Ask The Injector: What Are The Differences Between Neurotoxins & Dermal Fillers?

This is a question that I frequently get asked during initial consultations. Neurotoxins and Dermal Fillers are both used to reverse the signs of aging. The difference between the two is how they work.

Neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are used to soften and prevent wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that are causing them. The most common areas where neurotoxins are used to soften wrinkles are the glabella (the area between your eyebrows that make the angry looking 11 lines), the forehead and the crows feet! It takes about 7-14 days for the neurotoxin to kick in and it lasts about 3 months. After it wears off, your muscles return to full movement. The lines and wrinkles do not become worse after the neurotoxin wears off, they will just slowly return to what they were if you do not stay consistent with treatments every 3-4 months.

Dermal Fillers such a Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse and Sculptra are used to restore volume. As we age our fat pads in the face shrink, we lose collagen, and our bone structure changes. Dermal fillers are injected into specific areas to lift your face and restore the youthfulness you once had. Fillers last anywhere from months to years, depending on which product is used. 

Looking for a subtle lip enhancement? Many Dermal fillers are also used for the lips, but gone are the days of the “overdone” look. We strive for natural and subtle lip results.



Not sure what would work best for you or what you might need? Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our skilled aesthetic injectors. 

About Our Injector: Jessica Myslikowski MS, PA-C, Aesthetic Consultant
Jessica has earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Florida and her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant studies from Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale. Since graduation, Jessica has been working as a Dermatology Physician Assistant with a focus on cosmetics. Jessica has advanced training and specializes in Botox and dermal fillers to create a restored natural appearance. She also provides the latest laser treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, facial spider veins, sun spots, skin resurfacing and tightening, hair removal, rosacea, and acne scar laser treatments. Jessica takes the time to evaluate each patient; studying their facial contours, highlights and shadows, as well as their unique muscle contractions. Using these methods, while educating the patient, she achieves the most natural look possible.


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