Botox or Fillers? Which one should you choose?

Are wrinkles all that you are noticing lately, when standing in front of the mirror? Rejuvenating your skin to the youthful glow, is all on your mind right now? And a more elaborate procedure like Facelift and Skin Resurfacing looks expensive for your pocket? Don’t lose heart, there are easier and cheaper options available.

Injectable like Botox and fillers like Juvederm and Belotero Balance are the more popular ones in this category. How do you decide which one to choose? This read will help you to get an idea before you meet the specialist.

Botox or Filler?

It may seem that both serve the same purpose, but there is a fine line between toxins and fillers especially in their application.

Botulinum toxin, Botox is natural purified protein, relaxes the muscles which prevents the skin from causing wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers focus on changing the facial profile to a more youthful one by injecting filler materials to help in lifting and smoothing the targeted folds and wrinkles.


Botox treats dynamic wrinkles and stops new ones from forming. Dynamic wrinkles occur when the muscles are used to form facial expression like when you frown it causes a wrinkle between your eyebrows. Thus these are effective for expression lines on the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and crow’s feet around the eyes and turkey neck lines on the throat.

Dermal Fillers treat wrinkles which are deeper and noticeable even if the face doesn’t form any expression. This is primarily used for skin rejuvenation. A lot of people lose the volume of the face due to hectic life and stress. Dermal Filler also helps in increasing the volume of the face. It fills in deep folds like nasolabial folds and creates fuller lips, cheeks and jawlines.


Botox reduces muscle movement, due to which the facial muscle relaxes and the wrinkle softens. The procedure is fairly painless; the pain could be compared to that of an ant bite. There will be a possibility of minimal swelling and bruising. Patients can start their normal activity right away.

Dermal Fillers lifts the skin by inducing and replacing the collagen, which our skin loses as we age. A local anesthesia is provided during the procedure. There is a possibility of bruising and swelling which reduces over a week. Since it takes couple of weeks to smoothen the pain and swelling, it’s better to plan the procedure a few weeks in advance of any big event.

How long the result will stay?

For Botox, the result will be visible within 3- 5 days and the effect will stay for about 3-6 months.

The result of Dermal Filler will be immediate and will be effective as long as 18-24 months depending on the filler material and the area of usage.

Is there any Risk or Side Effect?

Side effects of Botox are restricted to the area of the injection and are temporary. These could be bruising, swelling, numbness or redness. With larger doses of Botox, there could be severe side effects like issues of weakening the associated muscles. The patient should inform the physician if there is any previous history of damaged nerves or muscle.

The common side effects of fillers are infection, bruising or allergic reaction. In case of any human error where in the physician injects it in blood vessel could have severe side effects to an extent of losing skin. Thus it is important to conduct the procedure at a reputed place.

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