In a nutshell, Botox® can be thought of as a wrinkle preventer; whereas, filler helps to erase existing lines and give volume back. Of course, they can be used together and often they help correct different cosmetic concerns. Botox® is often used to eliminate frown lines between the eyes, soften crow’s feet and forehead lines, and can give the eyelids/brows a slight lift. By using Botox® in our thirties and early forties, lines do not have the opportunity to become etched in and permanent. This does not mean it will not help soften lines for those in their forties and on. On the other hand, filler (Restylane®, Juvederm®) is a natural substance that is injected just below the skin to give volume. When lines become furrows, some filler may be added. For those that wish to have fuller lips, this is the product to give you that enhanced look. If the corners of your mouth have become down turned, or cheeks are drawn in, filler will help to restore these areas to look more youthful. Newer products are now available to help sculpt noses, chins and jaw lines. Fillers are safe and well tolerated. Most are non-permanent and will slowly disappear by breaking down over time. There are some that can last for many months to many years. Depending on the area treated and the look desired, there is a filler to suit your needs. Both Botox® and filler have little to no down time, are virtually painless and much less expensive than plastic surgery. To find a qualified injector in your area check www.restylane.ca or call us for a free no-obligation consultation.