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What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a treatment that treats wrinkles caused by animation (muscle contraction)

  • Smooth the wrinkles in your forehead or around the mouth
  • Erase the frown lines between your brows (often referred to as the 11’s)
  • Soften or erase crow’s feet (the wrinkles around your eyes)
  • Reduce the smile lines
  • Improve expression by correcting downward pulling of the corners of the mouth
  • Improve bunny lines (wrinkles at the bridge of your nose)
  • Treat hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration in axilla area, palms of hands and feet)
  • Treat chronic migraines

Dermal fillers (e.g., Juvederm and Restylane) do not affect the muscle movement but replace volume loss or restore facial symmetry by expanding deflated tissue. They can also be used to treat deep wrinkles at rest that Botox can only soften. Fillers can:

  • Create sexy, full, plump lips
  • Enhance and fill out facial features (lips, cheeks, temples, chin, and other areas that lose volume as we age)
  • Reduce deepened or prominent nasolabial folds (the lines that develop from the sides of your nose to your mouth as we age or lose weight)
  • Smooth wrinkles that do not fully respond to BOTOX® treatment (such as deep 11’s or vertical smoker lines on lips)
  • Fill acne and chicken pox scars and smoker’s lines around the mouth 
  • Restore facial symmetry (e.g., straighten the appearance of a mildly asymmetrical nose or lip)
  • Improve the appearance of aging hands by restoring volume

Botox and fillers compliment each other and when administered together, amazing results can be achieved with minimal downtime. However, they do have limitations and cannot achieve surgical results. Therefore, having realistic expectations is paramount and will be discussed at your consultation. Keep in mind that while all aesthetic treatments can improve your look, it does not replace a proper skin care regiment. Your injector should discuss what products you are using at home on a daily basis and may make recommendations to achieve the best possible outcome.