Botox vs. fillers: What’s the difference?

When it comes to the fight against lines, there are seemingly endless options for giving your complexion a youthful boost. We’ve all heard of Botox thanks to the swathes of celebrities who use it, but what about fillers – the other option for smoother skin?

If you’re not sure on what the differences are, or how to tell which option is best for you, then we’re here to help.

Banking on Botox

One of the more familiar ways to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles is Botox; a brand of neuromodulator that works by causing facial muscles to relax temporarily. Botox effectively treats frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, lip lines, and many other wrinkles that result from facial expressions.

You’ve seen how Botox can take years off your favourite stars (and maybe even a few or your friends), but is it right for you? The advantages speak for themselves. Botox is an excellent treatment for many types of patients. Someone in their late 20s or early 30s might choose Botox to help prevent wrinkles and enhance their complexion. Older patients may opt for the treatment to soften existing lines and prevent new ones from forming.

In truth, nearly every cosmetic patient can benefit from Botox as part of their treatment and maintenance plan. Most importantly, Botox has an excellent established safety record and is the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide.

Focussing on fillers

Like Botox, fillers are an injectable treatment used to tackle some of the most frustrating signs of aging, but unlike Botox they don’t relax facial muscles. Instead they work to fill creases and ‘plump’ the skin.

As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin lessens, as cells lose their ability to produce more of their youthful component. The skin becomes dryer, thinner and less able to fix itself, and so lines and wrinkles develop.

The treatment of wrinkles with dermal filler usually involves injecting this naturally occurring product into the skin and the aesthetic outcomes of treatments with dermal filler are seen immediately after the treatment.

Can you get both?

While you might think that Botox and fillers can only be used separately, Botox is often used in conjunction with fillers (and even lasers) to enhance the overall results of those treatments.

Botox and fillers perform differently, so a combination of the two can sometimes work better than either treatment alone. Botox paralyzes the underlying facial muscle, while fillers plump the skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Together they provide the most soft and natural looking improvement in facial appearance and age related cosmetic concerns.

Between Botox and fillers, you should have no trouble finding a skin smoothing solution that works for you.

So if you fancy finding out more about our Botox and dermal filler treatments, then feel free to give us a call on 020 8088 2079.

Or you can always visit our facial rejuvenation page: to check out what we can do.