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Botox VS Filler : What's The Difference

Botox and Filler are cosmetic procedures involving the injection method. Both botox and filler are minimally invasive procedures, which means they don't involve a knife or surgery.

The terms botox and filler have often been heard as aesthetic treatments to improve, beautify, and maintain a youthful appearance. However, many people still do not aware or know the difference between them, so now let's discuss the differences through this article!

What's Botox?

Botox is the word for botulinum neurotoxin, which is a substance obtained from pure bacteria (pure toxin) that has been regulated and formulated to improve wrinkles or lines on the face. The good news is that botox has been approved as a safe method by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and has been used to treat several cases for decades.

In short, Botox works by blocking nerve signals from the muscles around in the targeted area. When the nerve signal is injected pure toxin, the muscles will freeze and weaken; by weakening the nerves of these muscles, certain wrinkles and aging lines can be softened, reduced, or even eliminated.

Benefits of Botox

As many already know, Botox treatment aims to restore and maintain a youthful appearance by fading the signs of skin aging, especially the wrinkles or lines. Cannot handle all type of wrinkles and lines, Botox only works on wrinkles caused by muscle movement (dynamic wrinkles) which are often called "expression lines". The most common dynamic wrinkles that pure toxin can handle are lines on the upper face, such as those that arise between the eyebrows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and wrinkles around the eyes (crow's feet). These lines are usually caused by expressions such as smiling, frowning, squinting, and others.

Not only that, Botox treatment is used for other problems such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) which will later be injected in certain area like armpits, and also on the jaw muscles which can be used to prevent teeth grinding.

What's Filler?

Dermal filler, also known as filler is substances designed to be injected under the surface of the skin to add volume to areas that are already looking saggy and empty. The contents of fillers vary, however, in general, fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the human body. Just like Botox, Filler treatment is declared safe for aesthetic purposes. Often, fillers are used to correct or enhance facial features without surgery and downtime.

In brief, filler treatment is usually given to patients who wish to enhance their facial features or contour. In addition, fillers work by filling in empty or shrunken areas as well as sagging skin.

Benefits of Dermal Filler

Different types of dermal fillers are designed to treat various signs of aging. Especially wrinkles caused by loss of elasticity on the face or known as static wrinkles. The static wrinkles include lines on the cheeks (nasolabial folds) as well as on the neck and jawline (jowl). The benefits of fillers include:

  • Enhancing or filling empty areas on the face

  • Reducing or eliminating shadows or wrinkles under the eyes that create a bag

  • Improving the appearance of the nose

  • Filling or smoothen the appearance of scars

  • Fading static wrinkles, especially on the lower face such as the jaw line

  • Plumping up the thinning lips

  • Giving a lifting effect

The Difference Botox and Filler

The difference between Botox and Filler is:

  • Botox: Using pure toxins to freeze muscles to reduce wrinkles and lines caused by facial expressions. Botox is usually used on the upper face, such as the forehead and around the eyes. Botox results can last for 6 months, therefore doctors recommend doing Botox treatments at least 2 times a year to maintain the youthfulness.

  • Filler: Using hyaluronic acid to "fill in" areas that have lost volume and smoothness. This includes wrinkles around the mouth, thin lips, and cheeks that have lost their plumpness. Fillers can be used on forehead wrinkles, scars, and other areas that need extra volume for a smoother, tighter look. Dermal filler results can last for at least 12-24 months depending on how much the inserted amount is.

Although Botox and Fillers are different substances designed for different uses, they can be combined in one treatment. For example, a person might use Botox to correct the lines between the eyes and Fillers to correct the smile lines around the mouth.

Notes: Botox and Filler are safe beauty treatments as long as they are done by an expert and professional. In addition, the results obtained by each individual will vary depending on the problem, technique, and amount of content used. Consult your skin problems and your beauty goals with our professional doctors at IORA Clinic. 


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