Dr. Lina Triana

Know the differences between botox and hyaluronic acid

In recent years, these procedures have become great allies in treating aging signs in patients around the world. Although people generally tend to associate them as if they were a single product, here I will clarify what their main differences are and the uses that each of them has.

Hyaluronic acid

It is a component that occurs naturally in our body, whether in the joints, cartilage and skin, with the aim of providing us with deep hydration and as support to keep it looking young.The normal aging process causes the density and production of this hyaluronic acid to decrease, making it difficult to maintain volume in areas such as cheekbones, tear tough, nasolabial folds, etc; so static wrinkles and sagging begin to appear on the face.The application of hyaluronic acid allows to give volume and hydrate those areas that the patient needs and with an effect of around 18 to 24 months.

It is important to note that there are two types of hyaluronic acid that will be used according to the patient’s needs, one more dense than the other, which will allow filling in areas such as lips, cheekbones, nose, chin, fill deep wrinkles, fill groove nasogenianos and even in labia majora of the vagina to improve its appearance.


Botulinum toxin, or botox as its trade name is a neurotoxin that is used for medical purposes in aesthetic medicine. When injected, this substance relaxes muscle fibers to reduce their power of contraction, allowing the appearance of wrinkles to decrease. The so-called dynamic or expression wrinkles can also be called hyaluronidase. Botulinum toxin is also given other uses such as reversing excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) or in people who suffer from bruxism, allowing to alleviate the symptoms of this pathology.Botulinum toxin is also given other uses such as reversing excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) or in people who suffer from bruxism, allowing to alleviate the symptoms of this pathology.


Differences between botox and hyaluronic acid

The areas of application of botox and hyaluronic acid are different, botox is applied in the upper third of the face, while hyaluronic acid can be applied in different areas of the face, including the body.- Botox does not provide volume, it will only allow the muscle to be paralyzed, preventing the production of wrinkles due to movement. For its part, hyaluronic acid is used to give volume in some areas. RecommendationsThe application of either hyaluronic acid or botox, being a minimal invasive procedure that requires microinjections, must always be applied by a professional who has the knowledge, training and experience to perform it; It must be carried out in duly equipped and suitable facilities, complying with all safety protocols for the patient, as well as it is important that the patient verify which substance is going to be used, that it has the endorsement of the health department and demands that the product be open in patient’s presence.