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    What is the Difference Between Botox and Filler? (& How Can They Be Used Together)

    Posted on November 24, 2023
    by Beacon Derm

    Getting the right info is key for smart choices and the best results with cosmetic treatments like neuromodulators and fillers. Understanding the nuances between these procedures is a must.

    For example, what are the differences in cost and duration of treatment between Botox and fillers? And what kind of specific results do they really provide?

    Beacon Dermatology is an esteemed clinic based in Calgary that offers cosmetic injectable treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restore facial volume, and perform non-surgical enhancements. You can check out our Before and After Photo Gallery for Injectables.

    This blog post will discuss the common question, “What’s the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?”


    What is the Difference Between Botox and Filler?

    Differences between neuromodulators and fillers

    There are many differences between Botox and fillers. To simplify, let’s categorize the distinctions between them:

    1. Application Areas
    1. Mechanism of Action
    1. Duration of Results
    1. Cost of Treatment
    1. Side Effects

    1. Application Areas

    While both treatments may overlap in application areas, their typical uses differ.

    Botox is commonly applied to specific facial zones like the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows, and the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet). It can also be used on the masseter muscle to manage jaw pain and teeth grinding.

    Fillers, on the other hand, extend into softer facial tissues such as the lips, neck, and décolletage.


    2. Mechanism of Action

    The primary difference in the mechanisms of Botox and fillers lies in their respective targets.

    Botox, a neurotoxin, temporarily and safely immobilizes nerve signals that prompt muscle contractions, resulting in muscle relaxation.

    In contrast, dermal fillers are designed to add volume under the skin’s surface by filling in spaces, providing support and plumping the skin.


    3. Duration of Results

    The duration varies among individuals, influenced by factors such as adherence to post-treatment instructions, baseline skin needs, and the specific treated area. Generally, Botox results last about 2 - 5 months, while fillers can last anywhere from 12 – 18 months.


    4. Cost of Treatment

    Botox is usually priced per unit, with the required units varying based on the treatment area and individual goals.

    Dermal fillers are typically priced per syringe, and the quantity needed is determined by the desired extent of enhancement and the specific type of filler.


    5. Side Effects

    Common side effects, including redness, mild swelling, and pain, are temporary and subside quickly for Botox and fillers. However, differences arise from their individual mechanisms.

    Botox, affecting muscle activity, carries the rare and temporary risk of adverse effects like muscle weakness or drooping.

    Fillers, being injected substances, may lead to unwanted effects due to the introduction of a foreign substance, especially with known allergens.

    Prompt reporting of any side effects to your treatment provider is crucial.

    This is why, at Beacon Dermatology, we ensure your injectables are administered by qualified, board-certified injectors.


    Can Botox and Fillers Be Combined?

    Absolutely! Combining Botox with dermal fillers is a powerful pair.

    Fillers focus on adding volume, while Botox is exceptional at relaxing facial muscles. This combination leads to impressive results. For instance, Botox tackles dynamic wrinkles from repetitive muscle movements, like crow’s feet and frown lines. Meanwhile, fillers target static wrinkles like laugh lines and marionette lines.

    Moreover, fewer sessions are needed, translating to less time at the clinic, allowing you to resume your regular life without extended breaks.

    You’ll naturally feel refreshed as this duo provides a more cohesive and balanced appearance.


    Get Our Complimentary Consultation at Beacon Dermatology

    While different, Botox and fillers can be combined for one goal: your facial rejuvenation.

    At Beacon Dermatology, our philosophy is innovative procedures with natural-looking results. Botox and dermal filler injections are traditionally thought to be used to smooth away facial wrinkles and restore volume to the aging face.

    However, some creative ways exist to use Botox and fillers to achieve complete rejuvenation. We call this the “Liquid Lift”.

    Whether you’re ready to get started with either Botox or fillers (or even as a treatment combo) or if you need more clarification, you can take advantage of our complimentary consultation offer.

    Reach out today, and let’s explore your options toward an even more confident version of yourself. We look forward to speaking with you.

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