Botox vs. Fillers? Which Injectable to Get and Why?

Botox vs. Fillers? Which Injectable to Get and Why?

When you want to treat fine lines and wrinkles, or maybe just want a little plumping and smoothing, do you go for Botox or do you get a filler?

At their most basic, Botox and neuromodulators like it relax muscles, while filler adds volume to areas of the face.

The most common areas for Botox use are forehead frown lines and crow's feet. Less commonly treated areas include turkey neck, square jaw, smoker’s lips, and corners of mouth frowning.

You can also use Botox preventatively, injecting and treating areas to prevent the wrinkles from forming in the first place. You can also use Botox to enhance features. For example. a Botox brow lift to raise or shape the arch of the eyebrow, Botox lip lifts to increase lip volume and definition, Botox at the angle of the jaw to slim the jawline, or even Botox to improve a gummy smile.

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Can Botox and filler be used together?

In short: definitely. Botox can be used to help refine the results of filler in an area. The combination can often produce a more elegant, sophisticated result.

For example, when treating the chin non-surgically, Botox and filler can be injected to enhance the shape of the chin. The combination of filler and Botox in this area means that the filler physically adds volume and projection to the chin bone on profile, and the Botox relaxes the muscle that pulls back on the skin and allows us to see the full effect of the filler, making the result more dramatic.

Another area that often uses the combination is with the lip. When most people think of lip augmentation and lip plumping with needles, they think of filler like Restylane, but Botox can also be used, either alone, or in combination with fillers, for a subtle pout-magnification.

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Filler adds volume and makes the lip larger by literally making it bigger. Botox works differently. Botox relaxes muscles, and by relaxing the muscle around the mouth, it rolls the lip outward (or “flips” the lip), giving the illusion that the lip is bigger without actually adding any volume.

Where are the most common places to inject filler?

The classic areas where people have filler injected are the lips, nasolabial folds (your smile lines), and cheeks which you probably most often see celebrities taking part in.

Recently, injection along the jawline and chin have become immensely popular, especially as we’re all staring at ourselves on Zoom more. These are all areas where aging causes changes in volume. Adding volume by dermal filler injections to the cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and jawline generally creates a more youthful and stronger appearance. Filler can also be used for under-eyes too to help eliminate hollow bags aka “tired-looking eyes.”

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