Do I Need BOTOX® or Dermal Fillers?

If you’ve considered aesthetic treatments to counter the impact of facial aging, you’ve probably thought about getting BOTOX® or dermal filler injections as a possible answer. But what is the difference between them, and which is better for you?

Unlike anti-wrinkle creams, moisturizers, and other beauty products, injectable neuromodulators and fillers directly impact underlying tissue and surface skin. Therefore, you should only trust medical professionals to perform your injections for a safe treatment with optimal results. 

BOTOX® and fillers are cosmetic injectables employed to offset the appearance of wrinkles and lines or replace volume loss. However, they don’t work the same way, and you’ll need to consider specific details. Here is what you should know to choose wisely between BOTOX® and dermal fillers.


BOTOX® is the brand name of botulinum neurotoxin A, a chemical that creates temporary paralysis. It targets facial muscles, limiting their movement to allow expression lines to soften.

For example, when we inject BOTOX® into your forehead, those muscles won’t contract when you frown, squint, or raise your eyebrows in surprise.

BOTOX® injections can help resolve the following concerns:

·       Crow’s feet

·       Forehead furrows

·       Glabellar lines

·       Gummy smile

A BOTOX® session typically takes about 30 minutes, with its benefits lasting four to six months.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as facial fillers, address facial hollows, folds, wrinkles, and fine lines. 

One of the most essential components of dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar in our skin and connective tissue that is crucial for healing and repair. Dermal fillers also contain collagen, which is vital for smooth skin textures.

Unlike BOTOX®, dermal fillers add volume and hydrate skin, restoring lost collagen and elasticity to reduce wrinkles. Fillers can plump undereye hollows, temples, cheeks, and lips.

These are the most common areas dermal fillers can add volume and improve facial symmetry.

·       Under the eyes

·       Nose

·       Lips

·       Chin

·       Jawline

Dr. Michael Epstein employs various fillers at MAE Plastic Surgery. He uses the Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Radiesse® product lines, which last an average of six to 18 months before follow-up treatments are necessary.

BOTOX® or Dermal Fillers: Schedule Your Consultation Today

It doesn’t matter if you’re considering preventive BOTOX® or a dermal filler option to improve your overall skin appearance. But, to learn which procedure best suits your cosmetic concerns, schedule a consultation with MAE Plastic Surgery in Chicago today.

This confidential, in-person meeting is your chance to ask all the questions about whether you are a good candidate for BOTOX®, fillers, or both. Of course, this will depend on several factors, including your skin quality, static vs. dynamic wrinkles, and what you wish to accomplish with injectable treatments.


To learn more about BOTOX® and dermal fillers, reach out to Dr. Epstein. Schedule your consultation online or call our office at (847) 205-1680.