Botox or Dermal Filler – Which One Is Best for Me?

By Jeffrey Hsu, MD

Schaumburg, Illinois 60173

Physician (MD, DO), Dermatology


Schaumburg dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Hsu and Dr. Ashish Bhatia of Oak Dermatology provide a helpful summary of the different uses and benefits of neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) and dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane and others).

They describe how neurotoxins are particularly helpful for reducing the appearance of wrinkles where there is muscle movement, such as along the forehead, between the eyebrows, and the “crow’s feet” wrinkles lext to the eyes.

Dermal fillers, in contrast, fill in areas of lost volume as can occur with aging, such as on the cheeks or the temples. Dermal Fillers may also be used to “fill in” the tissue beneath wrinkles to reduce their appearance.

Dr. Hsu and Dr. Bhatia make it clear that the decision to use one form of treatment over another depends on the patient’s particular needs and and that sometimes both a neurotoxin and dermal filler may be used to achieve the desired outcome. “Sometimes Botox, sometimes filler, sometimes both.”