Many patients who visit the clinics of Dr Dan Dhunna ask us, “are Botox® and dermal fillers the same treatment?” and some are very confused about the differences. The truth is, that as much as each treatment is extremely effective for anti-ageing purposes, they are completely different in the way in which they work.
To understand the differences between Botox® and fillers, here is a simple explanation …
Botox® is a neurotoxin, which temporarily aids the smoothing of dynamic wrinkles and expression lines, think crow’s feet, forehead lines, glabellar lines (the lines between the eyebrows that look like the number 11), bunny lines (lines down the side of the nose) and mouth lines. The job of Botox® is to temporarily block the signals from the nerves, which tell your facial muscles to create expression. These muscles are then ‘relaxed’ for up to 6 months at a time, meaning that, although you can still move your face in to expressions, the lines that are created are smoothed and even future lines can be prevented. Botox® does not replace lost collagen, elastin or hyaluronic acid and therefore does not improve skin quality, but the mechanical function of paralyzing those facial muscles which create expression lines, helps to give the complexion a smoother and more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based gels, which physically ‘augment’ the skin tissues when injected, by sitting innately within the tissues and ‘plumping’ the skin. They come in many viscosities and have a myriad of benefits, from filling deep lines and hollows, to sculpting specific facial features in a non-surgical way. As dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, they actually assist with skin hydration, so they have a dual purpose. Dermal fillers have so many uses, it’s impossible to list them all, but here are a few:-
- Lip plumping and re-shaping
- Cheek enhancement
- Filling temple hollows
- Correcting under eye bags
- Non-surgical nose job
- Jawline contouring
- Neck lift
- Full facial rejuvenation
Can dermal fillers and Botox® be used together?
As these two substances perform very different tasks for facial rejuvenation, they can be used in conjunction with each other, in a holistic treatment for anti-ageing. Discussing your facial concerns in a no obligation consultation with Dr Dan Dhunna, will allow him to decide which treatment/s will be right for you and give you the very best result.