These two very popular treatments are known the world over for rejuvenating the signs of ageing in tired skin, but you’d be forgiven for getting the two mixed up. They’re both injectable treatments that are predominantly used to rejuvenate the face, and they’re often both used in tandem with each other, but what’re the differences? Let’s explore what separates Botox from dermal fillers and vice versa.
What they’re made of
These two treatments begin their differences with what they are fundamentally made of, as this influences where they are placed in the skin and how they work. Dermal fillers, for example, are typically made from a substance that closely mirrors hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring skin substance. Botox, on the other hand, is a medically regulated toxin that is only available through prescription. Also, rather than injecting into the soft tissue as dermal fillers do, Botox injects into the facial muscles.
Their modes of action
A mode of action basically means what this treatment does and how it performs. Dermal fillers, as many know, are used to create volume and structure in the soft tissues of the face. Popular treatment areas include the lips, cheeks, chin, and jawline. They add volume to the skin, so they ‘augment’ your facial features by altering them slightly with added substance. Botox isn’t injected into the soft tissue unless you’re seeking a specific treatment like that for hyperhidrosis. Instead, Botox is injected into expressive muscles that are causing lines and wrinkles to appear in the skin that sit atop them. It prohibits the injected muscles in the area from contracting as aggressively, but they still allow some movement without the muscles creasing the thinning skin that sits atop them.
Their safety, compared
This is the only similarity that these two injectable treatments share, and it’s that they should only ever be performed by a medical professional qualified in aesthetic injecting. Botox is a prescription-only medication, so it can only be carried out by a medical professional or an independent prescriber. This ensures that not only your results are high-quality, but that your treatment is safe too. Dermal fillers are not currently regulated in the UK the same ways that Botox is, and they are not a prescription-only treatment. While this technically means that anyone can carry out dermal filler treatment, it doesn’t mean that they should. This is still an injectable treatment and it is still a substance that is being placed inside of your skin. Nobody understands your facial tissue and anatomy better than a medical professional, which is why you should never seek anyone else for this treatment. These two treatments may have many differences, but only a qualified professional should be performing them.
Botox and dermal fillers in Buckhurst Hill
Botox and dermal fillers are very safe and create beautiful results in the right pair of hands, which are those of a medical and aesthetic professional. If you’re seeking Botox or dermal fillers in Buckhurst Hill, then trust Dr Bawa with your treatments. Get in touch today on +44 (0)20 3795 9063 to book your initial consultation and find the answers to your questions.