At our aesthetics clinic in Clapham Common, we help our clients look and feel better than they thought possible. But, we can only achieve our incredible results through tailored treatment plans that address your concerns and recommend the right procedures for you and your skin. While some treatments do cross over in terms of results, others couldn’t be more different. Today, we’re looking at how dermal fillers and Botox injections differ, so you can be sure you’re booking the proper treatment for your needs.
Reasons for Treatment
While both treatments can target lines and wrinkles, they actually address different types. Botox injections are used for fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial movement, while dermal filler targets deeper lines and wrinkles caused by natural ageing and UV damage.
How Treatment Works
Botox injections and dermal fillers are made of different materials. Botox, it’s botulinum toxin A, a substance that works to reduce muscle activity and so soften wrinkles and lines in that area. Dermal fillers – as they sound – fill in deep lines and wrinkles by returning moisture to the skin, thanks to hydrating hyaluronic acid.
Duration of Results: What to Expect
While dermal fillers may produce immediate results, Botox kicks in after a couple of weeks for a typical client. It then lasts around 3-4 months, with dermal filler maintaining its effects for anywhere from 12-18 months. However, the longevity of results is partly because these treatments target different things in different ways.
Downtime for Treatment
There’s no surgery involved with either of these treatments, which means recovery is much less than it would be had you gone under the knife. However, both may cause common side effects associated with any kind of injection, like redness, swelling, bruising and tenderness. Botox injections might also create a temporary ‘drooping’ effect in one area if the right amount isn’t used. However, both can be topped up if needed.
Understanding Treatment Risks
Botox is considered slightly riskier than dermal fillers because of its ‘freezing’ ability – which means you could see muscle movement being more restricted than you’d like. Some people can also experience headaches with the treatment, though Botox can be used in a medical context to treat migraines. Serious side effects are rare. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, can cause lumps in the skin if the substance doesn’t settle properly, and on occasion, it can ‘migrate’ to a nearby area. These side effects are rare. Other side effects are rarer still.
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