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What's the difference between Botox and Filler?


Both can be used to treat wrinkles, but they work in very different ways.


Dermal filler does just that, it fills lines, wrinkles, scars, increases volume and creates or enhances facial contours. It's typically made from a hyaluronic acid based gel that is injected into the skin. A wide variety of products are available with different particle sizes and various levels of stretch, bounce and lift. Softer, smaller particle size fillers are typically used for fine lines and for adding hydration to an area of skin. Larger particle sized, firmer fillers are useful for lifting volume depleted areas such as the cheeks.


Whilst Botox is used cosmetically to treat facial wrinkles, it works by reducing muscle movement that causes expression lines. There is no 'filling', just relaxation of the muscle that creates the lines. In turn, this pulls the skin tighter therefore reducing wrinkles. Botox treatments can last around 3-5 months before the effects start to wear off. It can give similar results to dermal filler when treating lines and wrinkles, however both have their advantages.


When it comes to frown lines, forehead lines and crow's feet, Botox is considered the safest, most effective treatment option. It's been used in this way for many decades.


Dermal filler is widely known for it's use in lip enhancements. However, it's also used for many other reasons, such as to lift and restore areas where fat pads have shrunk, leaving the face looking sunken or gaunt. Cheeks can be lifted and restored, marionette lines reduced and wrinkles softened. Results of dermal filler can last anything from 6 months to 2 years.


The duration of treatment will vary according to the area treated, product selection and individual factors such as facial movement, exercise and stress levels. Often, a combination of botox and dermal filler treatments will be recommended by your practitioner to get the best results.


If you're thinking of getting a treatment, book in with a medical aesthetics clinic, and your practitioner will advise on the most appropriate treatments for you and your skin based on your anatomy, skin goals, lifestyle and medical history.


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