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Anti-wrinkle injections vs. dermal filler: what’s the difference?

Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers have soared to popularity over the past few years. With their approval, appraisal, and medical safety, they are now used by trained clinicians and doctors worldwide to rejuvenate areas of the face. You’ve probably heard these terms used a lot, especially in conjunction with Botox, but you may have been left confused.

What’s the difference between these two treatments, and how do I know if I need them?


We’d first like to address that nobody needs these treatments. They’re purely for you and determined by your choice only, so if you would like them then you’re more than welcome to visit our Leeds clinic.


One of the major differences between these two treatments is how they are regulated. Botox is a prescription-only medication, so only medical professionals or those who have had their prescription approved can administer it. At Skin Doctor Clinics, we are staffed entirely by doctors who can treat, manage side effects, and offer aftercare for anti-wrinkle treatment. We’d always recommended visiting medical professionals like ourselves, because you’ll receive the best care this way. Dermal fillers don’t come with the same regulations, but it’s important that you still seek trained professionals such as ourselves to ensure the safest treatment possible.


The difference between these two treatments begins with the toxins and chemicals used themselves. Botox is an FDA approved toxin that can also be used for the management of certain medical conditions. Dermal filler, on the other hand, is largely made of hyaluronic acid. This is a natural sugar that occurs in the body, making it incredibly safe for aesthetic treatments.


Another notable difference is what their use during treatment achieves. Botox has taken the form of anti-wrinkle injections, popular for smoothing fine lines on the face. It works by relaxing some of the most overactive or expressive muscles of the face, causing them to contract and wrinkle the skin less. This is useful for those who are experiencing more wrinkles than they’d like, but dermal fillers treat different concerns. They are used to add volume to areas of the face or revitalise those that have lost it through age. Botox smooths wrinkles, dermal filler plumps them.


Their treatment areas are also very different. Expressive areas of the face that anti-wrinkle injections treat are the crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles. This is because we have overactive muscles in these areas causing our skin to crinkle above them, so precise treatment can lessen their appearance. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, can be used to shape and contour the face. They’re popular in areas like the cheeks, tear troughs, chin, and lips to plump and define precise areas.


As we age, we naturally stop producing collagen and begin to lose it rather quickly. This can lead to sagging and loose skin that is exacerbated by gravity and our facial movements. It may be that your best results are achieved with a combination of these treatments. Treatments like the non-surgical nose correction may utilise both treatments to produce the results of surgery without ever going under the knife.


Because Botox is FDA approved to relax muscles, it can step outside of the world of aesthetics treatment. It has many medical uses, with more being researched every day, but most notably it can treat hyperhidrosis. Also known as excessive sweating, this condition can be embarrassing for those who suffer it, but Botox can manage these symptoms.


If you’re considering aesthetics treatment but are unsure about what is right for you, you can always book a consultation with one of our qualified doctors. Contact us today, we’d love to meet you.