Botox and fillers are cosmetic injectables used to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging, but they work differently.
Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin that blocks the signals between nerves and muscles. When injected into muscles, it can temporarily paralyze them, reducing the appearance of wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. The effects of Botox usually last between three to six months.
Fillers, on the other hand, are substances injected under the skin to add volume, smooth out wrinkles, and enhance facial features. They can be made from various materials, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, or calcium hydroxylapatite. Fillers can be used to plump up thin lips, fill in hollow cheeks, soften nasolabial folds, and more. The effects of fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years or more, depending on the type of filler used.
Ultimately, the choice between Botox and fillers will depend on your individual concerns and goals. Botox is best suited for treating dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, while fillers are better for adding volume and filling in static wrinkles and areas of the face that have lost volume. Your healthcare provider can help you determine which treatment option is best for you.