Two of the most popular treatments (if not the absolute end-all, be-all treatments) in the beauty industry worldwide: Botox and fillers. It's often that these two go hand-in-hand when you see the service lists in aesthetic clinics, and for good reason—they're both non-invasive, temporary injectables that give you great results in a relatively similar price range. It's also considered as part and parcel of the "youth package", where more often than not Botox and filler treatments are used either separately or in conjunction to rejuvenate your looks and help you attain a more youthful appearance.
Of course, Botox and fillers have their own specialities. Beyond the blanket definition of them being part of the "youth package", these two are very much different in several aspects. While these two may be used in combination for treatments, they aren't interchangeable and are fundamentally different in function.
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a protein that is used to temporarily relax the facial muscles. When injected, it essentially works to treat the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles in the face—more specifically, expression lines. These are the lines that develop through the movement of your face, like smile lines and crow's feet. With Botox, they will soften and look as though they've "disappeared" from your face.
Botox can also treat medical conditions like hyperhidrosis (also known as excessive sweating), where the same effect is applied to the selected sweat glands. It's important to note that Botox can only be used if prescribed by a registered and qualified medical professional, such as a nurse.
Even though fillers can also be used to treat wrinkles, they function in a different way. Essentially, while Botox relaxes, fillers lift. Fillers can be used to treat any sort of depressed lines or scars on the face by injecting hyaluronic acid beneath the skin, therefore lifting the appearance of the face. Hyaluronic acid is the standard ingredient of dermal fillers, and it's what is commonly used by popular filler brands like Juvéderm and Restylane.
Apart from that, fillers are more commonly known for non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as nose, lip, jaw, cheek and chin augmentations. By using filters, the appearance of your facial features can drastically change. They can fill in and straighten a crooked nose bridge, volumise and reshape the lips, define the facial structure—all with just liquid that's already found inside our bodies.
When it comes to the efficacy, results and aftermath, Botox and fillers are more or less the same, as well. The actual treatment durations for both last anywhere under 30 minutes, depending on the area to be treated. Redness, bruising and swelling are normal and will fade eventually, though this still depends on how sensitive your skin is and how your body metabolises the substances. The main difference is that with fillers, you'll be able to see the results immediately, whereas, with Botox, the results will appear in roughly a week because it needs more time to settle compared to the former.
So, which one is for you? Simply put, if you want to treat active lines, go for Botox. If you want to treat resting lines (or a substitute for plastic surgery), go for fillers.