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True or False: Botox and Dermal Fillers can be used in the same way

By September 4, 2013No Comments

Answer: False!

A common misconception about injectables, is that Botox and Fillers are used in the same way. That is not the case!

While both products lessen the appearance of wrinkles, they work very differently.

I once had a friend tell me that she wanted to get her lips “Botoxed.” I let her know that what she wanted was a dermal filler to plump up her lips. Suprisingly, her mistake is not an uncommon one. Many people who have come to our Spa in Orem, ask the same question. But you would definitely NOT want to inject Botox in the lips.

And I will tell you why!

Botox is a neurotoxin that actually relaxes the muscles that create wrinkles. It smooths those wrinkles that are caused by the active muscles in your face. Botox is used in the forehead, around the eyes, and between the eyebrows, and lasts around 3-4 months.

So, if you were to use Botox in the lips, you would not be able to move your mouth like you normally do. You would probably look like you do after a visit to the dentist. But for 4 months. Probably not the look you are going for.

That’s why there are dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers work in a much different way. As opposed to Botox, you would use a Filler, such as Juvederm or Restylane, to actually fill a line or wrinkle. Generally, fillers are used for the lower half of the face. They can be used to fill the cheeks, smile lines, lips, and vertical lip lines. Occasionally, fillers are used for very deep set lines in the forehead, in conjunction with Botox. And the product lasts much longer than Botox, around 9 months to a year.

So while the two products are used for similar things, looking younger and getting rid of wrinkles, they work in very different ways.

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