16th July 2019

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

When it comes to facial aesthetics, we’ve all heard of the two treatments, Botox and dermal fillers are two names that are in constant conversation, but people are often confused about what they both do or mistake them for the same thing. In fact, you’ll find that both are very different in what they’re made from, how they work in the skin, and the results they achieve.

Woman with botox Stourbridge

What they’re made from

Botox is made from a regulated and FDA-approved medical toxin that is available only through prescription and is injected as a liquid. Dermal fillers on the other hand are gel-like substances that contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring skin protein used in skin hydration and laxity.

How do they work?

Both treatments work in different ways within the skin and the face. Dermal fillers, for example, are a gel that is placed in the skin’s soft tissue region. They don’t migrate from the area and work to immediately plump and restructure the treated area. They add volume to areas of the face to change its appearance. Botox is injected not into the skin, but directly into the muscle and the toxin is then injected into your muscle to stop it from contracting as aggressively, limiting the animation and therefore preventing the muscles from creating creases within the skin during facial expressions.

What areas can they treat?

Because dermal fillers are used for soft tissue augmentation, they have become very popular in areas such as the lips, cheeks and jawline. They can also be placed in certain areas to lift thinned areas and can concentrate on areas such as marionette lines and nose-to-mouth lines. Botox on the other hand is used in expressive areas of the face to limit wrinkles and fine lines, so its main treatment areas include crow’s feet, laughter lines, and frown lines which are between your eyebrows and the forehead lines when your brows are raised.

Who performs these treatments?

These treatments really should be only performed by medical professionals, since they will be dealing with injectable substances which will be placed within your skin. Botox requires a medical professional to perform this treatment because its only available through prescription but dermal fillers in the UK are currently a non-prescription treatment because of the natural components they use, meaning technically anyone can perform them but it is not recommended as it can be very unsafe to receive treatment from a non-medical and non-prescribing professional.

If you’re looking to have Botox or dermal fillers then look no further by booking your appointment with Lion Dental Centre, a professional and safe environment that can provide you with either treatment.

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