a substance that lubricates joints and tissues.

  • Different processes: Botox works by freezing or paralyzing the muscles in your face to prevent wrinkles. Botox is meant for wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement known as expression lines. Injectable fillers are meant to volumize or plump up the injected area. Liquid fillers are used for deep-set lines already in place. In this way, Botox can serve as a preventive procedure while liquid fillers commonly serve as a corrective procedure. 

  • Different parts of the face. Botox is usually used in the upper part of the face including the areas between eyebrows, forehead lines, top of the nose, eyebrows, hooded eyes, wrinkles around the eyes, and under the eyes. On the other hand, dermal fillers are used mostly on the lower part of your face, such as the lips, around the mouth, and cheeks. 

  • Durability. The results of each treatment vary and can last for different periods of time. Botox’s benefits remain for a smaller period of time than injectable fillers. Depending on the type of Botox, most treatments are effective for 3 to 4 months while injectable fillers may last up to 24 months. Although Botox and liquid fillers have affordable options, the price range for both products also varies depending on the brand.

  • Visible results.  Botox’s optimal results are fully seen until 2 weeks after the procedure day while injectable filler results are seen almost immediately. 

Which Injectable Treatment Is Right For You? 

There are endless injectable options for you to choose from. This can make the process of choosing the correct products confusing. Drs. Kleiman and Wachal at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, MD run the experienced Severn River MediSpa and Laser Center and offer a variety of injectables and the latest in modern non-surgical skin treatments to treat unwanted signs of aging. For fillers, this group of specialists uses the Juvederm Collection brand and for Botox, they use the Botox brand and Jeuveau. These products are top quality and create amazing results for the patient. 

These cosmetic treatments have minimal to no risk but some patients may not be good candidates for either treatment due to certain health conditions. Severn River Medispa and Laser Center offer micro-needling, facials, and laser skin resurfacing services so you can pamper yourself and feel rejuvenated. If you want to improve your appearance these treatments may be right for you. To determine which treatment or procedure is best for you, schedule an appointment with our team by calling 410-573-9191.

Lee A. Kleiman

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.