Both of dermal fillers and botox are injectable treatments, so you’d be forgiven for getting the two a little muddled up, especially if you haven’t had them yourself. Let Face Perfect Clinic in Leeds answer all of your questions about these two treatments, that are so different but so often go hand in hand.
What they’re made of
The first difference comes down to the material, or what they’re made of. Dermal fillers are made of a gel-like substance that contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring skin compound essential to hydrated and youthful skin. Botox, on the other hand, is a medically regulated injectable toxin that comes in liquid form.
What they do for your skin
Dermal fillers are used to add volume and contour to the skin. Because they are a gel-like substance and they are injected into the tissue, they plump areas like the lips and cheeks and generally augment the treatment area. Botox, on the other hand, is injected directly into over-expressive muscles in the face. The toxin prevents these muscles from moving as animatedly as before, therefore lessening the amount they can crease your skin. Dermal fillers can, sometimes, treat skin folds by adding volume to the skin, lifting it up from sagging downwards, and can therefore be used outside of just plumping.
Who performs your treatment
So, at the present time, this is an area for contention. Currently, anyone can perform dermal treatments but this does not mean under any circumstances that they should. Botox is a prescription-only medication, meaning it can only be performed by trained medical professionals and independent prescribers. Dermal fillers aren’t recognised like this, but you should only trust them with a medical professional!
The side effects
There are some side effects to these treatments and, because they’re both injectables, they share a lot of similarities here. Dermal filler side effects may include swelling, tenderness, redness, and small bruising at the injection points, which should subside within 2-4 days post-treatment. Botox shares these side effects, but also comes with the potential for flu-like symptoms that should quickly dissipate too.
There you have it – the differences between Botox and dermal fillers! Both treatments can help to transform your confidence, and they can be used separately or in conjunction with each other. Find out more about dermal fillers and Botox today at Face Perfect Clinic, call 0113 4572805 or contact us online to book your initial consultation!
Keely McBride is the founder and lead Specialist Aesthetic Nurse at Face Perfect Clinic Ltd. She became an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2008 and has continuously excelled in aesthetics from 2011. In 2017, Keely was asked to join the Allergan medical Institute, as one of only 11 Allergan Nurse Ambassadors in the UK.