The Differences Between Dermal Fillers and Botox

So, no doubt you’ve heard of both of these treatments. They’re both injectable treatments used in areas of the face, with alternative uses for areas of the body consistently being researched and discovered. However, how much do you really know about one or the other, and how different they truly are? They’re made from completely different substances and act very differently within the treatment. What’s the difference between dermal fillers and Botox?

What they’re made of

Both dermal fillers and Botox are made of very different materials for different uses within the face and skin. Dermal fillers are an injectable gel-like substance that contain hyaluronic acid, for example, a naturally occurring sugar in the skin. Botox, on the other hand, is a medically regulated toxin that comes in liquid form. This is where the first of their differences lie, in that they’re completely different substances, but they don’t just begin and end here…

How they act within the skin

These two injectable treatments differ greatly in their intended uses and how they work. Dermal fillers are used to create volume, contour, and structure in areas of the face. They add to the treatment area in order to produce an immediately visible result. They can treat facial folds where the skin has become thin and folded against itself, but not wrinkles present when the skin is in action or expression. No, this is a job for Botox. While dermal fillers add to the treatment area for immediately noticeable enhancement, Botox works within the muscles beneath this tissue. It helps to inhibit their animation, meaning that particularly prevalent frown lines and crow’s feet can be treated with less movement, and therefore less creased. Dermal fillers are for soft tissue enhancement, and Botox is primarily for relaxing overactive muscles to reduce wrinkles.

Is one safer than the other?

It’s difficult to compare both treatments like this as they both are and use different components to rejuvenate the skin. However, both are safe for aesthetic uses. Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is naturally broken down by the skin over time. Because fillers are compatible with your skin and biodegradable, they are very safe for aesthetic uses and only come with minor side effects such as slight swelling. Botox is made from a regulated medical toxin that has been FDA approved for uses within certain areas of the face and to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox does come with some side effects that include flu-like symptoms, but these are entirely natural. These treatments are at their absolute safest when performed by a medical professional trained in aesthetic treatments, so we’d always strongly advise seeking a registered professional if you’re considering either treatment!

Though these two injectable treatments are very different in their modes of action, composition, and treatment areas, they’re often used in tandem to create overall facial rejuvenation. If you’re seeking dermal fillers or Botox in Luton, then book your consultation at Cosmeteir today. We provide honest advice and aftercare support to help you achieve the best results for your unique facial structure. Simply enquire online or get in touch on 0152 5611036 to find out more!