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What is The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

the difference between botox and dermal fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are effective methods of reducing signs of aging.

Over the past decade, Botox and fillers have risen in popularity. In 2016, over 9 million Botox and filler treatments were administered.

Many people wonder, what is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?

While Botox and fillers sound similar, the truth is these treatments address different concerns.

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin is a natural protein that temporarily relaxes facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. It’s marketed under the names Dysport, Xeomin and Botox. This treatment can also treat medical conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the hands, feet, etc.) and migraines.

What Can Botox Treat?

  • Between the eyebrows. Frown lines, the two vertical lines that create an “11,” can be reduced with a few units of wrinkle injections.
  • The forehead. Botox applied to the forehead reduces the appearance of a furrowed face.
  • Crow’s feet. To create an overall younger appearance, Botox can treat the crow’s feet.

In addition to the FDA-approved uses, there are several off-label uses for Botox:

  • The lips. A Botox “Lip Pop” is one of the most popular off-label treatments, which gives patients the appearance of fuller lips.
  • Eyebrow arch. This treatment includes injecting Botox into the brow depressors to create an eyebrow lift.
  • Platysmal bands. Botox injections can relax the area of the neck that creates a V-shape as you age.

What are Facial Fillers?

Facial fillers are also known as dermal fillers. Like Botox, fillers prevent or eliminate the signs of aging. The primary difference between the two cosmetic injectables is that Botox reduces the activity of muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Fillers, however, fill the trouble areas with collagen. This helps to stimulate collagen growth as well as plump and lift the skin to replace collagen loss in the face.

Where are Dermal Fillers Used?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of dermal fillers for the following areas:

  • Nasolabial folds. These are the wrinkles on the sides of your mouth that extend towards the nose, which are commonly referred to as “marionette lines” and “smile lines.”
  • Cheeks. Dermal fillers can plump cheeks and fill in shallow or hollow regions that are commonly due to genetics, aging or fat loss.
  • Lips. If you are looking to fix a thin upper lip or want fuller lips, dermal fillers are great for plumping, contouring and shaping.

Some off-label uses for dermal fillers include:

  • Under the eyes. Dermal fillers can eliminate dark circles under the eyes that are a result of aging.
  • Nose. Fillers can correct curves, bumps and lumps found on the nose.
  • Earlobes. Gravity, volume loss and heavy earrings eventually cause the earlobes to sag, but facial fillers can restore the natural appearance of your ears.
  • The hands. As we age, our hands become thin and wrinkled, which is the result of a loss of collagen. Dermal fillers can be used to restore this volume loss.

Botox and Dermal Filler Training at National Laser Institute

National Laser Institute pioneered the medical aesthetics industry with comprehensive professional training courses for cosmetic injectables and lasers that can be completed in two weeks or less!

Our CE/CME courses are designed to prepare physicians, nurses and medical professional to perform Botox and dermal fillers in any medical setting!

Each course includes classroom (didactic) education and clinical hands-on training for the ultimate learning experience.

In the classroom, students learn things like proper injection techniques, facial anatomy and patient care. During clinical hands-on training, students are broken into small groups and work on scheduled clients in a luxury retail medical spa setting in order to gain real-world experience.

For students who have a limited amount of time, we offer CE/CME courses that can be completed in as little as a weekend or a couple of days.


If you are interested in Botox or dermal filler training, fill out the form on your right or give one of our admission advisors a call at 800-982-6817.