botox and dermal fillers

The Difference Between Botox and Fillers

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The fact that Botox and dermal fillers always seem to be clumped together can leave you wondering if there is a difference between both types of treatments.

Both Botox and dermal fillers are popular treatments that reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face. They are administered by injections which is why people tend to confuse them but there are some differences you need to keep in mind.


Botox is essentially a muscle relaxer made out of bacteria. Before it was used to treat wrinkles, Botox was used by neurologists to treat disorders that weaken muscles. It was also used to treat severe migraines.

Dermatologists use Botox injections to treat wrinkles that are most likely to become ‘entrenched’ in to the face over time. These wrinkles appear around the eyes, mouth, forehead and between the eyebrows. With time, these wrinkles become more apparent. Botox helps by softening these muscles so they don’t move with the face and the wrinkles don’t become permanent. Since the muscles don’t move, the wrinkles are no longer apparent.

It should be noted that Botox is not used to treat wrinkles and fine lines that are caused by the breakdown of collagen – it’s solely used for wrinkles caused by muscle movement.

The injections only take a couple of minutes and you should be able to see the difference in a matter of two weeks.

Botox does not require any recovery time at all. You should be able to go about your day with no trouble. The effects of Botox will last 3-4 months depending on how deep the wrinkles are. After 3-4 months the treatment will have to be repeated.

Dermal Fillers

Like Botox, dermal fillers also treat wrinkles but they work differently. Botox works by relaxing facial muscles, dermal fillers work by plumping certain areas such as lips and cheeks. In addition to lightening wrinkles, fillers can also you to fade the appearance of scars. Unlike Botox, dermal fillers can be used to treat wrinkles caused by the breakdown of collagen.

Some types of dermal fillers include:

Radiesse:  Radiesse is a gel solution that is used to plump the skin. Wrinkles and fine lines are reduced significantly after administration. It can stimulate the production collagen in the body. Its affects last about 18 months.

Collagen: Injecting collagen is a temporary solution. It plumps the skin and lasts around 4 months.

The effects of dermal fillers last longer than those of Botox.

Both these solutions have proven to be effective ways to reduce signs of aging but they treat different areas of the face. Ask your dermatologist/skin therapist which anti-aging solution is best for you.

At Reflection Medical Spa, we offer Botox along with a variety of dermal filler treatments. Juvederm is one of our best dermal fillers that diminishes deep facial wrinkles by increasing the skin’s volume.

Want a more youthful face with tighter skin that looks natural?  Give us a call at 513-671-2411 to book an appointment.

December 8, 2017



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