Botox vs dermal fillers: What’s the difference?

If you’re considering trying an anti-ageing treatment for the first time, the options can be overwhelming. At St. Peter’s Lodge, we offer a range of tried and trusted facial aesthetics treatments to help you look and feel your best, including Botox and dermal fillers. Read on to find out which may be best for you.

What is Botox?

Botox (Botulinum toxin) is a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment that has been used safely for more than 25 years. Injected into precise locations on the face with a fine needle, it temporarily paralyses the muscles, smoothing out the skin and improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  In addition to cosmetic treatments, Botox is widely used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraines, and muscular disorders.

How does Botox treatment work?

Everyone’s face is different, and we tailor our facial aesthetic treatments accordingly. One of our experienced practitioners will assess how your facial muscles move to determine the precise injection locations. After a consultation and assessment, the treatment itself takes less than 30 minutes and you’ll be able to see the full effects within 7 to 14 days. Botox treatment lasts for around four to five months on average before you’ll need a top up treatment to repeat the same results.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are an injectable tissue filler that fill lines and wrinkles to give skin a younger, smoother appearance and restore facial contours to their younger state. Unlike Botox, they can replace lost volume in the skin because they are made from a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid that attracts and holds many times its own weight in water. Whereas Botox is injected into the facial muscles, dermal fillers are injected into the skin or lips for a firmer, plumper appearance.

What does the procedure involve for dermal fillers?

As with all our facial aesthetic treatments, we will take time to discuss the procedure with you during a free initial consultation. If you go ahead with treatment, our practitioner here at St. Peter’s Lodge will gently inject the filler in several small injections. Treatment takes less than an hour and the results will last for between 6 and 18 months depending on individual factors (for example, where the filler is injected and how your body reacts to treatment).

Which is safer – Botox or dermal fillers?

Both treatments are extremely safe, and we perform them regularly for many happy repeat patients. You may experience some bruising or soreness at the injection sites, but serious complications or allergic reactions are extremely rare. We will outline any potential risks during your initial consultation.

If you would like to discuss whether either of these treatments could benefit you, please contact us to arrange a free consultation at our St Albans practice. We offer late evening and Saturday appointments to suit your schedule.

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