The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
So, you’ve decided it’s time for some facial rejuvenation using Botox or dermal fillers – good decision.

Botox and dermal fillers are two of the best treatments to combat the signs of ageing, without all the hassle and expense of surgery. Plus, with almost no recovery time needed, you can get straight back to your day-to-day.

But before you choose between snoozing and schmoozing, there’s still one more decision to make regarding your fabulous future face: are you deciding on dermal fillers, or bringing on the Botox?

What’s the difference, anyway?

Understanding that can be a bit of a headache, so let’s break it down:

The Facts

Although both Botox and dermal fillers will leave you looking younger and fresher, there are significant differences in how they achieve that, as well as which parts of your face they’re used for.

Botox treatment focuses on the signs of ageing that result from muscle movement. Whether you’re laughing, frowning or focusing, unsightly wrinkles form around the facial muscles over time – think crow’s feet, forehead creases, and laughter lines.

These blemishes are also known as dynamic wrinkles as they’re usually only noticeable when you’re moving your face and making expressions. Botox injections reduce both the visibility and movement of dynamic wrinkles.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, work on static wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that aren’t caused by movement and can be seen even when you aren’t moving your face. Static wrinkles are usually found on the lower parts of a face, around the mouth and cheeks.

As well as working on static wrinkles, dermal fillers are also used for lip enhancement, for filling in sunken parts of the face, and for generally ‘plumbing’ up any area that needs it (such as the cheeks).

Every person has a different face, and every face reacts differently to ageing – treatment that works for you won’t necessarily be the best treatment for someone else. Did Cathy from the office have crow’s feet? Did your best friend Bethany want bigger lips?

Identifying your problem areas will be the biggest factor in deciding between Botox and dermal fillers.

The Secret ‘Ingredients’

Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar that’s found in body tissue like skin and cartilage. When we’re young, this acid is usually found in abundance in our skin, giving us that lovely plumbed-up, healthy look.

The hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is usually sourced from a bacterium or from avian; sometimes there’s extra material added that makes the filler last longer.

The other common ingredient in the dermal filler recipe for youth is collagen. This protein can also be found in the skin as well as other bodily tissues. Collagen for dermal fillers is usually taken either from human cells or from bovine.

Almost every different type of dermal filler contains ingredients that will be completely absorbed by the body over time.

Botox is made from a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum, which is the toxin often associated with food poisoning and, well, botulism – of course, the amount used in Botox is substantially smaller and completely safe! It’s a neuromuscular blocking drug, which basically means it stops the transmission of chemicals that make the muscles move.

A Quick Aside

It’s vital to understand the side effects and the risks of any procedure, so let’s have a quick look at the side effects.

With Botox, the most common side effect is light bruising and mild pain around the area that was injected. Some people may also get a headache and flu-like symptoms that will usually go away within a day or two. Botox injections around the eye area can sometimes cause temporary drooping of the eyelids.

More serious side effects caused by Botox include blurred vision and breathing difficulty, but fortunately these are very, very rare.

The general side effects associated with dermal fillers are bruising, itching, rashes, infection, and swelling. In very rare cases, the filler may also form lumps or move away from the original injection area.

Dermal fillers are generally believed to carry more risks than Botox, although there’s a lack of clear research comparing the two treatments.

At Face Value

So now you know what they do and what they’re made of, but that still leaves the most important question of all: which one is better value?

Unfortunately, there isn’t really a simple answer to this one.

Many people want to find the cheapest option available, or the one with the longest-lasting effects. Unfortunately, the cheapest treatment is rarely the safest treatment. Always be wary of vastly under-priced treatments and unqualified practitioners.

Rupesh Shah Aesthetics offers fixed prices for all treatments which are always administered by himself only.

You should see a noticeable improvement with Botox after a few days, and the results normally last up to four months. With dermal fillers, the results can last from four months to two years.

When researching whether to have Botox or dermal fillers, many people will try to offset the cost by the results length. However, the procedure that has the best value depends on which one will have the most impact on reducing your signs of ageing.

In other words, it’s all about the face value.

Trying to work out the differences between Botox and dermal fillers may feel a bit like playing ‘Spot the Difference’ – at first glance they’re much of a muchness, but the longer you look, the more you’ll notice the little differences. And when it comes to facial rejuvenation, it’s the little differences that can make a big difference in the long run.

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