Fillers vs. Neuromodulators

    Basically injectables are broken into two groups; fillers and neuromodulators. The well-known product Botox is the prototype of the neuromodulator group. A few newer products have entered the market in this group recently.


    Fillers are injected to plump, or fill, up the skin, mostly in the lower 2/3 of the face, to treat (or soften) facial lines, wrinkles, depressions and defects. Fillers add “volume” to the face where supportive tissue has been lost. The most commonly treated areas are the nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines and lip augmentation. There are several other areas that can be successfully treated by talented injectors.


    Neuromodulators are injected into facial muscles to decrease or stop their movements (contracting), mostly in the upper 1/3 of the face, that are responsible for the underlying cause of upper face lines and wrinkles. The most common areas treated with neuromodulators are crow’s feet, forehead and frown lines. There are several other areas that can be treated by experienced injectors.