What’s the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

As they become more and more popular, Botox and dermal fillers have been used somewhat interchangeably. While Botox and dermal fillers have some similarities, they are in fact very different and have a variety of unique uses, side effects, and other characteristics. Here are a few of the main differences between Botox and dermal fillers.


Botox and Dermal Filler Address Different Problem Areas

While Botox and dermal filler both work to treat wrinkles and fine lines, the location of the problem areas they treat are different. Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles, usually occurring around the eyes, mouth, and between the eyebrows. Dermal fillers are used to treat smile lines and add volume to the lips and cheeks. Dermal fillers can also be used to treat signs of age on the hands and reduce the appearance of visible scars.


How Long Do Botox and Dermal Fillers Last?

In general, dermal fillers tend to last longer than Botox. However, this all depends on the type of dermal filler you choose and what problem area you are attempting to address. With both Botox and dermal fillers, the effects of the injection will wear off over time and you will need maintenance injections to recapture optimum results.


Side Effects of Botox and Dermal Fillers

With both Botox and dermal fillers, experiencing severe side effects is very rare. However, side effects are possible after injection and if they persist make sure to contact a medical professional.

Botox Side Effects

Some of the possible side effects of Botox include:

  • Headaches
  • Irritation and redness of the eyes
  • Injection site bruises and discoloration
  • Drooping eyelids

Dermal Filler Side Effects

In general, dermal fillers carry more risk and potential side effects than Botox. However, severe side effects are still very rare. Some of the possible side effects of dermal fillers include:

  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions
  • Numbness and Soreness
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Scars and sores

Botox and Dermal Filler Risk Factors

For certain individuals, Botox or dermal fillers are not recommended because of the risks associated with the treatment. Botox is not recommended for people who are pregnant, nursing, have a neuromuscular disease (such as multiple sclerosis), have skin issues, or have weak facial muscles. As for dermal fillers, they are not recommended for those with allergies, those who smoke, and are not in good overall health.

Botox and Dermal Fillers at San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic

Are you unsure if Botox or dermal fillers are best for you? That is where the team at San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic can help. We have years of experience administering both Botox and dermal filler, and we can suggest which treatment will work best for you. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule a free consultation, contact San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic today. Give us a call at (619) 583-7555.