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The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers  Charlotte

When the fine lines and wrinkles start to show on your face, it is time to think about different ways of restoring your youthful look. Two of the most common cosmetic remedies for wrinkled skin are Botox and dermal fillers. People often use the two treatments interchangeably, but according to the experts, they are different.

So, what is the difference between Botox and a dermal filler? The truth is that the two options treat wrinkles and fine lines and are both delivered through injection, but they ultimately have several differences. This article looks at the main difference between Botox and dermal fillers.


Botox, also referred to as botulinum toxin, belongs to a pool of molecules generated by microorganisms called clostridium botulinum. If injected into the body in high amounts, Botox can turn into a neurotoxin, hindering some nerve types from functioning correctly. As such, it is a “toxin.” However, this specific toxin is typically refined and injected into the body in small amounts to safely block some working nerves. It can be injected into the small eye muscles for squints and into the bladder for hyperactive muscles.

In aesthetics, Botox is usually injected into the small muscles of the face. Specifically, injected into the muscles used for facial expressions, to reduce muscle tension and keep the skin relaxed. As a result, the lines and wrinkles on your face fade away over time. Botox is also perfect for relaxing muscles that make one’s face look saggy. It is also suitable for blocking sweat glands to treat excessive sweating. The Botox injection process takes several minutes, and its results become apparent with two weeks.

Dermal Fillers

These fillers are cosmetic products injected into the skin for purposes of adding volume to the tissues. Dermal fillers come in several types, including hyaluronic acid, collagen-stimulating fillers, and permanent fillers. At times fat transfer can be used as a filler. Generally, dermal fillers are injected into different parts of the skin to replenish lost volume and invigorate the skin.

These fillers are suitable for plumping up thin lips, fill in thin areas of the face, remove shadows and wrinkles under the eye, soften recessed scars and relax static wrinkles around your mouth, cheeks and other parts of your lower face.

In summary, Botox and dermal fillers are two different substances designed to perform other functions. Talk to us today if you are interested in getting any of these injections.

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