Botox vs Fillers – what is the difference between them?

Botox and fillers are injection treatments administered by trained medical professionals to cosmetically improve the look of wrinkles and to plump and smooth the skin. Even though there are many similarities between the two, there are also significant differences.

At Novuskin, it’s crucial for them to offer the safest injections and that our guests feel informed and confident about their treatments.

Our guests have great questions to ask when they arrive at their clinic or medspa for injections. You may have questions too, such as, ‘which is better?’ and ‘is it safe?’. Let’s address these two questions right out of the gate.

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Which is better? Botox or fillers?

Just because Botox and fillers are both injectables doesn’t mean they are the same. So it’s impossible to answer the question, which is better. Here are the primary differences:

Botox is a neurotoxin used to stop muscles from contracting. Areas that receive Botox injections for wrinkles appear to have minimized lines typically caused by facial expressions over time.

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Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that add fullness to thinner areas of the skin. These may be wrinkles, or they may simply be areas you would like to see be fuller and more prominent, such as the lips, cheeks, or nose.

Are they safe?

Botox and dermal fillers are both very safe, and we will explore why by looking at their contents and indications. Botox is a medical procedure and should be treated as such. When you’re searching for local Botox injections, be sure you find a clinic or medspa that has a medical professional on staff to perform all injections. Injections may hurt a little but are minimally-invasive and allergic reactions are rare.

If you’re considering either Botox or dermal fillers, this article will explore these topics:

  • What is Botox?
  • What are dermal fillers?
  • How long do Botox and fillers last?
  • Are fillers more expensive than Botox?
  • What age should you get them?
  • Where can you get Botox and dermal fillers?

What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name of an injectable fluid used to block nerve signals in the injection site. Botox, or botulinum toxin, is made from a bacteria that is quite deadly if we’re honest. However, the amount of toxin used in each injection is so incredibly tiny, the treatment is overwhelmingly safe. 

According to, less than one gram of the purified form of the toxin is enough to make the world’s supply of Botox for an entire year.

In clinical doses and when used in the correct therapeutic method, Botox is very safe. Even when Botox is ‘botched’ and paralysis of the incorrect muscles occurs, Botox is not dangerous. It just looks bad. That’s why it’s important to have a doctor or nurse perform all injectable treatments. 

Where is Botox Injected?

Common Botox injection by sites include face lines like forehead wrinkles, between the eyebrows (11 lines), around the mouth (marionette lines, smile lines), and around the eyes (crows feet). Botox can even improve the look of deep wrinkles. Botox can also be used to treat some medical conditions that can benefit from minor muscle or nerve paralyses such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the armpits or palms.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin. These injection fillers restore lost volume, which is often the cause of many common signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. 

Dermal fillers smooth lines, fill in wrinkles and soften creases. Face fillers can even enhance facial contours and are used in treatments like temporary cheek plumping, lip plumping, and even temporary nose jobs.


These injectable fluids are made from various naturally-occurring chemicals, such as lactic acid and hyaluronic acid. Some, like hyaluronic filler, are found in our own body, and others are biocompatible (meaning they are found in nature and are safe to use in the body). 

What Can Dermal Fillers Do?

Skin fillers are sold under brand names such as Juvederm, Radiessse, and Sculptra. These soft tissue fillers help to temporarily reduce visible signs of aging. Fillers can smooth wrinkles, but interesting new uses for fillers are making a dent in the plastic surgery market as highly specialized use allows for a mimicked look of rhinoplasty and other plastic surgery. 

The ‘5-Minute’ or ‘Lunch Hour’ nose job is not a myth, and many women are using fillers to give themselves a whole new appearance while avoiding surgery. Fillers are injected into and around the nose to fill out areas that are bumpy, asymmetrical, or uneven for a more uniform appearance.

Similar results can be achieved in the cheeks and lips, adding fullness.

How Long do Botox and Fillers Last?

It’s important to remember that the results from Botox and fillers are temporary. If you like the look fillers provide, keep in mind you may have to have the treatment performed regularly to keep up a more permanent look.

Botox: The paralyzing effects of Botox last 3-4 months on average. Many people report their first treatment lasts only 2 months, but subsequent treatments lasting much longer. This is an important consideration since the look of Botox will need to be maintained fairly frequently.

Fillers: The amount of time a filler treatment lasts is dependent on the brand name used and the area in which it’s injected. Some dermal fillers last only 3 months, while other last up to 2 years. The average filler results will last 6-12 months, and the only way to know for sure how long your particular look will last is to speak to the medical professional who will perform your injections.

Are Fillers More Expensive Than Botox?

Fillers and Botox are often sold by the unit or the vial, and you may also pay for the injection procedure itself. Prices vary depending on the amount of product you buy, who makes it, and who will be injecting it, so the best thing to do when considering the cost is to book a consultation with your dermatologist or medspa.

On average, fillers tend to be slightly more expensive than Botox. But we warn you against Botox or filler deals that seem too good to be true. While reputable businesses may run a sale on vials, if the price has you aghast at the savings, it may be a trap. Genuine injectables are expensive for businesses to purchase, so they shouldn’t be priced at an unrealistically cheap rate.

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What Age Should You Get Them?

Depending on the indication, you can begin getting Botox treatments as young as in your 20s. While Botox is more popular with the 40+ crowd, it can also be used as a preventative aging treatment. So if you have the means, you can certainly begin early! However, many women do not see the need and come for Botox treatments after wrinkles have already become visible.

Dermal fillers are used at every age for a multitude of reasons. Of course, women are getting lip injections at younger and younger ages. When you speak to your medical professional, they will ask a series of health history questions to assess whether you are a suitable candidate, and will also discuss any potential risks you may encounter before you decide.

Where can you get Botox and dermal fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers should be available at medical spas and clinics near you. A search for ‘local Botox injections’ or ‘dermal fillers near me’ should bring up plenty of great locations in your area, and from that, you can assess some important criteria.

  • The location itself. You should be booking your appointments at reputable locations. Make sure any please you choose has excellent reviews. 
  • Day spas and salons should not be performing injection services unless they employ a dermatologist or medical professional to administer them. 
  • Ask who will be performing your injections and what their education and experience is. You can also ask if they have any “before and after” style proof of their work.
  • Get a treatment plan. You should know exactly how your fillers will work and how often you’ll need them at your consultation so there are no big surprises.

Botox and dermal fillers are safe and effective methods of controlling signs of aging and even changing the shape of your facial features. Find a reputable business and you should feel confident and comfortable, every step of the way. 

At Novuskin, Las Vegas’ premier med spa clinic, they employ highly trained cosmetic medical professionals to perform all our injection therapies.  Besides, they also offer you a consultation to discuss your goals, the risks, and especially the benefits of your treatment, and offer you alternatives, should you decide injections aren’t for you. You can visit them at 7155 South Rainbow Blvd. #200, Las Vegas, NV, 89118 or call our concierge at (702) 840-4848.