Botox vs. Filler

We are often asked about the differences between botox (neurotoxins) and filler. Brook Johnson, RN, BSN, breaks it down for us today! While both are minimally invasive cosmetic treatments used to enhance natural beauty, they work in different ways and are used for different purposes.
Botox and filler treatments are both very popular treatments used to address signs of aging. The name "botox" is simply the brand name of a neurotoxin. Other brand names include Jeuveau, Daxxify, Dysport, and Xeomin. 
The primary use of a neurotoxin is to block the nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract, temporarily paralyzing the muscles they are injected into. This produced effect can smooth out wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. Common treatment areas include: frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines. These effects typically last up to 4 months. 
On the other hand, dermal fillers are injectable gels made from hyaluronic acid that add volume to the face and fill in lines and wrinkles. They can also enhance facial features such as lips, cheeks, smile lines, jawline, under eyes, and other areas that have hollowed with age. Fillers typically last up to 12 or 16 months. lips
The choice between Botox and fillers depends on the specific areas you want to target and the results you are looking to achieve. Botox is best for dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movement, while fillers are better for static wrinkles and adding volume to the face. Botox is recommended for treating wrinkles caused by facial expressions, such as frown lines and crow's feet. Fillers are commonly used to add volume to areas that have lost fullness because of aging or other factors. 
It is most important to consult a qualified and experienced medical professional who can assess your specific concerns, discuss your desired outcomes, and recommend the best approach to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. At Sandhills Oral & Facial Surgery, Brook Johnson, our aesthetic nurse specialist, is dedicated to providing personalized information and guidance to assist you in making the best decisions to meet your aesthetic needs!