If you’ve started looking into anti-wrinkle treatments, you will have surely come across Botox and fillers. As both are forms of anti-ageing injections, the lines are often blurred and it can be confusing to know what their different benefits are. Here, we take a look at the difference between Botox and fillers so you can work out which is right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is used in aesthetics as a wrinkle-removing injection. As we age, the muscles that create our facial expressions start to leave muscle tension on the skin, leading to those crows feet and other lines. Botox is injected directly into these tiny muscles and relaxes your fine lines and wrinkles. On average, Botox lasts for 3 – 6 months. It’s a safe treatment, meaning most people can experience the results.
What are fillers?
Fillers are used to add volume to your skin tissue. There are different types of filler, but the most common types are hyaluronic acid fillers, from trusted brands such as Restylane or Juvederm. Rather than smoothing out wrinkles by freezing the actions of muscles, fillers restore volume in areas that are beginning to droop and sag, such as the cheeks or the lips. Fillers tend to last longer than Botox, with results lasting between 6 – 18 months. As with Botox, the list of contraindications is short, making the treatment open to the majority of us.
Which is right for me: Botox or fillers?
As a simple guide, Botox is best suited to wrinkles that are caused by or exacerbated by movement. It’s for those creases in the face where your muscles contract with your facial expressions. Fillers will be for those deep wrinkles or sagging areas that are visible even when your face is relaxed. Depending on your concerns, your practitioner may recommend a combination of both Botox and fillers to achieve your desired results. It’s always best to book in for a consultation with an expert to discuss your options and create a plan that works with your skin.
If you’d like to know more about Botox, fillers or any of our anti-ageing skin treatments, visit one of our clinics in Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield for your free skin consultation.