Breaking It Down: The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

dermal fillers | boston ma As two of the things that are most commonly mistaken for each other in the world of cosmetic surgery, both Botox and dermal fillers are often seen as interchangeable. However, as two very different ways to treat different parts of your face, it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two. This article will discuss the main differences between Botox and dermal fillers so that you can feel more informed the next time you are discussing injectables with your friends. Read on to learn more.


Botox is often referred to as a filler but, that is a myth. Unlike fillers, Botox doesn’t fill in the lines and wrinkles on your face. In fact, Botox works in an entirely different way by temporarily relaxing the muscles on your face— leaving you with the appearance of no fine lines and wrinkles. Derived from the botulinum toxin, Botox blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles which in turn causes your wrinkles to relax and soften. Additionally, many people think you can use Botox around your entire face, but it is only approved to treat the fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are what most people are familiar with and are used to treat wrinkles on the lower half of the face. As two of the most popular dermal fillers, Restylane and Juvederm are made of hyaluronic acid (an ingredient that is naturally found in your body). When injected into your skin, these types of fillers work to fill in the wrinkles on your face by adding volume to them— leaving you with smoother skin and fuller lips.

In the world of cosmetic surgery, it can be easy to get confused. Luckily, with the help of Dr. Rick Silverman, you can be the most informed member of your group of friends. The next time your friends get Botox and dermal fillers confused, you can politely tell them the difference— they’re sure to be impressed. To learn more about both Botox and dermal fillers, contact Dr. Rick Silverman’s office today!

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