What is the difference between Botox and Fillers?

Botox versus fillers


We hear this question all the time! But trust us, we didn’t always know the answer either until our physicians told us everything we know! 

The simple answer is this: 


Botox and comparable products relax muscles, causing less facial movement, and in turn, begin smoothing out facial lines and preventing future ones from appearing! Think about those pesky crows feet lines, forehead lines, and lines between the brows! 

Fillers “fill” in areas where volume is desired or has been lost. Think about filling in those smile lines, sunken under-eye area, or plumping up your cheeks and lips. We can even create a smooth, precise jaw line with filler. 

If you want a little more in depth information about Botox and Fillers, here you go: 

Neuromodulators (Botulinum Toxin-A; commercially known as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeaveau) are nearly painless, wrinkle-reducing injections. These toxins are injected directly into the underlying muscle, causing it to relax and gradually smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin. The effects vary from person to person, however, these toxins last on average around 3-4 months. 

The most common areas to be treated with Botox are frown lines and crow’s feet! The amount of “units” needed per area for treatment will be prescribed by our injecting physician, Dr. Ivan Cvik, and are based on the strength of the muscle. 

How do we tell how strong the muscle is? Every time you come into the office, you’ll be asked to make weird faces! We’ll ask you to smile, look surprised, and frown! It might be a little awkward and goofy, but that’s exactly how we tell the strength of the muscle and correctly prescribe the perfect amount of Botox units for you! 

Downtime? Hardly! Botox needles are so tiny, they may feel like a tiny bee sting (if that) and there may be some temporary swelling/redness that will go away within a few hours tops. 

Don’t forget! Results generally take anywhere from 3-7 days to fully kick in! Make sure you schedule accordingly if you’re having an upcoming event or plans that you’d like to be ready for. 

Extra cool facts about Botox and similar Neuromodulators: 

How long have people been using Botox?
Botox was first used in 1977 to treat muscle spasms in eyes! However, it was in 1996 that physicians first started injecting Botox for cosmetic reasons and was officially approved by the FDA in 2002! 

Best age to start receiving Botox? Drum roll…..
22! Why 22? Because if you were to start receiving Botox injections at 22, you could prevent the wrinkles that 35+ year old’s are working hard towards erasing!

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating):
Botox can be used to treat excessive sweating under the arms. (Hyperhidrosis)

Botox injections can help alleviate the pain associated with migraines. 

Botox injections can greatly help relieve jaw tension for many patients

Flawless Skin (looks like you have a real life photo filter on)
Botox can be microneedled into the skin, shrinking pore size. The closest thing we can compare it to is magic! 


muscle structure facial

We could talk all day about how cool Botox is and we think the 7,437,378 people that received Botox injections in 2018 would agree, however, let’s dive in a little deeper with fillers! 

Fillers are generally Hyaluronic Acid injections that create volume for up to 12 months! We know you’ve probably seen an abundance of products stating that they contain Hyaluronic Acid and the popularity of this ingredient has taken flight over the past few years, filling cosmetic and skincare store shelves. 

But what is it? Hyaluronic Acid is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body. It’s mostly found in your skin, connective tissue, and eyes. The main function of Hyaluronic acid is to help retain water and to keep your tissues hydrated. 

Why is Hyaluronic Acid the ingredient they chose to use for filler injections? Because that clear, smooth, amazing gooey product not only adds silky, undetectable volume, but it also draws moisture to it, helping it to stay plump, not lose it’s shape and volume, and helps to hydrate the outer-laying skin! Let’s not forget that it’s also NATURAL! We can’t think of a dreamier choice! 

Fillers are most commonly used to replace loss of volume or to plump desired areas. With the perfect filler, Dr. Ivan Cvik can create a flawless jawline, perfectly contoured cheeks (get that highlighter, ready!), a balanced profile (hate that bump in your nose?), and those plump lips you’ve been daydreaming about! Fillers are also an amazing treatment for both deep and shallow lines around the mouth, and treating under-eye bags or hollowing! 

How much will I need? We wish we knew off the top of our heads, but the truth is that we can’t give you an exact answer offhand. A complimentary design consultation is the perfect answer to this question! Let our physician and clinical aesthetician provide you with a detailed skin analysis and assessment. They’ll create a customized treatment plan with results you’re guaranteed to love! 

Downtime and pain? Minimal! Their can be bruising and swelling associated with Filler injections. However, these symptoms should dissipate within 72 hours. Dr. Ivan Cvik’s cutting-edge cannula techniques also ensure a flawless experience with minimal to no bruising and swelling. MedSpa 22 also offers a multitude of ways to eliminate any pain. 

Don’t forget! While we barely see any bruising with our patients, bruising is POSSIBLE. Please schedule your filler appointment accordingly if you have any events or special days coming up soon! 

Fun facts about fillers: 

Fillers are over 100 years old!
Fillers were invented in the late 1800’s by an Austrian surgeon named Robert Gersuny (he used vaseline for filler injections!) I’d say we’ve come a long way since then! 

It’s Popular!
2nd most popular treatment in 2018 according to the National Plastic Surgery Statistics!
Runner up to Botox! 

It takes A LOT to over-do it
New patients to fillers may be slightly terrified walking in to talk about this procedure. We see horror stories everywhere about giant, deformed looking lips, or some other extremity. The truth is that it actually takes A LOT of filler to create these crazy, dramatic results. Our best recommendation? Choose a physician that’s been practicing cosmetic injections for 2+ years, stays current on continued education and advanced techniques, and fully understands the results your looking for! (Dr. Ivan Cvik is a great choice by the way… not that we’re biased or anything.) 

We can fix drooping ear lobes in 20 minutes with some light filler injections! This completely changes the way you wear earrings! 

Non Hyaluronic Acid Based Fillers can be more permanent!
Not all fillers are made with Hyaluronic Acid
At MedSpa 22, we offer Sculptra & Radiesse and these are collagen stimulating products that work overtime to create results that last up to 5 years! Call to find out more! 

Does it matter who injects you? Yes!!!! You could have the BEST product on the market, but if you’re not in the hands of a skilled, knowledgeable, and meticulous injector you could easily become a victim to results you wouldn’t even want for free, let alone results you had to invest in! You are a million percent allowed to be picky! We can’t say enough about Dr. Ivan Cvik’s injection skills and how amazing he is, but if you’ve stumbled upon this blog and don’t live anywhere near us, we highly recommend interviewing your injector prior to receiving services to check their qualifications and make sure you’re comfortable… (or just buy a plane ticket and come see us! You deserve a vacation anyway!) 

If you have any more questions about the difference between Botox and Fillers, or you’re ready for treatment and can no longer hold back the excitement, give us a call at your earliest convenience! We’d love to hear from you. (239)500-SPAS(7727)