What is the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and Dermal Fillers?

A question we are often asked by women who are looking for a non-invasive facial treatment is what is the difference between having an anti-wrinkle injection and a dermal filler?


Firstly, an anti-wrinkle injection is really an umbrella term that covers both botulinum toxin and dermal fillers but there is a difference in the action that these two procedures have on the skin.


Anti-wrinkle injections, involving the injection of botulinum toxin into the muscle under the skin, are designed to affect the skin musculature, by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses which paralyse the muscles. The result is a tautened affect on the skin, thus smoothing wrinkle lines on the face and providing an improved contour. Each treatment would typically last for between 4-6 months before the need to repeat.


Dermal fillers, on the other hand, involve injecting hyaluronic acid into the wrinkle itself –– smoothing off the fold or wrinkle, rather like a decorator filling in a crack in a wall. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the deep layers of the skin. One of its functions is to keep skin smooth and healthy by helping it retain water. Dermal fillers can also be used to increase the volume and definition of the lips, cheeks, chins and jawline. Depending on the amount of HA used in the injection, the effects of each treatment could last anything between 9 -15 months. This will vary from individual to individual and lifestyle.



Next step - Our advice

Whilst both types of treatments are completely safe and should provide you with immediate results, we would always insist on you first consulting with Dr James before deciding on what type of injectable anti wrinkle facial treatment would suit you best.


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