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Botox vs dermal fillers: Which should I choose?

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Posted April 19, 2016 in News

Botox vs dermal fillersWe often get asked about botox vs dermal fillers and what the difference is. They definitely are different treatments but they work to compliment each other.

Lets talk about the key differences and how they work together to provide a natural looking facelift without surgery.


Think of botox as treatment for the upper face. Because botox temporarily freezes the muscle it doesnt work well around the mouth area where you still need movement to look natural.

Therefore, botox is most suited to frown lines on the forehead, fine lines and wrinkles between the eyes, and crows feet around the eyes.


Think of fillers as mostly suited to the lower parts of the face. Fillers dont freeze any muscles but as their name suggests, they fill lines and spaces, plumping them up.

For example, the lines that run from your nose to your mouth (nasolabial folds) can be slightly filled so they have a smoother appearance.

Other common areas that get filled are the lips, the lines running from the sides of the mouth down to the chin (marionette lines), cheeks, or any sunken or wrinkled areas of the face.

To put it simply, botox freeze the muscles of an area causing the skin to smooth out. Dermal fillers fill an area to smooth the appearance. Botox is mostly used for the upper face. Dermal fillers are mostly used for the lower parts of the face but can also be used in other areas if necessary.

Botox vs Dermal Fillers

Whether you choose botox or dermal fillers depends on what you are trying to achieve. Often people will use a combination of the two to get an overall natural look.

For example, celebrities often use both botox and dermal fillers as an alternative to facelifts. With a good balance of both botox and fillers you can sustain a natural look facelift without surgery, which is why celebrities use the combo – that way they don’t have to take time off work to allow time for recovery.

Botox and Fillers are Used By Millions

Both botox and fillers are the most common types of non invasive plastic surgery.

A recent statistical report showed that in the US alone in 2015, there were:

  1. 4,267,038 Botox injections.
  2. 2,148,326 procedures for Hyaluronic acid – the name of the most commonly used dermal filler.

According to the report, nonsurgical procedures such as Botox injections amounted to more than $5 billion for the first time ever.

And thats only in the US!

Botox is approved in more than 78 countries and is being used worldwide so you can only imagine.

Botox and Dermal Fillers are Complementary

The key with using botox or dermal fillers to achieve a natural look is to balance out the upper and lower face – they are complementary treatments to each other.

If you get too much botox in the upper face without attending to the lower segments of your face, you could end up looking more aged in the lower face. Therefore you may not get such a natural look.

So using a little filler here and there along with the botox just helps to get an overall balanced look.

Basically, when it comes to choosing botox vs dermal fillers, it does depend on your goals, your age, and the condition of your skin.

To schedule a consultation to discuss whats best for you, please Call Us 703.574.2588 well talk about your goals and how either botox or dermal fillers can help.

Want more information?
Read more about botox treatments here.
Read more about dermal fillers here.
You might also be interested to find out more about our Liquid Facelift.

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