What’s The Difference Between BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers?
They’re two of the world’s most widely requested cosmetic treatments but what’s the difference between BOTOX® and fillers? BOTOX® is used to treat dynamic facial lines or in other words, the lines which appear as a result of facial muscle movement. In contrast, fillers are used to treat static facial lines and add volume to enhance the appearance of certain facial features.
Both are available to patients at Harley Academy Clinics, but BOTOX® and fillers have very different yet effective methods of rectifying the signs of skin ageing. On this page, we’ve outlined the main differences between the two, and what to consider when booking your cosmetic treatment.
What is BOTOX®?
You might be surprised to know that BOTOX® is actually a brand name for a drug manufactured by Irish pharmaceutical giants Allergan. The scientific name for BOTOX® is Botulinum toxin, and this is the substance used in anti-wrinkle treatments all around the world. BOTOX® was approved as a cosmetic treatment to reduce the appearance of frown lines back in 2002, and it’s seeing a steady growth in use year on year. At Harley Academy Clinics we inject BOTOX® to treat forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and dimpled chins. You can find out more about those treatments by heading to our anti-wrinkle treatment page.
BOTOX® works by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the face that cause lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein which when injected into facial muscles stops them from contracting. Numerous brands manufacture Botulinum toxin, with BOTOX® being the most well known and tested.
You can expect to see some results from your BOTOX® treatment right away, but the full effects of the treatment can take up to two weeks to appear. Results from BOTOX® injections vary from patient to patient but typically last between three and six months.
What to Consider
It’s essential to ask as many questions as you need to before any cosmetic procedure, with Harley Academy Clinics or any other cosmetic clinic. Be sure you have received a full explanation of any possible side effects and instructions for post-treatment care of the treated area. Your cosmetic practitioner should explain the procedure in detail, and give you an outline of what results you should expect to see from your treatment.
Similarly, you should also expect your practitioner to be able to restrain from giving you treatment if they feel it would be detrimental to your appearance or well-being. All treatments at Harley Academy Clinics are supervised by expert cosmetic practitioners with many years of experience in delivering BOTOX® treatments to patients. Our practitioners all possess a strong passion and interest in the ethics of cosmetic medicine and may advise you against receiving BOTOX® should they believe it would detract from your appearance. Although this is rare, it’s important to note. Many less stringent cosmetic practices are prepared to treat patients regardless of the consequences.
Those interested in becoming a BOTOX® model with Harley Academy Clinics can find out more here.
Choose BOTOX® For
Forehead and Frown Lines
Forehead lines develop over time as the muscles in the forehead contract into a form of expression. For some patients forehead lines are deeper and appear in a greater concentration, BOTOX® treatments can be used to reduce their appearance.
Crow’s feet are the lines around the corners of the eyes which develop over time. Crow’s feet consist of laughter lines and wrinkles, and can deepen over time and worsen with exposure to sunlight.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are quite different from BOTOX®. Whereas BOTOX® is used to stop facial muscles contracting, fillers add volume to the skin and enhance the appearance of certain facial features. As humans age, collagen in the skin decreases in volume. This caused the skin to become thinner and less capable of self-repair.
The body’s stores of Hyaluronic Acid also depletes with age, causing folds, wrinkles and a more sunken appearance to develop. Injecting filler into certain facial features enhances their appearance by adding volume. This leaves your face with a rejuvenated, more youthful look.
As with BOTOX®, filler treatments involve the injection of a naturally occurring substance. Filler treatments are quick, non-invasive and relatively painless with patients only experiencing a small amount of discomfort upon injection with the syringe. Fillers are injected through a small needle and syringe.
You can expect to see the results of your filler treatment immediately with the treatment itself lasting no longer than one hour. Often procedures are shorter, lasting only a few minutes and you are free to return to work or your day right after completion of your treatment. Effects from fillers can last as long as 18 months after treatment but you are advised to seek medical attention immediately should post-treatment complications occur.
What to consider
As with BOTOX® treatments, your cosmetic clinician should be prepared and able to give you a full explanation of the procedure and any possible side effects before your filler is injected. Often patients have strong feelings about their facial features, and which ones they would like enhancing.It’s also important to be aware that fillers are only temporary and to maintain the results from your treatment you will be required to return to your clinician once the effects subside.
Patients are sometimes unsure about whether they should have BOTOX® or fillers. It is possible to have both in one appointment session, but it’s important to gather the advice from your cosmetic practitioner before you choose to do so. Similarly, your cosmetic practitioner will advise you on whether BOTOX® or fillers will give you the result you desire.
As a general overview, BOTOX® is used to treat dynamic wrinkles – the ones that appear with movement of the facial muscles. Fillers are often used to treat static wrinkles, those which you can see even when no facial muscles are being strained. They are also used to enhance the volume of facial features. It’s important to check with your cosmetic practitioner about the type of treatment you require before having either BOTOX® or fillers.
Choose fillers for
Lip and Chin Fillers
Lips are one of the facial features most affected by ages, and lip fillers have boomed in popularity since the turn of the decade. Lip fillers can be used to either smooth out the lines around the mouth, or to shape and define the lips to add volume. It is a brilliant treatment for those looking to smooth out facial lines caused by smoking.
As we age our faces begin to lose their youthful appearance and skin can be become saggy and appear more sunken. Fillers can be injected into the cheeks to enhance their volume and restore their appearance.