The Difference between Botox and Fillers

Most people are familiar with the term Botox and that it is a popular option for temporarily correcting unwanted wrinkles. However, there are also many people who mistakenly categorize Botox and fillers as one and the same. Here, we will distinguish between the two, and explain what results to expect from each.

Botox

This injectable is made up of the botulinum neurotoxin, which halts the contraction of muscles that can result in dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those which are caused by muscle movement. Botox is used to treat frown lines, lines on the forehead and between the brows, crow’s feet, and thick bands on the neck. Results commonly last around three months, and there is no downtime associated with Botox injections.

Fillers

Fillers are used to temporarily treat static wrinkles and to add volume. Static wrinkles are those that are visible even at rest. An example of static wrinkles are nasolabial folds, or lines that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Fillers add volume under the skin, smoothing these static lines. As we age, our face can also lose volume, resulting in a tired and aged look. Fillers can correct this issue. Fillers can also add plumpness to the lips. Dr. Capek offers a selection of fillers, including Bellafill, Bolotero, Juvederm Voluma, Juvederm XC, Radiesse, Restylane, and Sculptra. Results can last from six months to more than one year, depending on the filler used.

Both Botox and fillers are temporary, and need to be repeated in order to maintain results for a long period of time.

If you are interested in either Botox injections of fillers, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Capek. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have.