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Dear LovelySkin: What is the difference between BOTOX and fillers?

Dear LovelySkin: What is the difference between BOTOX and fillers?

Dear LovelySkin, 

What is the difference between BOTOX® and fillers? 


If you’ve at all thought about undergoing an in-office procedure to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, you know that there are a lot of options out there. Having a basic knowledge of your choices before you visit your dermatologist can help you understand what questions to ask and what to expect. Knowing the difference between two common procedures, BOTOX® injections and hyaluronic acid fillers, can help you and your doctor determine which is right for you. 

Both of these procedures are injection treatments that smooth wrinkles and fine lines. There are differences, however, in how these two treatments work. BOTOX® injections work by targeting the muscles that control facial expressions. The continuous use of these muscles over time causes a wrinkle to form. BOTOX® relaxes the muscles so they do not contract and wrinkle the skin. 

The results of BOTOX® usually last about three months. BOTOX® injections are generally used to treat deep-set wrinkles that are the result of facial expressions such as brow furrows and forehead wrinkles. 

Hyaluronic acid fillers also create a smoother, more youthful complexion. These fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in skin that binds moisture to the cells. Injecting these fillers into the outer layers of the skin’s surface plumps and firms the complexion to smooth the appearance of fine lines. These fillers can be used around the eyes, mouth, cheeks and nose to create a more youthful look. 

There are several different types of hyaluronic acid fillers. Your doctor can help you determine which type is right for you and results generally last a few months. There is no downtime following this treatment and you can get back to your schedule immediately. 

Do you have more questions about these procedures? Let us know in the comments. 

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Commented By
- June 18, 2014

Is there really such a thing as at home fillers?


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