Neurotoxins and dermal fillers are so often talked about in the same sentence that many people are confused as to which does what. Hopefully, this post will clarify that!
Neurotoxins = BOTOX, Xeomin, Dysport
Dermal Fillers = Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse, Restylane
How They Work
Neurotoxins, also called wrinkle relaxers, work by temporarily paralyzing the targeted muscle(s) which keeps the muscles from contracting and creating deep lines and folds in the face.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, work by filling in and adding volume to the targeted areas of the face or hands. Wrinkles or fine lines become less noticeable because the new volume fills in those spaces and gaps. Our most popular fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which absorbs water over the few days following treatment for a naturally fuller look. Certain other fillers, such as Radiesse, instantly add volume while also stimulating the growth of your own collagen.
Treatment Types & Areas
Neurotoxins are best for moderate to severe, deep wrinkles and lines that result from various strong facial movements such as frowning and squinting. Common treatment areas include the forehead, between the eyebrows (also referred to as the 11’s), and crow’s feet.
Dermal Fillers are best for lines and wrinkles that are caused by age-related volume loss. Filler may be injected directly into the specific lines, such as in the lip lines, or it may be injected into the upper check area which will gently lift and reduce the appearance of certain facial lines and wrinkles such as the “parentheses” (lines from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth).
The effects of neurotoxin treatments typically last 3-4 months. With continued use, each treatment may last longer because the targeted muscle(s) get weaker and make fewer or less severe motions.
Dermal Fillers last longer than neurotoxins. Depending on the specific injectable, the results may last for 6 months or up to 2 years.