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How do botox and Restylane (dermal fillers) injections differ?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Different drugs

Botox is what we call a neurotoxin.
It's a purified protein that blocks the transmission of a signal from the nerve ending to the muscle. By doing so, it allows the muscle to relax and in turn, it gives the skin a chance to relax and the wrinkles disappear. Restylane (dermal fillers) is a hyaluronic acid that is injected under the skin to fill depressions. It's usually used to reduce laugh lines or plump the lips.

In brief: Different drugs

Botox is what we call a neurotoxin.
It's a purified protein that blocks the transmission of a signal from the nerve ending to the muscle. By doing so, it allows the muscle to relax and in turn, it gives the skin a chance to relax and the wrinkles disappear. Restylane (dermal fillers) is a hyaluronic acid that is injected under the skin to fill depressions. It's usually used to reduce laugh lines or plump the lips.
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Dr. Anthony Sclafani
Facial Plastic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Botox

Botox, Dysport and xeomin (incobotulinumtoxin a) act by relaxing muscles which are creating skin folds, like crows feet and frown lines.
Dermal fillers such as retylane, Perlane an juvederm act by adding volume to tissues, such as in areas of fine lines or "deflated" cheeks or lips.They two groups often work well in concert.See a board certified facial plastic surgeon to determine if either (or both) would work for you.

In brief: Botox

Botox, Dysport and xeomin (incobotulinumtoxin a) act by relaxing muscles which are creating skin folds, like crows feet and frown lines.
Dermal fillers such as retylane, Perlane an juvederm act by adding volume to tissues, such as in areas of fine lines or "deflated" cheeks or lips.They two groups often work well in concert.See a board certified facial plastic surgeon to determine if either (or both) would work for you.
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Dr. Keimun Slaughter
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Different substances

Botox is a neurotoxin produced by the bacillus Clostridium Botulinum and causes muscle paralysis by preventing the release of acetylcholine from nerve terminals which would otherwise allow messages to be transmitted to muscles causing contraction.
Restylane (dermal fillers) is a filler composed of hyaluronic acid (a complex sugar) which is used for non surgical facial rejuvenation.

In brief: Different substances

Botox is a neurotoxin produced by the bacillus Clostridium Botulinum and causes muscle paralysis by preventing the release of acetylcholine from nerve terminals which would otherwise allow messages to be transmitted to muscles causing contraction.
Restylane (dermal fillers) is a filler composed of hyaluronic acid (a complex sugar) which is used for non surgical facial rejuvenation.
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Botox/restylane

Botox is a neurotoxin injected into muscles to reduce dynamic wrinkles.
Restylane (dermal fillers) is a filler that can fill in lines. Be sure to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

In brief: Botox/restylane

Botox is a neurotoxin injected into muscles to reduce dynamic wrinkles.
Restylane (dermal fillers) is a filler that can fill in lines. Be sure to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
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Dr. Anthony Perkins
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Botox vs fillers

Botox toxins (botox, Dysport and xeomin) work on weakening the muscles of the face.
Fillers (restylane, juvederm, perlane, (dermal fillers) sculptra and radiesse) work by replacing the fat and water lost in the face. The face is usually broken down into the upper and lower face. The upper face (from the lower eyelids and up) are usually treated with Botox toxins while the lower face is treated with fillers.

In brief: Botox vs fillers

Botox toxins (botox, Dysport and xeomin) work on weakening the muscles of the face.
Fillers (restylane, juvederm, perlane, (dermal fillers) sculptra and radiesse) work by replacing the fat and water lost in the face. The face is usually broken down into the upper and lower face. The upper face (from the lower eyelids and up) are usually treated with Botox toxins while the lower face is treated with fillers.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Different actions

Botox and Restylane (dermal fillers) work in different ways to reduce wrinkles.
Restylane (dermal fillers) physically "fills in" the valley of the crease. Botox works to relax the muscles nearby that are causing wrinkles, like a frown line between your brows. Some people will benefit from one or the other, depending on the area, or whether the wrinkle is present while your face is relaxed, or only when it moves.

In brief: Different actions

Botox and Restylane (dermal fillers) work in different ways to reduce wrinkles.
Restylane (dermal fillers) physically "fills in" the valley of the crease. Botox works to relax the muscles nearby that are causing wrinkles, like a frown line between your brows. Some people will benefit from one or the other, depending on the area, or whether the wrinkle is present while your face is relaxed, or only when it moves.
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Dr. Kenneth Bemudez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Botox v restylane (dermal fillers)

Botox is a neuromuscular blocking medication.
It paralyzes the muscles in the area it is injected. By paralyzing the muscle it prevents the skin from wrinkling. Restylane is Hyaluronate a polysaccharide that is found in all living things. It's used as a filler to lift , fill and improve depressions caused by wrinkles. Most patients require a little of both to achieve optimal results.

In brief: Botox v restylane (dermal fillers)

Botox is a neuromuscular blocking medication.
It paralyzes the muscles in the area it is injected. By paralyzing the muscle it prevents the skin from wrinkling. Restylane is Hyaluronate a polysaccharide that is found in all living things. It's used as a filler to lift , fill and improve depressions caused by wrinkles. Most patients require a little of both to achieve optimal results.
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Dr. Kiya Movassaghi
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Botox vs Fillers

Restylane (dermal fillers) is a dermal filler that uses a synthetic or natural substance to "fill in" hollow areas of the face.
Botox is a safe toxin that weakens the muscles of facial expression. Once the resting tone of the treated muscle is weakened, the pull of the muscles relax and the overlying skin flattens.

In brief: Botox vs Fillers

Restylane (dermal fillers) is a dermal filler that uses a synthetic or natural substance to "fill in" hollow areas of the face.
Botox is a safe toxin that weakens the muscles of facial expression. Once the resting tone of the treated muscle is weakened, the pull of the muscles relax and the overlying skin flattens.
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