Fillers? Botox? What’s the Difference?

Botox and dermal fillers were hyped as the next great thing a few years ago, and they’ve certainly proven that they were worth the excitement. They’re some of the most popular treatments, accounting for more than 9 million procedures in the U.S. in 2016. They’re both minimally invasive treatments that can have a huge impact on your appearance. But that is where their similarities end.

Botox is a natural and purified protein used to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. It works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles for lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat migraines and other medical conditions.

Dermal fillers are designed to add volume and fullness to the skin. They can be used to treat various signs of aging, such as plumping thinning lips, filling in shallow areas on the face, decrease the shadow or wrinkle under the eyes, and more. Fillers lift and smooth out the folds and wrinkles in targeted areas by adding a subtle amount of volume. There are many different types of fillers that can be used to treat different parts of the face.

Since Botox and fillers treat slightly different problems and are usually used in different areas of the face, it’s best to discuss your goals and options with a board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Poulter holds the Master Injector designation from Allergan and has over 30 years of filler experience. Schedule a consultation to discuss what’s best for you!