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The Difference Between Tissue Fillers and BOTOX®

The Difference Between Tissue Fillers and BOTOX®

For non-surgical cosmetic skin treatments, injectables are a popular choice. Two of the most popular forms of injectables are tissue fillers and BOTOX®. While they might seem similar at first there are key differences between the two. The differences are important to know when evaluating which injectable is the right choice for you and your skin goals. Either of these injectables might not be right for everyone, so knowing the differences can help you make an informed decision. In this article, we will be outlining what skin fillers and BOTOX® are and the key differences between these two injectables.

Defining the Differences Between BOTOX® and Skin Fillers

Both BOTOX® and fillers are injectables, primarily used for the treatment of wrinkles. Now, the main difference between the two is that BOTOX® works by paralyzing the underlying muscles to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, whereas fillers “fill in” wrinkles.

Both BOTOX® and tissue fillers are a non-surgical and minimally invasive option, with little to no downtime after the procedure. They are an excellent alternative to a surgical facelift.

What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a safe and effective way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is derived from a naturally occurring neurotoxin and works by paralyzing or relaxing the underlying muscles. This reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and can last as long as 3 to 5 months.

BOTOX® is also used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraines, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) tension and disorder.

What are skin or tissue fillers?
Tissue fillers are a popular anti-aging treatment. As with BOTOX®, tissue fillers are injectable. However unlike BOTOX®, they reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles through filling and plumping the skin. They are an effective, non-surgical option for softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles, restoring lost volume, and enhancing facial contours.

The Differences Between Fillers and BOTOX®
The key difference between BOTOX® and tissue fillers is that BOTOX® works by paralyzing and relaxing the underlying muscles, whereas fillers are used to restore a loss of volume. BOTOX® is also used as a preventative measure against the formation of new wrinkles, whereas fillers are a curative measure that “fills in” where volume has been lost. But tissue fillers can also be used to enhance the volume of thin lips or correct facial symmetry.

Secondly, a typical BOTOX® treatment appointment will last approximately 15 minutes. Comparatively, a typical tissue filler appointment can take between 15 to 30 minutes.

Lastly, the duration of the results differs fairly dramatically between the two options. BOTOX® results typically last anywhere from 3 to 5 months. Tissue fillers, however, can last anywhere from 3 up to 24 months.

Discover Which Option is Right for You At Okanagan Skin Care Centre

Depending on your desired results, tissue fillers, BOTOX®, or a combination of both might be the ideal solution. The important thing to remember is that BOTOX® works by relaxing the underlying muscles whereas fillers replace lost volume to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers can also potentially last longer than BOTOX®. Speak with a licensed and experienced skin professional to determine which option is right for you.

Okanagan Skin Care Centre can recommend the best injectable treatment to address your skin concerns. Our advanced skin care clinic uses cosmetic dermatology techniques to deliver highly effective, personalized skin care. We offer a wide variety of skin care services so that you can receive the ideal treatment to address your concerns and see optimal outcomes. To speak with a skin care professional and determine which cosmetic dermatology treatment is right for you, contact Okanagan Skin Care Centre at (250) 868-9290 or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll help you prolong the health and youthfulness of your skin! 


Q: How long do tissue fillers last?
A: Tissue fillers can last anywhere between 3 to 24 months, with the timeframe depending largely on the amount of filler injected and the treatment area 

Q: Are tissue fillers better than BOTOX®?
A: The short answer is no. Tissue fillers and BOTOX® are neither superior or inferior to the other. Both BOTOX® and tissue fillers are often used together for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, by reducing the appearance of them and by filling in lost facial volume.

Q: Can men use tissue fillers?
A: More and more men are opting for tissue fillers to address the signs of aging. Although tissue filler treatment for men is tailored to address the needs of males, the results are very similar. For more information, read Tissue Fillers For Men.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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