Botox versus Fillers?

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | June 26, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

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Although both injectables help to tackle the signs of aging on the face, Botox and injectable dermal fillers provide different purposes. Injectable fillers, such as Restylane, Belotero, or Perlane, add volume to the skin to diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines for a more youthful appearance. Most dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a biodegradable gel based substance. Common areas for dermal fillers to be injected include the lips, cheeks, the area between the brows, and the corners of the mouth.


Botox, on the other hand, is a type of injection made from proteins that temporarily paralyzes muscle movement. It is used to relax the muscles that produce fine lines. Botox can be used as a preventative measure by relaxing the muscles so there is less movement, thus preventing wrinkles from appearing.


Dermal fillers show immediate results, while Botox prevents wrinkles from further forming in the long run. Both injectables last between 3 and 6 months, so consistency is required to produce optimal results. Fillers and Botox can be used in conjunction with one another to restore a rejuvinated and youthful look back to the face. Although dermal fillers and Botox can be done in under 20 minutes, it is important to see an experienced plastic surgeon to recieve the best results. To determine which areas of your face can benefit most from dermal fillers or botox, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kassir today.