botox and filler

What’s the difference between Botox and Filler? This is a very reasonable question since they are both used to treat facial lines and wrinkles, but there is in fact a difference between them.

Botox and its competitor, Dysport, are made from the botulinum neurotoxin, which blocks the action of nerves on muscles. Both Botox and Dysport are used to treat dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles caused by muscle activity. They are the wrinkles you see when you animate your facial muscles, such as the “11” between your eyebrows when you frown or the lines across your forehead when you look up or raise your eyebrows. The smile lines in the corner of your eyes, also known as crow’s feet, are another good example of dynamic wrinkles.

Fillers on the other hand, are used to increase the volume of tissue underneath lines and folds. Usually administered to the lower half of the face, fillers are commonly used on the creases that run from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds). They can also be used to enhance cheekbones, lips and the area under the eyes. Fillers are used to treat lines that develop in tissues that are normally at rest, versus those treated by the neuromodulators as a result of overuse.

Not sure which one is right for you? Call and make a consultation appointment! It’s important to talk through your options to determine which treatment is best for you.