Neuromodulators vs. Dermal Fillers

Posted on August 26, 2016

Over the past decade, minimally invasive treatments have become very popular among dermatology practices and individuals wishing to improve their appearance. These treatments include age-defying injectable solutions in two primary categories, neuromodulators, and dermal fillers. However, the two have different techniques and produce different results.

At the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine in Chicago, IL, our dermatologists provide both neuromodulators and dermal fillers to reverse signs of aging and achieve an overall beautiful skin appearance. Although both of these are types of injectables, the two are very different. During your initial consultation, we help determine which option is best for your cosmetic needs.


Neuromodulators are specially made to stop nerves temporarily from activating overused facial muscles. At CDAM, we offer the two most common neuromodulator injection treatments, Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®. When this formula is injected meticulously in the targeted muscles, these muscles stop contracting and halt pulling on the overlying skin, which leads smoothening of fine line and wrinkles.

Neuromodulator injection treatments are mostly effective in the forehead, brow, and eye area, but can be used in many other places on the face to help achieve a more youthful look. Results from Botox and Dysport last around three months, after which touch-up appointments are necessary to maintain results. Some individuals also use neuromodulators to prevent wrinkles and creases from forming at a younger age.

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Dermal Fillers

As we age, our skin goes through many changes, such as essential building blocks of healthy skin starting to diminish, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Dermal fillers are specially made to reverse this aging process by restoring volume and fullness to the face.

There are many types of dermal fillers, including Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvéderm®, Restylane™, and Sculptra®, all designed for particular locations of the face to tailor to various cosmetic desires. Each filler has its own unique longevity, with some lasting around six months and some lasting up to 2 years. In any case, dermal fillers are an excellent way to replenish worn facial features, or minimize the appearance of wrinkles, creases and fine lines by instantly adding volume underneath the skin to lift and smooth them out.

The Choice: Filler, Neuromodulator, or Both!

Choosing between fillers and neuromodulators greatly depends on the area being treated, your specific anatomy, and the changes desired. A quick example, if you have deep frown lines between your eyebrows, a neuromodulator is the best choice. However, if you have hollow cheeks and wish for a subtle plump and lift, a dermal filler is the right choice for you.

At CDAM, we believe in combination therapy and routine skin care maintenance to keep your skin looking its best. During your consultation, our dermatologists will review neuromodulators, dermal fillers, daily skin care, as well as the effects of diet and lifestyle on your skin.