Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Dr. Luke Cusimano, FACS

Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Dec 1, 2019 | Botox, Non-Surgical

Often when people want a quick way to look younger, they turn to injectables. Injectables is a large category, covering many different types of treatments. Treatments range from reducing wrinkles and fine lines to helping with volume loss in the cheeks and hands. It is important to be able to understand what specifically concerns you about your appearance to figure out what treatment should be done. Many people have heard of Botox, so they want to turn to it for everything, but Botox cannot do everything. That is why it is important to understand the difference between a Botox injectable and injectable filler.


Botox is an injectable made from a refined form of botulinum toxin. It works by freezing the muscles in order to prevent them from contracting. This helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines that appear on the face over time due to the movement of the muscles. Botox cannot help in fixing wrinkles or fine lines caused by volume loss of the skin. Botox is a very popular injectable. There are many different types of injectable on the market such as Xeomin, Dysport, Azzalure, or the regular brand Botox.


Dermal fillers are different substances made from hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, and calcium hydroxyapatite. These are designed to help promote collagen, moisture, and overall plumpness to the skin. Volume loss can affect your skin in many ways, it happens because as we grow older our skin doesn’t produce as much collagen. This can create hollow cheeks, jowls, wrinkles, and cause veins to stick out on our hands. All of these characteristics cause us to look older than we’d like. Dermal fillers can correct that by injecting the needed substances back into the skin. Dermal fillers are ideal to help with thinning lips, fill in shallow areas, and soften wrinkles. There are many types of Dermal Fillers on the market like Juvederm Restylane, and many more.


To pick the right treatment, you first need to know exactly what concerns you about your appearance. Is it wrinkles, fine lines, or shallow cheeks, or jowls? Then, what is the cause of it? To pick the best treatment option, make a consultation appointment with Dr. Cusimano here at Cusimano Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He is a highly regarded plastic surgeon with your best interest in mind. He will go over your specific concerns and desires, then he will be able to pick a treatment option for you. Botox and Fillers are not the same things, they treat you in different ways, and Dr. Cusimano will help you understand those differences.