What is the Major Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are the two major types of injectables used to address the signs of aging. They are both effective solutions for wrinkles, but the solution chosen will depend on the particular areas of concern. The specific injectable recommended will depend on the patient’s aesthetic goals. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the difference between botox and dermal fillers.


Botox is an injectable derived from botulinum toxin type A. It is injected into the muscles that cause wrinkles, and relaxes them so that they no longer fully contract. This causes the lines and wrinkles to fade over time, and makes patients look younger and refreshed. Botox is more effective on wrinkles that form due to continuous facial movement. This includes lines between the eyebrows, and around the corner of the eyes.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are used to enhance facial volume in areas where the tissues have deflated.  However, wrinkles such as nasolabial folds, which are caused by the loss of volume in the skin, can be significantly reduced with dermal fillers. Nasolabial folds are the wrinkles that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth. Dermal fillers can plump up these types of wrinkles and folds.

Popular brands of dermal fillers include Juvederm and Restylane. Unlike Botox that typically lasts for 3-6 months, dermal fillers can last from months to years, depending on the brand selected.

Both types of injectables are available at Rocheford Plastic Surgery, which serves the Minneapolis-St Paul area.  You can set up a consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford to further discuss the differences between botox and dermal fillers. When you meet with her, she will determine the solution that is best suited to your unique needs. You can contact her online at www.drrocheford.com.

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