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Injectable medications are among the most popular med spa treatments, providing a quick, simple, non-invasive way to revitalize your facial appearance. In particular, BOTOX® and dermal fillers are commonly used to address signs of facial aging, restoring a youthful and confident countenance without requiring surgery.

The question is, which of these treatments is best suited to meet your aesthetic goals? When you join us at our med spa, we will be happy to recommend the injectable treatment that aligns with your needs. In the meantime, here is an overview of BOTOX and fillers.

Comparing BOTOX and Dermal Fillers

BOTOX and dermal fillers are two forms of treatment designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles across the face. While they share a similar goal, these are ultimately two very different products that address wrinkles in different ways. As a result, one injectable might be better than the other, depending on the type of wrinkles and fine lines you hope to address.


BOTOX, along with other brands of neuromodulators, works by forcing facial muscles to relax, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles caused by facial muscle movement. As a result, BOTOX is best used to treat fine lines and wrinkles affecting the upper half of the face, including:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines near the eyebrows

Dermal Fillers

By contrast, dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring material your body manufactures on its own. As you get older, the production of hyaluronic acid slows down considerably, taking a toll on your skin. Fillers literally fill in sunken portions of skin where a lack of hyaluronic acid and collagen causes volume loss, lines, and wrinkles. As a result, dermal fillers are best used in the lower portions of the face: 

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Smile lines near the mouth
  • Lines and wrinkles around the chin

Using BOTOX and Fillers in Tandem

One advantage of the different treatment approaches behind neuromodulators and dermal fillers is that they can be safely applied at the same time. BOTOX and dermal fillers can be combined to treat a fuller range of wrinkles across all parts of your face. For many patients seeking to treat all facial wrinkles and fine lines, this combination may be the preferred approach. However, if you are only concerned with specific areas of the face, then we may recommend either BOTOX or dermal fillers as the preferred treatment.

Learn More About Injectable Treatments at Our Med Spa

Find out whether you would most benefit from BOTOX, dermal fillers, or a med spa treatment plan combining the two options. Contact Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons today to schedule a consultation in our Washington practice.

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