Difference Between BOTOX® and Fillers: What Are Your Best Options?

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Dermal fillers and BOTOX are injectable treatments that can give you smoother skin and a fresher, younger look. Although the two treatments may seem similar, they work to achieve different facial rejuvenation goals. You can pick one treatment or both, but first, it helps to understand their differences.

What Is BOTOX Used For?

BOTOX and Dysport® are FDA-approved neuromodulators that temporarily block the muscles responsible for facial lines, also called “expression lines.” These facial lines occur due to repeated facial movements such as smiling, frowning, or squinting. Relaxing those muscles improves existing lines and wrinkles and temporarily stops new ones from forming.

BOTOX is typically used to improve crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes, lines between the eyebrows, and horizontal forehead lines.

What Are Dermal Fillers Used For?

Dermal fillers are injectables that restore volume rather than relax muscle function. People experience volume loss in certain areas due to genetics, aging, and environmental factors. Fillers can enhance the lips and improve deep facial lines, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Dermal fillers can also add volume to flat cheeks and the back of the hands and fill in hollowed areas under the eyes.

Should I Choose BOTOX, Dermal Fillers, or Both?

When choosing an injectable treatment, consider if your main goal is restoring volume loss or softening dynamic facial lines. Most people experience both these facial concerns and combine the two treatments. Your provider can advise if you are a good candidate to combine BOTOX and dermal fillers.

Can You Get BOTOX and Filler at the Same Time?

Combining BOTOX and fillers in one procedure is typically safe and effective. After the treatment, you may experience some swelling and tenderness, but these symptoms should subside fairly quickly. In some cases, your provider may recommend having BOTOX first and following up with dermal fillers a few weeks later based on the outcome.

An experienced and skilled injector can advise you on combining your injectable treatments so you can enjoy safe and long-lasting results.

Advantages of Combining BOTOX and Fillers

Combining these treatments can save you time as you will only have one treatment and a single recovery period. Because fillers and BOTOX treat different types of wrinkles and facial creases, combining them gives you comprehensive rejuvenation. In fact, the two are such a popular pairing for facial revitalization that a combination treatment is often called a liquid facelift.

Additionally, combining BOTOX and fillers may help your results last longer. That’s because fillers break down faster when facial movement is frequent, and BOTOX decreases facial activity.

Every person is unique, and results may vary somewhat from person to person. Your experienced injector will create a customized plan to address your specific needs. You can see some of our patients’ excellent results in their before and after photos.

To see if BOTOX and fillers are right for you, request a consultation using our online form or call us at (530) 342-8295 to schedule an appointment.

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