Dermal Fillers vs. BOTOX® Cosmetic: What’s the Difference?

BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers are popular non-surgical methods of reducing wrinkles and fine lines in the face, and they are both administered using injections. However, BOTOX® is designed to address different problems than dermal fillers, and these two treatments work in entirely different ways.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is essentially a muscle relaxer. It uses a substance called botulinum toxin-A to block the nerve signals that tell your facial muscles to contract. These muscle contractions are what cause dynamic wrinkles – the wrinkles formed by facial expressions. By blocking the signals that tell your muscles to contract, BOTOX® allows dynamic wrinkles to relax and soften.

In contrast, dermal fillers are designed to smooth out static wrinkles by replenishing volume that your skin has lost. Static wrinkles are caused when the collagen in the dermal layer of your skin begins to break down. We offer a variety of dermal fillers, each one designed to target a specific problem area in the face. Dr. Kleto will recommend the ideal option based on your unique needs. Sometimes, a combination of injectables may be necessary in order to obtain the best results.

If you have further questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers, please contact Dean Kleto, M.D. today or call (865) 366-4755 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Knoxville BOTOX® team. We serve patients in Knoxville, Sevierville, and surrounding areas of Knox County, Tennessee.


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