What are Fillers?

Dermal fillers are natural substances that can be used to fill in deep lines on the face or to replace volume that has been lost over the years.  It is not uncommon for both women and men to feel that they’ve lost volume in their cheeks, or that their smile lines are getting deeper with time.  Dermal fillers address both of these problems by adding back the lost volume to smooth out the skin and give you back your more youthful appearance.

Are Fillers the Same as Botox?

Dermal fillers and Botox are very different, though they can be used nicely together to improve the appearance of your skin.  While Botox is a protein that relaxes the overactive muscles of the face (to decrease wrinkle formation), dermal fillers add volume.  Dermal fillers do not affect the muscles of the face; rather, they actually fill in areas of volume loss or deep wrinkles.  While the effects of Botox last up to 4 months, dermal fillers last between 6 months and 2 years.  Botox and dermal fillers are often used together, to smooth out the dynamic muscles of the face due to overactivity and to improve areas of volume loss over time.