Dermal Fillers and Botox®: What’s the difference?

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In the quest for everlasting beauty, many people are turning to dermal fillers and Botox®. Both of these procedures help to keep wrinkles at bay and maintain a youthful-looking complexion for longer. It’s commonly thought that both treatments are synonymous with each other, but there are some distinct differences between the two.  If you’re considering either of the procedures, it’s impoPreview (opens in a new window)rtant to find out which is the right one for you to ensure you get the best results.

What are dermal fillers?      

Dermal fillers are used to prevent or eliminate the visible signs of aging. As we age, the natural collagen and elastin within the skin diminishes, making the skin look thinner, looser and more prone to wrinkles. Dermal fillers fill the skin with hyaluronic acid, helping to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production to plump and lift the skin.

During the procedure, hyaluronic acid is injected into the problem areas through a tiny needle. The practitioner will place a series of injections into each area and will usually massage the area after the treatment. The treatment doesn’t take long to perform and is generally completed in under half an hour.

Facial fillers are perfect for combating ‘static wrinkles’ which are visible even when your face is completely relaxed. These areas of the face, such as the lips and around the eyes, are especially prone to collagen depletion so will certainly benefit from the effects of dermal fillers.

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What is Botox®?

Botox® is the trade name for a natural, purified protein known as ‘botulinum toxin’ which works to provisionally relax the muscles in the face. Botox® is often used to prevent wrinkles from developing or worsening, helping to maintain a youthful appearance.

During the treatment, Botox® is injected directly into the muscle which causes the frown lines to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles.

Botox® works to block the nerve signals to certain muscles, helping to relax them and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the skin. Unlike dermal fillers, Botox® is perfect for reducing ‘dynamic wrinkles’, which occur with facial expressions, such as laughter lines and frown lines.

Which treatment is right for me?

If you’re considering either Botox® or dermal fillers, it’s important to understand what kind of wrinkles you’re trying to treat in order to assess which treatment is right for you.

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Dynamic wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are formed as a result of muscle movement. When the muscle beneath the skin moves, the skin stretches in order to accommodate these movements. When we’re younger, the skin is able to bounce back after these movements. However, as we age, the skin becomes less resilient due to a loss of collagen, making it harder for the skin to bounce back.

Some forms of dynamic wrinkles include:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown Lines
  • Smile lines
  • Forehead lines

If you’re concerned about dynamic wrinkles, then Botox® is the best form of treatment for you.

Static wrinkles

As we age and our skin loses collagen and elastin, the skin starts to sag and is unable to bounce back like it used to. Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles are visible on the face even when it’s completely neutral.

Some examples of static wrinkles include:

  • Marionette lines
  • Nasiolabial folds
  • Jaw line

If you’re concerned about static wrinkles on your face, then dermal fillers are the perfect cosmetic treatment for you.

Are there any side effects?

Both Botox® and dermal fillers are extremely safe procedures. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, they do carry a slight risk of side effects.

Dermal fillers side effects

Dermal fillers are usually made from hyaluronic acid, as substance which is naturally present in the body, so reactions are extremely rare. Some of the most common side effects of fillers include:

  • Bruising at the injection site
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Itching
  • Lumps under the skin

Botox® side effects

Botox® has been used for over two decades and has been said to be an incredibly safe medication, so side effects are extremely unlikely. The side effects of Botox® are generally short-term and include:

  • Bruising at the injection site
  • Redness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Bleeding at the injection site
  • Swelling of the injection site
  • Eyelid drooping

 

Both Botox® and dermal fillers are incredibly effective ways to ensure you stay looking youthful for longer. Before going ahead with any treatments, it’s important to carry out extensive research into qualified practitioners in your area to ensure you find the best one. Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions when you arrive for your treatment – you’re trusting your practitioner with your face, so you need to make sure they know what they’re talking about!

After a thirty minute procedure, you’ll be ready to flaunt your youthful new looks.

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