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Botox vs Dermal Fillers - James Willis Faces Blog

The difference between Botox and dermal fillers

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Dermal fillers and Botox are both injectable treatments used to rejuvenate and refresh ageing skin, so is there really much difference between them? Actually, they’re very different in how they work, what they’re made of, and what they treat, despite being very popular treatments that are often used alongside each other. They’re both constantly undergoing new research and development into different uses and treatment areas, so what’re the real difference between Botox and dermal fillers?


1. What Botox and dermal fillers made of

The differences begin right here, in what the substances are made of or from. They are two entirely different products and treatments, so naturally they’re differences begin right at this basic level. Dermal fillers are a gel-like injectable that include hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring skin substance that is essential to skin laxity and firmness. Botox, on the other hand, is a prescription-only medically regulated toxin in liquid form. It is not made using hyaluronic acid, and so has very different results and modes of action.


2. What they’re used to treat

These two treatments work very differently within the skin due to their ingredients and modes of action, so both have their own unique target areas and treatments. For example, dermal fillers introduce the gel-like injectable to sit beneath the skin to literally ‘fill’ the area, adding contour and volume to areas of the face. This also aids in the treatment of facial folds, filling out sagging skin to lift the falling thin areas that are creating sags. This treatment is popular in the mid to lower face, treating cheeks, jowls, jawlines, lips, and even non-surgical nosejobs. However, if you’re experiencing wrinkles and fine lines that are a result of active muscles and not sagging skin, you might benefit from Botox. Botox works within the muscles rather than the tissue itself and helps to limit their aggressive animation. This lessens the lines produced in the skin, helping to create a younger-looking complexion when your face is in animation. This treatment is popular for crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines when raising the eyebrows.


3. Who performs these treatments

While Botox is only available through prescription and therefore needs a medical professional to perform it or at least provide professional sign-off to a qualified aesthetic practitioner, dermal fillers can technically be administered by anyone. While therein lies a difference, we believe that there should be no difference at all between who can perform these treatments. You should always seek a medical professional to perform Botox injections and dermal fillers, because this way you can receive the care and advice needed to keep you safe. Because these treatments are injected beneath the skin, you need a professional who understands the anatomy of your face and how to manage side effects or complications should they arise. You could also be sacrificing your results, as an improperly trained injector may not understand how and where to place these treatments for your desired effect. For your own safety and quality of treatment, count this is as not a difference at all and always seek a medical professional!


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