By Cheryl Clarkson

Ask Cheryl: What is the Difference Between Botox & Fillers

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Q. I don’t want to appear ignorant, but what is the difference between Botox and Fillers?

A: That is a very common question and can be very confusing to the uninitiated! They are very different, but they are both used to reduce lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox is typically used around the eyes and on the forehead, and fillers are used in the mid and lower face. Why is this?

The lines on the upper part of our face are caused by clenched muscles from years of squinting, frowning, raising our eyebrows, etc. Over time the muscles do not fully relax back into place. When Botox is injected into those muscles, it allows the muscles to stay relaxed, thus reducing or eliminated the frown and crow’s feet.

Fillers, on the other hand, are used to fil in wrinkles and hollows in our face. As we age, we loose facial fat, which causes our skin to sag and lines to form. Fillers, such as uvederm and Restylane, are injected into folds and wrinkles to replace the fat that has been lost. It is also used in the cheeks to lift sagging skin back into place.

Botox and fillers are commonly used in combination. Learn more about what’s right for you.  Schedule a Complimentary Consultation

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