When it comes to anti-ageing treatments, two familiar names always crop up: dermal fillers and Botox injections. But what’s the difference between them and which one is best for you? Here’s a guide to what we can offer here at Clarendon House Dental Centre, a dental practice in Leamington Spa, and some information on how these two popular aesthetics treatments differ.
Both dermal fillers and Botox injections can be used to treat areas of the face. However, Botox is used on the upper areas of the face, such as crow’s feet and forehead lines, while dermal fillers target lower lines, such as those around the mouth, and between the mouth and nose.
One of the main differences between these injectables is the ingredients used inside them. Botox stands for botulinum toxin, and as the name suggests, is a kind of natural toxin. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, contain hyaluronic acid, which is found in the body. Because of the different ingredients, the way they work differs, too – while Botox ‘relaxes’ the muscles and causes wrinkles to appear softer, dermal fillers actually ‘fill in’ those lines.
Botox has been used to treat lots of medical conditions, as well as being a top anti-ageing treatment. From teeth grinding to excessive sweating, there are lots of other applications which can have truly life-enhancing effects.
Lips or skin?
Dermal fillers aren’t just used to plump, sculpt and contour the face. They’re also used in the form of lip fillers to add volume and definition to lips. In fact, lip fillers are quickly gaining traction as a top aesthetic treatment.
Results & risks
Results for Botox injections develop over a couple of weeks and fade in a matter of months, while dermal and lip fillers can give immediate results which last more around the year mark – or beyond. As for risks, both treatments are deemed reasonably safe when in the hands of experienced practitioners such as ourselves, however all injectables carry a risk of bleeding, bruising and swelling – and mild cases of this are quite common following treatment.
Find out more
To learn more about Botox injections and lip filler treatments and find out which could be best for you, get in touch with our team here in Leamington Spa, and book a consultation with an experienced practitioner.