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What Are the Differences between Botox and Dermal Filler?

Looking to improve your appearance but not sure where to begin? Given the number of treatment options out there, it’s easy to get confused. Thankfully, many common complaints can be solved using one or two popular treatments, both of which are non-surgical and involve minimal downtime. These are BOTOX AND DERMAL FILLERS.

Due to the enormous popularity of Botox and Dermal Fillers, it’s likely you’ve already heard or read about them. No longer reserved for just celebrities and Instagrammers, Botox and Dermal Fillers are now accessed by millions of Americans each year. In fact, there’s even been a 41% rise in young women getting Botox since 2011 and dermal fillers were the second most popular cosmetic treatment performed in 2015. But what’s the difference between the two, and which one is right for you?

Botox and dermal fillers are both injectable treatments administered by licensed practitioners that help to prevent or minimize the visual effects of skin aging. While similar in many respects, Botox and Dermal Fillers are used slightly differently.


Injected directly behind the line or wrinkle that needs treating, Botox works to prevent further problems caused by movement. Botox is a form of botulinum toxin and paralyzes specific muscles in the face, giving temporary relief from deepening wrinkles in that area. You might select Botox if you notice the start of crow’s feet or lip lines and want to proactively deal with the problem before it becomes more visible.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, involve the injection of substances beneath the skin surface to add to its volume. For example, while Botox might ‘freeze’ the lines surrounding the mouth, dermal fillers will plump out the lips to give an overall more youthful look. Dermal fillers may also be used on much deeper, longstanding wrinkles to plump out that area of the face and minimize the wrinkle’s visibility.

As with all cosmetic treatments, procedures come with risks and side effects. Luckily, what Dermal Fillers and Botox have in common is that they are both FDA approved treatments. When administered by a licensed practitioner, both procedures are safe and can be performed in conjunction with each other. Side effects for both treatments can include bruising, mild pain and swelling. However, side effects tend to be minimal and you can get both Botox and Dermal Fillers without any downtime. In fact, it’s not unheard of for people to get Botox on their lunch breaks and then return to the office! It really is that simple.

Difference in Results

The desired result of both Botox and Dermal Fillers is a natural, fresh and improved appearance. Please note, however, that Botox results are temporary. You need to keep up with a Botox regime as suggested by your doctor in order to maintain your look. Most of the Botox’s effects last between three to six months.

The results of Dermal Fillers are longer lasting than Botox. The duration of the effects depends on the brand of Dermal Filler, the amount used and the injection area. For instance, when dermal fillers are used to add volume to the cheeks, they can last for several years, which is significantly more than if they are injected into the lips.

Of course, everyone is different and only a licensed practitioner can give you advice on the suitability of either Botox or Dermal Fillers. To discover which method is best for you, book an appointment with a friendly and professional practitioner at Dermcare. Click here to get in touch.

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