Botox and Dermal Fillers


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You look marvel­ous for your age. How is it that you appear ten years young­er than your peers? It only takes one compli­ment to get hooked on facial inject­ables. How do they work and what is the difference between them?


Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) is one of the few cross­over drugs now in use for aesthetic enhancement. It began as a targeted muscle treatment for strabismus and blepharo­spasm. It is now a popular injectable solution to relax muscles near wrinkles.

The downside is less natural facial expres­sions. People tend to speak like they are trying to prevent a facial clay mask from cracking.

Dulling large facial muscles would impair speaking nasal function. So the primary use of Botox is to reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and between eyebrows. Results are instantane­ous, but require touchups.

Botox Risks
  • Bruises at the site of injection
  • Drooping eyelids for several weeks
  • Eye redness and irritation
  • Headaches

The average cost for Botox injections is $500.

Female lip injection

Dermal Fillers

For plumping up lips or reducing deep smile lines, doctors use dermal fillers. These include calcium hydroxy­apatite, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and poly-L-lactic acid—lasting from 6 to 19 months. Poly­methyl­methacry­late beads is the only permanent filler.

Dermal Filler Risks
  • Allergic reaction
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Redness
  • Scarring
  • Sores

The average cost for dermal fillers that a dermatologist or plastic surgeon offers is $1000 USD. Collagen and poly­methyl­methacry­late beads are the most expensive.

Botox vs Dermal Fillers

These are two of many approaches to a more youth­ful looking face. Both can fill deep smile lines or relax muscles around the eyes to minimize creasing. A man or woman might receive each during the same visit.


This 3-in-1 treatment effectively helps remove dry, damaged skin. The handheld device uncovers a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and resurfacing. It removes debris from pores with painless suction. And it saturates the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides.

To rejuvenate skin, various facial masks, infrared light treat­ments, at-home devices, and surgical options are also available. Are you ready to develop and expensive habit of injectables or would you rather age naturally?

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

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