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Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: What’s the Difference?

A woman getting injected with Botox or dermal filler

Are you looking for an aesthetic treatment to help you look more youthful or rejuvenated? Two of our most popular and effective options are dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injections such as Botox. However, these treatments often get confused by patients. While both are delivered via a needle, their targets and effects differ significantly. Understanding these distinctions can help you feel confident that you are receiving the right treatment for your particular anti-aging goals.

Botox: The Muscle Relaxer

As we get older, the years of facial expressions create lines and wrinkles on our faces. Botox works by temporarily blocking the signals from nerves to specific muscles. This relaxation reduces the formation of wrinkles, particularly wrinkles that appear with movement like frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines. Botox is the well known brand name for a purified form of the botulinum toxin protein made by bacteria. Although it may sound scary, it is one of the safest products used for aesthetic treatments.

Botox Key Points

·        Targets: Facial muscles responsible for expression lines.

·        Effect: Relaxes muscles, preventing wrinkles from forming with movement.

·        Ideal for: Mild to severe wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows (glabellar lines), and around the eyes (crow's feet). It can also be used for a number of other areas with in the face, but these are the most common.

·        Results: Within 2 weeks, lasting 3-4 months on average

·        Prescription only: Botox can only be prescribed in a face-to-face meeting by a qualified medical practitioner, such as an independent nurse prescriber, doctor or dentist.

Dermal Fillers: The Volume Restorer

Dermal fillers come in various formulations, with hyaluronic acid (naturally found in the skin) being the key ingredient. Fillers are commonly used to address concerns such as:

·        Loss of volume: As we age, our natural collagen, fat positioning and bone density decline, leading to changes all over the face, most commonly noted in the cheeks, temples and lower face. Fillers replace this lost volume, restoring a youthful fullness.

·        Deep wrinkles and folds: Fillers can smooth out wrinkles like smile lines and marionette lines (mouth to the chin lines) by supporting the skin and adding volume to tissues.

·        Lip enhancement: Fillers can be used to add volume and definition to thin or uneven lips.

Fillers Key Points

·        Targets: Specific areas of the face that experiences volume loss like cheeks, lips, temples, under-eye hollows, pre auricular and peri oral areas.

·        Effect: It adds volume, reduces wrinkles and sculpts facial features

·        Ideal for: Loss of volume, deep wrinkles, lip enhancement and facial contouring.

·        Results: Usually visible immediately and typically lasts between 6 -18 months.


Which Treatment is the Best Option for Me?

Wrinkles from years of facial movement? 

Botox can be used to reduce the muscle strength that causes the lines, however, in some cases, deep lines that remain in the skin will require additional treatments to improve this.

Loss of volume and definition?

Dermal Fillers are ideal for restoring and sculpting.

Seeking both wrinkle reduction and volume enhancement? 

Combining Botox and fillers is a common strategy for a comprehensive rejuvenation approach.

Always Consult a Professional

Botox and fillers are safe and effective as long as a qualified medical professional administers them. During a consultation, discuss what look you hope to achieve and also any concerns you may have. An experienced clinician will talk through your options and recommend the most suitable for your goals. This may be a single or combination approach depending on the results you hope to achieve.

The Goddess Clinic

At The Goddess Clinic we always provide a full clinical consultation before starting any new treatment. Our ethos is to enhance your natural beauty, helping you achieve your personal, aesthetic goals. We will help you achieve a natural rejuvenated appearance, using premium products that we know are safe, have been tried and tested and deliver the results you are looking for. Get in touch to find out more or for a free consultation

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