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Botox vs Fillers – Which One Is Better?

If you’re considering non-surgical anti-wrinkle treatments the first thing that’s likely to spring to mind is botox. Dermal fillers are a less well-known option but are becoming increasingly popular. Both treatments have their place and in order to understand whether botox or fillers will suit you better, it’s helpful to understand a little about each of them.

What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein which is used to relax facial muscles, leading to a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s given by injection, the effects are temporary, generally lasting around three to six months. When administered by a properly qualified professional on an individual who has been assessed as a suitable candidate for treatment, Botox is considered to be very safe.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Like botox, dermal fillers are used to reduce fine facial lines and wrinkles, but the kind of lines treated is different. As we age, skin cells lose their ability to produce collagen and elastin meaning that skin becomes thinner, less flexible and less able to repair minor damage. The lines that form as a result of collagen loss are found in different areas of the face from those that will be successfully treated by botox.

There are several different formulations of dermal fillers available, two of the more popular being collagen and hyaluronic acid. When given to a person with no contraindications, by a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner dermal fillers are both safe and effective. The length of time they will last depends on the type of filler being used, where on the face it is applied, and to some extent on the individual. As a general rule fillers will have a longer lasting effect than botox.

What is the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?

Obviously, the length of effect is one important area where the two differ with fillers generally lasting longer. Dermal fillers are also usually more expensive than Botox, but this is offset by the fact that it needs much less frequent repetition.

Both treatments are generally safe, but the list of potential side effects from fillers is more extensive. Many of these potential effects relate to allergic reactions so it’s important that your practitioner completes allergy tests before administering dermal fillers.

Where to Use Dermal Fillers and Botox?

Dermal fillers are used to replace tissue volume in a number of different sites on the face. If you’re looking to add volume to lips or reduce fine lines caused by loss of collagen then treatment by dermal fillers is the better choice. Lines caused by collagen loss are most often found on the cheeks or around the nose.

When considering where to use botox it’s important to understand that it’s most helpful on lines sometimes referred to as dynamic wrinkles. These are found around the eyes, where they’re sometimes called crow lines, around the mouth, between the eyebrows and on the forehead.


While there are areas of overlap and times when you might have a choice of treatment, generally speaking, either botox or fillers will be more suitable. If you’re in doubt it makes sense to consult with a reputable individual who offers both options. Once you’ve explained what you’re looking to achieve an experienced practitioner will be able not just to say which will suit you better but also to explain exactly why.

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Dr. Q has done my lip fillers and wrinkle reduction. Lots of people tell me I’m looking really well but my look is natural so they don’t always guess I’ve had any work done and that’s exactly what I wanted. Dr. Q listens well and therefore provides the look you want. Nice relaxed atmosphere in the clinic. Treatments are painless (I use anaesthetic cream for lip fillers). The clinic is clean and bright. Love my little visits!

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