Botox and Filler - What's the Difference?

Wrinkles and creases in our skin are caused by two different mechanisms: the repeated contraction of our muscles causing the skin to fold and create a wrinkle, or the volume loss we all notice as we age. Fortunately, there is a solution for both!

Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are a chemical used to inactive the muscle that creates that annoying wrinkle or crease. Popular problem areas include the "crow's feet" or smile lines around the eyes, the "11's" or furrows between the brows, and forehead lines from raising our eyebrows. Botox knocks out these muscles to prevent the wrinkles from repeatedly forming, and with time, they tend to fade.

Fillers, such as Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm®, Belotero®, or Radiesse®, are used to restore the volume loss caused by the depletion of collagen, our skin's scaffolding, overtime. It is a gel placed below the skin to prop it up, making the wrinkle or crease more shallow and well-blended with the surrounding skin. Problem areas include smiles lines around the mouth, marionette lines below the mouth, and under eye hollowing. Fillers can be used in conjunction with Botox® to not only prevent the muscle action, but to fill-in the preexisting crease!

 

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