Many of our patients are unsure whether they need Botox® or a filler when they first make contact with RejuvaMed Skin Clinic and don’t always fully understand the differences between the two procedures.
While it’s true that both treatments aim to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face, the two procedures actually work in very different ways, as we explain below:
Botox® is the brand name of a type of anti-wrinkle injection. It works by temporarily relaxing certain muscles in your face, meaning they can no longer contract. The reduced movement of the muscle causes wrinkles and fine lines to relax and soften.
The treatment is usually used the treat the upper part of the face, including forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. It can’t usually treat wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.
Botox® treatments typically last for between 3 and 6 months.
Filler is a smooth gel which is injected into the lower part of the face to restore lost volume and fill lines.
Dermal fillers are commonly used to reduce or remove lines, such as the nasolabial folds running from nose to mouth and the marionette lines running from the corner of the mouth to the chin. They can also be used to add fullness to cheeks and lips and even out bumps or change the shape of the nose.
Unlike Botox®, a dermal filler treatment is fully reversible and the gel can be completely dissolved if you change your mind.
Fillers generally last for between 9 and 18 months, depending on the brand used.
Dr Grant McKeating will be able to provide you with expert advice about which treatment is best for you during your free, no obligation consultation. Book your consultation now by calling 01257 367460.