What's the difference between Botox® and Dermal Fillers?
Botox® is a brand of Botulinum Toxin Type A - which is used to 'freeze/relax' the muscles which contract to cause wrinkles. Common area to do this can be found around the eyes, frown lines and forehead where small creases are formed through day to day expressions. Different area can be treated in different ways.
Some people may prefer for areas to be 'completely smooth' without any wrinkles. Others prefer a more subtle effect, gently softened creases/wrinkles - and others somewhere in between! Desired effects from treatment can be discussed and done on an individual basis depending in patient wants and needs. Typically Botox® treatments can last between 3-4 months, but some patients report seeing the benefits even longer.
Botulinum Toxin Type A has been used safely within the medical field since the 1990's and has been developed for medical/ophthalmic and aesthetic uses since.
Dermal Fillers are used to plump out skin and add volume to folds and wrinkles. These are collagen and hyaluronic acid based which is a natural product produced in the skin. There are a range of Dermal Fillers that we use - each dependent on the area to be treated. Common areas to be treated are small lines around the mouth (commonly referred to as smokers lines) - this can simply smooth out small lines/wrinkles extending from the mouth - providing patients with a more youthful appearance.
Commonly Dermal Fillers are used to volumise areas where volume has been previously lost around cheeks/lips/nose to mouth folds. Other patients may wish to have Dermal Filler treatment to enhance their facial features such as cheeks and lips. Typically Dermal Filler treatments last between 6-9 months depending on areas treated.
For many patients a combination of Botox® and Dermal Filler treatments may be used to achieve desired results. All can be discussed and recommended on an individual basis at free facial aesthetic consultations.