June 21, 2018

Botox Vs. Fillers: Which is Right For You?

What’s the difference between Botox and fillers? Don’t they both just make you look… younger? Well, yes! Both Botox and fillers can correct wrinkles, giving you a more youthful look and a more confident feel.

But there are some key differences between these injectable treatments and understanding them can help you make a confident decision. And of course, we’re always happy to guide you through the decision-making process in person. With years of expertise on our side, we can help steer you in the right direction.

Without further ado — here’s the difference between Botox and fillers...


You’ve probably been hearing about Botox for years by now. This classic injectable is a well-known, trusted product that’s undergone many years of testing and studies.

So what exactly is it? Well, technically, Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin — a naturally-occurring protein. In high doses, botulinum toxin can be toxic. But in low doses, it’s an extremely safe — and effective — anti-aging treatment. And its benefits aren’t just cosmetic. Botox is also often used to treat migraines.

When Botox is injected, it temporarily reduces the muscle activity in areas of the face that are particularly expressive — like the forehead, brow, or crow’s feet around the eyes.This reduction in muscle activity reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even helps prevent further wrinkling of the skin.

Botox is effective for:

  • Lines between your eyebrows (the “11’s)
  • Forehead lines
  • Upper lip lines
  • Nasal lines
  • Neck bands
  • Chin dimpling


As you age, you naturally lose collagen — the protein that keeps your skin plump, firm, and smooth. As a result, skin becomes take on a thin, sagging, or dry appearance. This lack of collagen also emphasizes wrinkling and fine lines.

Fillers add volume to the skin, which can restore firmness and youthfulness, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lost collagen.

Here’s a bit more on some of the fillers we use at The Esthetics Center:


Bellafill — which uses a collagen base — is one of our longest-lasting fillers. In fact, it rarely requires repeated injections. We use this filler on people who have:

  • Concave, surface level acne scars
  • Moderate to severe facial wrinkling
  • Marionette lines

Bellafill does require a little more aftercare, like icing and resting from exercise, but most people are able to return to work the day after injections.

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC and Vollure XC

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC and Vollure XC are both gel-based fillers that we often recommend for:

  • Nasal folds
  • Lips
  • Marionette lines

You may be wondering what the difference is between these two fillers. Simply put: Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is used to smooth wrinkles, while Vollure XC is used to add volume and plumpness to the skin.


This is another gel-based injectable, but it’s specifically meant for the cheeks. Full cheeks are a sign of youth, but people tend to lose volume in this area with age. Voluma can restore fullness to the cheeks, while correcting any droopiness or folding around the cheeks.

Voluma can take years off your appearance, it's one of our favorite fillers!

Botox vs. Fillers

Hopefully this makes things a little less complicated. But we always love to consult specifically with our clients, so that we can tailor decisions that will give you the most effective and natural results. If you’d like to make an appointment, contact us online or give us a call. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.



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