botox vs. derma fillersThe Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic treatments given through injections, which are typically administered in a doctor’s office. They are both minimally invasive, meaning they do not involve surgery.


Botox is the brand name of botulinim neurotoxin. It is an FDA-approved neurotoxin that works to paralyze muscles in the face and hands to prevent muscle contractions. Without the movement of these treated muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed. Botox only works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement.

Botox is not a permanent treatment. Multiple treatments are necessary for continued wrinkle-reducing effects. Botox usually lasts for about 3 to 4 months.

Derma Fillers

Derma fillers are substances injected beneath the surface of the skin. They help to add volume and fullness. Fillers can be a variety of temporary or permanent materials. The most common fillers include Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero.

Depending on the derma filler selected, they may:

  • Plump up thinning lips
  • Enhance or fill in shallow areas on the face
  • Reduce or remove dark circles under the eyes
  • Fill in recessed scars
  • Fill in or soften wrinkles

Key Differences

While Botox and fillers are commonly used together, they work differently and are used on different lines.

The difference between Botox and fillers are:

Botox: Freezes muscles to stop creases and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. Most commonly found in the upper face, such as the forehead and around the eyes.

Derma fillers: Hyaluronic acid is used to “fill in” or plump areas that have lost volume and smoothness. This includes wrinkles around the mouth, thin lips, and cheeks that have lost fullness.

Contact The Lett Center today for more information about Botox and the types of fillers we offer. Don’t forget to ask about our current April specials!