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The line between botox and fillers can be quite blurred and sometimes people use the terms interchangeably. While both are great anti-aging treatments, they work their magic in distinct ways. Botox can better be described as a muscle relaxer of sorts. It freezes the muscles on site and prevents them from creasing. On the other hand, fillers work as cosmetic enhancements for different areas of the face to make any area look bigger, smaller, more plum or smoother.

What is botox?

Also known as botulinum toxin, botox can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as lighten the skin, making it appear more youthful. It is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is also the one-and-only original and best-known brand name, and the most tested product on the market. Besides being used as a muscle relaxer, botox can be used for excessive sweating and migraines.

Botox as a treatment option consists of injections into muscles to improve the look of frown lines between eyebrows and improve the area of the side of the eyes, including crow’s feet lines. Treatments can be easily adjusted to ensure natural results, which last anywhere from 4 months to 1 year. As well, when done properly, there is no real downtime and no long-term side effects.

What are fillers?

Fillers can help to plump lips, fill in lines and wrinkles, and fill out cheeks. Overall, skin appears softer and younger. Revanesse and Juvederm are the top choices for dermal fillers. These are relatively painless cosmetic injections and the longest lasting on the market. The most popular areas include around the mouth, the lips, cheeks, and under the eyes to eliminate dark circles and bags.

As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin lessens, and skin becomes drier, thinner and less able to fix itself. Dermal fillers are a great fix to this problem, as they work by lifting and smoothing targeted folds and wrinkles by adding more volume. Injections are done with a tiny needle, with minimal discomfort. Results can typically be seen after the first treatment, and last as long as two years after treatment.

Source: Marie Claire