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Botox or Filler: What’s the Diff?

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Botox or Filler: What’s the Diff?

Get the Lowdown on the Facial Injection Craze

Newport Beach, Calif. – An irksome wrinkle, sagging eyelids, fine lines that are anything but – these and other signs of aging leave us wondering how exactly to go about putting our best face forward, as the old saying goes. The answer for millions of Americans? Cosmetic injections.

By far the most popular facial injection is botulinum toxin. In 2014, injections of this – Botox is an example – accounted for 6.7 million cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Soft tissue fillers, such as Juvederm, accounted for another 2.3 million, the ASPS says.

“So many people count facial injections as their go-to cosmetic enhancement because they’re super effective and not the least bit invasive,” says board-certified cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. “But it’s important to know that Botox and fillers work in unique ways. Having a surgeon who understands the difference is essential to getting the results you want.”

“While Botox and fillers aren’t interchangeable,” the Newport Beach plastic surgeon adds, “they can work in tandem for even more natural-looking results.”

So What’s the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?

First, the similarities. Both are naturally derived substances that are injected with a fine needle into specific facial areas to smooth and refine the skin. As for the differences, botulinum toxin is a purified protein that relaxes muscles in order to reduce facial lines. Fillers use Hyaluronic Acid to restore volume in areas that appear sagging, hallow or wrinkled.

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*Individual Results May Vary

What to Expect From an Injection Treatment

Facial injections typically take less than an hour to complete, and patients often see instantaneous results. In some cases, mild bruising or swelling occurs at the injection site, but a little makeup covers this up.

How Long Do the Results Last?

With botulinum toxin, patients typically report three to six months of benefit. Fillers can last longer, possibly 18 to 24 months. Results do vary by individual, however.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

What to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Injections

  • What are your qualifications?
  • Can I see before and after photos of other patients who have undergone this same treatment?
  • Of what side effects should I be aware?
  • What products and brands are you using on me and have they been extensively tested?

With the right practitioner, a facial injection can be just the touch-up you need to look more youthful and refreshed. But the saying “botched Botox” is in our vernacular for a reason. Be sure to work with an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon who knows the difference between just enough and too much.

“You want to look like a younger version of yourself, not someone else completely,” says Dr. Lawton.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.


About Dr. Tenley Lawton

Located in Newport Beach, Calif., Dr. Lawton is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in an array of services, including liposuction, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and facelift procedures. Renowned in Orange County for her expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Lawton is an active speaker locally and nationally, sharing her experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. For more information on Dr. Lawton, please visit To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawton and to learn more about facelifts or other procedures, please contact (949) 640-0999.

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