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Botox® or Dermal Fillers: Which Option Is Right for You

Updated: Jul 28



When it comes to non-surgical approaches to combating the signs of aging, there’s a reason Botox® and fillers reign supreme. These injectables smooth fine lines and wrinkles, enhance shallow facial contours, and erase years from your face. The best part? The results look natural.

It’s no wonder Botox and dermal fillers are two of the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, with providers performing nearly 10 million injections each year. But, what’s the difference between Botox and filler and which is right for you?


Highly regarded cosmetic dermatologist Paul Wallace, MD, and the team at Wallace Skin and Body Institute are here in Los Angeles to answer your questions and take the mystery out of cosmetic injectables.

Botox 101

Botox is one of four FDA-approved botulinum neurotoxins; the other three are:

  • Dysport®

  • Xeomin®

  • Jeauveau®

These injectables contain a highly purified formulation of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected into target areas of the face, botulinum neurotoxin formulations block nerve signals, and this relaxes facial muscles to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Botox and other botulinum formulations are best for treating:

  • Frown lines

  • Smile lines

  • Smoker’s lines

  • Forehead wrinkles

  • Crow’s-feet (wrinkles on the outside corners of the eyes)

  • Marionette lines (vertical line between the mouth and chin)

If you’re looking for a nonsurgical way to restore a youthful appearance by smoothing away wrinkles and fine lines, look no further than Botox and other botulinum injectables.


Dermal filler 101

Dermal fillers address facial volume loss. As you age, the skin produces a lower level of hydrating substances that give the skin a plump, full, youthful appearance. The face develops a flat, sunken in appearance that can cause you to appear perpetually tired and worn out.


When it comes to combating volume loss, dermal fillers do so by adding hydrating compounds — usually hyaluronic acid — back into the face. This gives your face a soft, youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are also an excellent option for:

  • Plumping the lips

  • Softening creases

  • Diminishing the appearance of scars

Dermal fillers provide fast, natural-looking results that last for 12 months or more.


Choosing the right injectable

Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Wallace is the best way to find out which injectable is right for you. Dr. Wallace provides individualized plans to address your skin’s unique needs and your cosmetic goals. Your skin is as unique as you. Dr. Wallace can combine injectables to address various flaws and restore radiant, younger looking skin.


If you’re ready for flawlessly youthful skin, then you’re ready to learn more about our customized skin treatments, including cosmetic injectables.


To get started, give our knowledgeable team a call or book online to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Wallace.

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