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What Is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

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Botox and dermal fillers have become wildly popular in the recent past. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 9 million procedures were performed in 2015 itself.

Both Botox and dermal fillers are similar in many aspects. They are minimally invasive and have been formed as alternatives to surgery. They both use injections and increase aesthetic appeal. They have zero downtime and are also cheaper as compared to other options.

In fact, people often blur the difference between the two procedures. Many customers visiting us at Ethos consider them to be the same thing. That, however, is a dangerous notion to have. They are different and work upon the body in distinctly unique ways.

How Are They Different?

At Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness, we consider it our responsibility to educate our customers. Hence, we decided to blog about this often asked question. We highly recommend that you go through the differences mentioned below before choosing amongst the two.

1. Treatment Approach

The most significant difference between Botox and Dermal fillers lies in their treatment procedures. Botox works by freezing the nerve signals to the facial muscles. These muscles stop contracting, leading to a wrinkle-free face.

Dermal fillers work differently. With age, our body stops producing youthful components like Hyaluronic acid. Consequentially, our face loses volume and plumpness. Dermal fillers make up for this volume loss by filling in appropriate substances at the right places.

In short, Botox works by freezing cells while Dermal fillers work by adding them.

2. The Effect

Both of these are temporary treatments. People using Botox generally see its effect lasting for 4 to 5 months. On the other hand, dermal fillers can last varying on the substance being used. Some fillers might last for 6 months, while others may last for up to 2 years.

3. The Cost

Botox is generally a bit cheaper than dermal fillers. However, the cost of dermal fillers may vary depending on the substance being used. Hyaluronic acid based fillers tend to be cheaper, while Polylactic acid based fillers tend to be more expensive.

4. Substances Used

Botox is about a single chemical, that is, Botulinum Toxin. On the other hand, dermal fillers may use a variety of substances like Calcium Hydroxylapatite, Hyaluronic acid, Polyalkylimide or Polylactic acid. All of these substances work upon the body differently. In case of dermal fillers, it’s important to understand what one is being treated with.

Both of them are incredibly great techniques. Time and again, they have provided consistent results. However, there are subtle differences between the two. Hence, it makes sense to go through them so that one can make an informed choice.

My Ethos Spa

At Ethos, we are dedicated to providing aesthetic procedures using the latest medical advances. Our treatments are safe, effective, and show immediate results. At our facility in New Jersey, we offer both Botox treatment and a wide range of dermal fillers, among other.

Our professional team is always ready for your call.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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