What is the Difference Between Neuromodulators and Filler?

neuromodulators vs. fillers

-by Rachel Marino Noto RN, LE

We have many first-time clients who come in to their injectable appointments knowing the area they are looking to improve, but who are honestly confused about which injectable will achieve their goal. With so many injectable options available today, it can be hard to know what type to use. That’s where we come in!

When thinking about injectables, the choice of product depends on the area of the face to be treated and the desired outcome. We have different ways of approaching each, and therefore different products that we use to achieve the goal.

What Are Neuromodulators Used For?

First, neuromodulators. What is a neuromodulator? Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau® are all neuromodulators. They all deliver the end result of temporary muscle paralysis in the area treated to smooth, tighten, relax and release tension.

Popular areas injected are the glabella, or “11” lines, frontalis (forehead creases), crow’s feet (around the eyes), masseter muscle (for TMJ tension), gummy smile, nasalis (bunny lines), and lip flips. We use this neuromodulator in the area where we temporarily want to decrease muscle pull and movement.

What is Filler Used For?

With fillers, we like to think about volume and support. Products such as Juvéderm®, Voluma®, Restylane®, and many more are some of the popular filler products we use to achieve desired results.

Areas we typically treat are the lips, tear troughs, cheeks, jawline, chin, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and much more. These areas are usually where we lose volume, fat, and bone as we age, so we use filler to enhance them by giving more support, volume, and fullness. This replaces what’s been lost over time or achieves your desired aesthetic proportion.

How Long Do Injectables Last?

Another question we often get is longevity. Neuromodulators last anywhere from 3-4 months from the time of injection, and fillers last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the filler and placement of the product.

Both fillers and neuromodulators can be used alone or together in order to achieve your desired goal. The best way to determine what treatment plan would achieve your goals is to book a consultation with one of our experienced, highly-trained injectors. At this appointment, your areas of concern will be examined and options presented tailored to your personal needs.

For more information about neuromodulators and fillers, contact our Medical Spa at 585.244.1010.

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