The difference between botox and dermal fillers

    The difference between botox and dermal fillers

  • 1 Filling skin vs affecting the muscles

    Dermal fillers work by filling the empty areas in the skin, thus adding volume to it directly. Botox works by paralyzing or relaxing certain muscles that result in wrinkles. See how dermal fillers work.

  • 2 Wrinkles caused by facial muscles

    Botox is generally used to reduce the wrinkles that showed up because of the movement of certain facial muscles, usually wrinkles that appeared recently, while fillers are used to hide the more permanent wrinkles such as smile lines.

  • 3 Fillers last longer

    The effect of Botox lasts about 4-6 month, while the effect of fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used. Some fillers can last for up to 5 years.

  • 4 Dynamic vs static lines

    Botox treats dynamic facial lines, or lines that show up when facial muscles move, while fillers treat static lines as they replace the lost skin volume.

  • 5 The areas they treat

    Botox is generally used for areas in the upper face such as forehead lines, crows feet and frown lines. Dermal fillers are generally used for lip lines, smile lines and nose to lip lines.

  • 6 Both can be combined

    In some cases, both Botox and dermal fillers can be used together on a certain area to maintain a youthful look. However, in most cases only one of them is used.

  • 7 Fillers have an immediate effect

    The effect of dermal fillers shows right away, but for Botox a few days must be needed in order for the skin to take the new shape. See what Botox does to your face.