Understanding Qualities of Botox Vs. Dermal Fillers, Part 1

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Understanding Qualities of Botox Vs. Dermal Fillers, Part 1

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At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re proud to offer multiple treatment solutions when it comes to lines and wrinkles on the face and surrounding areas. From Botox injections to several Juvederm solutions, including Juvederm Ultra, we bring several options to the table for those looking to treat lines and wrinkles while achieving a more youthful appearance.

Our Juvederm products are examples of what are known in this field as dermal fillers. And while Botox is a similar product to dermal fillers in many ways, it is not precisely the same thing and is often used in distinctly different ways. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the similarities and differences between Botox and dermal fillers, from how they’re made to their common uses, effectiveness, side effects and every other factor you need to make the proper decision for your treatment.

General Qualities

Botox is actually a shortened name that stands for Botulinum toxin type A – Botox is a lot easier to say, and since this treatment is so common, it’s good to have a shorthand. It’s a muscle relaxant made from a safe form of bacteria, one that’s been on the market for well over two decades with treatment uses in several areas.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, come in several different forms. They’re injected, like Botox is, and will be made from several different potential substances: Hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, collagen, poly-L-lactic acid and a few others. Each of these are temporary substances that help treat lines or wrinkles in various areas of the body.

Standard Uses

With Botox, the primary treatment method is for what are called dynamic wrinkles. These are the natural wrinkles that often show up around the eyes, mouth and in between the eyebrows, especially as we age. Botox injections relax these muscles, helping reduce or even eliminate the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.

Dermal fillers, meanwhile, are primarily used for smile lines and plumping of the lips or cheeks.. How long they last will depend on the specific filler used.


Both these treatments have shown great effectiveness in many patients. Botox injections tend to begin showing noticeable effects within a week, with effects generally lasting between three and four months. Many people get repeated treatments.

Dermal fillers are also highly effective, with results lasting for anywhere from 6-24  depending on the treatment and type of filler used.

For more on comparing Botox with dermal fillers for wrinkle treatment, or to learn about any of our other medical spa treatments, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.