If you are on the market for non surgical, cosmetic procedures it is important to do your research first and find out which treatment is the best for you. Although the administration of Botox and fillers are very similar (through injections of the face), this is one of the only similarities. The main difference between Botox and fillers is what the two contain ingredients wise, and for what they are used to treat.
The main difference between Botox and fillers is that Botox contains purified bacteria which is designed to freeze the muscles in the face. This is why it is one of the most effective treatments for anti-aging as it minimises the appearances of wrinkles and fine lines. On the other hand, fillers contain ingredients which add a fuller appearance to the face which may have thinned due to ageing, or if a client is after a plumper look, fillers are used. Fillers can be used to target cheeks, lips and the jawline.
What is Botox?
As mentioned above, Botox is obtained by bacteria. Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles it is injected into. When these nerve signals are interrupted by Botox, the area which it has been administered in becomes temporarily paralyzed and frozen. This is why it is such a popular anti wrinkle treatment as it can reduce the appearance of wrinkles or even remove them if administered earlier on in the ageing process.
Where is Botox effective for?
Although Botox is an effective cosmetic procedure, used for areas such as crows lines, bunny lines, and any areas which show ageing on the face, it can be used for other medical purposes:
A popular way Botox is used is for Hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a condition where a person sweats excessively and Botox can be a life changing treatment for those insecure about excessive perspiration. The results can last up to 7-10 months, making it a great alternative to a sweat gland removal operation.
Reducing migraines and headaches
If an individual suffers from constant headaches or migraines, Botox can help reduce them or even get rid of them completely. This works by Botox essentially blocking the neurotransmitters that carry the pain signals from the brain.
If a client suffers from teeth grinding in their sleep, Botox can be a great treatment to relax the muscles and reduce the pain. This can be a cosmetic treatment as well as medical as it can change the shape of the jaw line if it has become square looking over time.
What is filler?
Filler is injected beneath the surface of the skin to add fullness and volume to the targeted area. It is a common occurrence that as we grow older, our skin loses its elasticity and our body tends to produce less collagen. You may be familiar with the popular cosmetic ingredient which is Hyaluronic Acid. It is used in a lot of skincare brands and is often used to create a plumping effect in the face. Hyaluronic acid is already a natural substance found in our bodies, meaning your body will be able to adapt to the substance on its own.
Another difference between botox and filler is that filler can come in different thicknesses and lifting capacities. But what does this mean? Fillers can be used to treat different signs of ageing such as:
- Plumping up thinning lips (most commonly known as Lip Filler)
- Filling in shallow areas on the face (for example, Tear Trough filler)
- Fill in or soften the appearance of recessed scars
- Fill in or soften the appearance of static wrinkle, most commonly found on the lower face
How long do the results last comparing Botox to Fillers?
Another difference between Botox and Filler to consider is how long the results last. Botox results can last up to 3 to 4 months, whereas filler results can vary depending on the type of filler used. For example, 1ml of lip filler could last for around 6 to 9 months, however it can completely vary on the individual’s metabolism.
If you are interested in anti ageing treatments, or would like to find out which treatment would suit your needs best, get in touch with us and we will be able to provide a consultation and quote.