The difference between Botox and dermal fillers

The difference between Botox and dermal fillers

We’ve all heard of Botox and dermal fillers, and we all know they’re injectable treatments for the face and the body, but it’s important to acknowledge that there are many differences between the two treatments. This stems from what they are both made from, how they work and the results they achieve. At One Skin Clinic our aim is to reveal to you the differences for both treatments.

 

What they’re made from

The differences begin, but do not end, with what the substances used are made from. Botox is made from regulated and FDA approved medical toxin that is available through prescription and is injected as a liquid. Dermal fillers on the other hand are a gel like substance that contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring skin protein used in skin hydration and laxity.

 

How they work

As mentioned, both of these treatments work in very different ways in the skin and face. Dermal fillers for starters, are a gel that is placed in your soft tissue. They don’t move from that area and get to work immediately to plump and restructure the treated area. They add volume to areas of the face to change its appearance. Botox on the other hand isn’t injected into the skin, but directly into the muscle. The toxin is injected into the muscle to stop it contracting as aggressively, limiting its animation and therefore preventing the muscles form creasing the skin during expression.

 

Where they treat

Because dermal fillers are used for soft tissue augmentation, they’re very popular in areas such as the lips, cheeks, and jawline. They can also be placed to lift certain areas that have thinned and are therefore creating facial folds, such as your marionette lines. Botox can be used in expressive areas of the face to limit wrinkles and fine lines, so it’s main treatment areas include the crow’s feet, laughter lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, and forehead lines when the brows are raised.

 

Alternative uses for dermal fillers and Botox

Dermal fillers treatment areas continue to expand as new training and procedures and findings develop every day. Advances areas include the tear troughs, jawline, hands, and even injections in the décolletage (chest, breast and collarbone). Similarly, Botox has also developed into alternative uses, though for more medical practices. For example, Botox injections can be used to treat excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis. Using the same process, small amounts of Botox are injected into treatment areas such as the underarms and hairline to limit sweat production. This treatment is known to limit excessive sweat production for up to 6 months.

 

Who performs the treatments

These treatments should really only be performed by medical professionals, since they are injectable substances being placed within your skin. Botox is only available through prescription, and therefore can only be performed by medical professionals and independent prescribers. However, dermal fillers in the UK are currently a non-prescription treatment because of the natural components the use, which means technically anyone can perform them. We urge for you not to take this route and visit a medically professional team because you increase your risks when you visit a non-medical professional.

 

 

Dermal fillers and Botox in London are available from the medically trained hands of One Skin Clinic. Book your initial consultation today and start your dermal filler and Botox journey today.