What’s the difference between botulinum toxin and fillers – read this before you book a session!

So you’ve decided you want to do something about the signs of aging on your face – but you don’t know what treatment is going give you the results you want.

But you do know that you don’t want plastic surgery, which gives permanent changes to your face.

Botulinum toxin or dermal fillers are talked about a lot, but they’re not interchangeable. They both have benefits for different ageing issues.

So here we look at what these are, and which one you should choose for your particular needs.

What are they?

Botulinum toxin

Derived from microorganisms. In higher doses it can be dangerous but don’t worry! When used to treat wrinkles the amount used is safe. It is often referred to as a type of neurotoxin. NB botulinum toxin is prescription-only.

Dermal Fillers

Most fillers are in the form of an injectable gel that contains hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin. NB Fillers don’t require a prescription.

How do they work?

Botulinum toxin

It temporarily paralyzes the muscle that it is injected into by blocking the nerves that control the muscle. The effect is a softening of the lines and crease wrinkles caused by the muscles used for facial expressions.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are injected into the face, beneath the surface of the skin to increase volume and fullness. The hyaluronic acid in fillers draws water into the skin, so it becomes more hydrated and plumper.

What are they best for?

Botulinum toxin

Botulinum toxin works on dynamic wrinkles – these are wrinkles caused by lines of expression, for example the crease wrinkles that can form on the forehead from frowning or laughter lines around the corners of the eyes.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers work on static wrinkles – these are the wrinkles you can see when your face is at rest, caused by thinning that is a natural result of aging, such as the wrinkles around the mouth and lips.

How quickly will I see the results?

Botulinum toxin

It can take between 2 and 4 days to see a change in your wrinkles and lines, but the full effects may not be seen until after a week – or even 2 weeks.

Dermal Fillers

Results are often seen immediately but it can take up to 14 days or longer for the filler to completely settle.

How long do the effects last?

With either treatment the length that they last will be different form person to person.

Botulinum toxin

The results should last between 3 and 6 months. Some patients may find that while initial treatment lasts 3 to 4 months, with repeated treatment this lengthens to 6 months. This is because the muscles that cause the wrinkles weaken over time if they are not used as a result of the treatment.

Dermal Fillers

The general rule of thumb is between 6 and 12 months.

How long does the treatment take?

Botulinum toxin

Treatment typically lasts for 15 minutes.

Dermal Fillers

Treatment lasts for up to 30 minutes.

For either treatment there’s no downtime required after your session. You can just get on with your day as normal.

How do I decide what’s right for me?

Your best bet is to book an appointment with a clinic which has expertise with both types of treatment. Often a clinic will offer a free appointment so you can discuss what you want to get out of your treatment.

The important things to research include the experience of the practitioners. To get the best results you will benefit from having a treatment from someone who has the right training and skills in treating a variety of different patients and skin types. You should also look for a clinic with a results guarantee and quality certification. Reviews are a good way of finding out more about a clinic – make sure these are genuine! Check on the website – and on Google or a site such as Trustpilot.

Brigstock Skin & Laser reviews will help you to know what to look for. You can find them here. If you would like to book a free initial consultation with us, you can do this online here or by calling us on now on 020 8683 6730.

Important!

Botulinum toxin or fillers aren’t always the right choice. A good clinic may actually recommend a different treatment for you to help you achieve the results you want.

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