11th July 2020
Botox Or Fillers?
Lots of our clients come to our dental practice, located in Clapham Common, for beauty treatments as well as our dental services. We know how little touches can make a difference to your appearance, and can also help lift your smile, too. So, for top facial aesthetics procedures, look no further.
Of course, the treatment that’s recommended to you will vary from client to client. We take your unique skin into account, as well as the areas you want to treat, and the results you want to see. One thing we are often asked about is whether Botox or dermal fillers (or indeed, lip fillers) are the best option. While we always invite our clients to a consultation at our Clapham Common & London dental practice before offering a facial aesthetic treatment, we can break down some of the differences between these fantastic procedures. In this post, we’ll do just that.
1. Treated areas
One of the main differences between Botox and dermal fillers is the areas where they’re used. It’s helpful to imagine Botox being generally used on the upper areas of the face, such as the forehead lines (whether the horizontal lines across the brow, or the vertical lines between the eyebrows) and around the eyes (targeting crow’s feet). However, Botox also has lifting properties – so can create the effect of a brow lift or a neck lift (also called a ‘Nefertiti lift’).
In addition, Botox has some medical applications, too. These include treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bruxism (grinding of the jaw) and even migraines.
Dermal fillers are generally used on the lower areas of the face, such as the marionette lines (either side of the chin), the nasolabial lines (running from mouth to nose) and lip wrinkles (such as those caused by smoking). Dermal fillers also include lip fillers, which specifically define and enhance the lips.
2. Active ingredient
Botox and fillers use different ingredients. Botox (short for Botulinum Toxin A) is actually a neurotoxin, produced by a plant bacterium. When Botox is injected into targeted muscles, it causes a ‘relaxing’ effect. This is because it blocks or weakens signals from running from the nerve to the muscle.
Fillers typically use hyaluronic acid to ‘fill’ deeper lines and wrinkles. Filler is also used to lift and sculpt areas of the face, such as the cheeks and lips (lip fillers). Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the body.
Owing to the different ingredients and treated areas, dermal fillers and Botox have different uses. Botox is mainly used for softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and can even be used as a preventative treatment. You may also have certain areas injected to prevent muscle movement which could cause wrinkles to form.
Dermal fillers are more of a ‘filling’ substance that add volume and definition. However, they can also create a ‘smoothing’ effect and even helping to moisturise the skin.
Book in with us today
If you’re interested in a facial aesthetics treatment here at our dental practice in Clapham Common, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our specialists can help improve your appearance and boost your confidence at the same time. Many of our procedures are the perfect complement to your dental treatment – including dermal fillers, lip fillers and Botox.
To book a facial aesthetics consultation with our team, get in touch today via our contact page here.