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Dermal Fillers vs. Botox: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to anti-aging treatments, there are plenty out there that promise to minimize wrinkles and restore your facial volume.

But when it comes down to it, there are few as effective as injectables; particularly, Botox and dermal fillers. These two treatments can take years off of your appearance, leaving behind a beautifully plump and line-free complexion.

But what’s the difference between Botox and dermal fillers? And how do you know which one is right for you?

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All About Dermal Fillers

“Dermal filler” is a term used to describe a class of anti-aging injectables that add volume to facial areas where fat loss is most apparent. Most dermal fillers accomplish this goal using hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring compound that hydrates dermal tissue while encouraging collagen and elastin production.

Here’s how dermal fillers work: Once they’re injected into the dermal tissue, the HA gel acts as scaffolding and lifts sagging tissue up to a more youthful position. This “lifting” effect not only creates a plumper and more youthful appearance, but it also fades the appearance of deep lines and facial folds. That’s why dermal fillers are typically recommended for cheek augmentation, as well as the treatment of nasolabial folds, facial fat loss, and more.

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The Buzz About Botox

Botox was one of the first approved anti-aging injectables (it was released in the early 2000s!), and remains a popular choice for people who want to treat forehead lines and wrinkles. Botox can also be used to smooth away the appearance of crinkly crow’s feet, which are those wrinkles that appear at the corners of the eyes.


Botox uses a neurotoxin to block signals between the brain and nerve endings at the injection site. This effect relaxes the treated muscles, which results in skin appearing smoother and much younger. Botox is FDA-approved to treat forehead lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet; it can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).

Which One is Right for You?

The right anti-aging treatment for you depends on a lot of factors; however, this basic guide can help determine whether you should get Botox or dermal fillers:

  • Seek out Botox if you’re bothered by the appearance of forehead lines, frown lines between your eyebrows, or crow’s feet.
  • Ask about dermal fillers if you’ve experienced facial fat loss in your cheeks and underneath your eyes, or if you have noticeable facial folds and lines.


*Individual Results May Vary



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