What is the difference between Botox® and dermal fillers?

What is the difference between Botox® and dermal fillers? With all the advances in cosmetics, how do you know which product will give you the benefit you are desiring? The mechanism of action for botulinum toxin (Botox®/Dysport®) works differently than that of a dermal filler. Botulinum toxins are injected into the muscles of your face to relax and create a smoother appearance. We are not trying to “paralyze” these muscles nor are we trying to inject into the wrinkle to achieve the desired results. We want to have a naturally looking appearance that people say we look great but may not be able to tell exactly what we have changed. 

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are composed of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occurring already in our body. As we age, we lose volume and hydration to our skin. The result is often a dull, tired, wrinkled/sagging appearance. Dermal filler mechanism of action is to provide lift and provide volume to our aging appearance.

Another difference between botulinum toxin and dermal fillers is the length of time these treatments may last. Botulinum toxins typically will last 3-4 months, whereas dermal fillers can last 6-18 months, depending on the area treated. 

Book a consultation or contact our nurse practitioners to further discuss treatment options.