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The difference between anti-wrinkle treatment & dermal filler?

Injectable treatments at The Academy Clinic

They’re two of the world’s most widely requested cosmetic treatments but what’s the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers? And more importantly, which one is right for you?

Emily MacGregor, our Clinical Director, answers some of the most frequently asked questions. 

What is BOTOX® ?

The most recent study estimates that over 100,000(1) people in the UK have BOTOX® treatments. This can be for a variety of reasons and not all cosmetic or age related.

BOTOX®  is used most frequently used to treat signs of ageing in particular the lines which appear as a result of facial muscle movement. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein which when injected into facial muscles stops them from contracting, hence we refer to this treatment as anti-wrinkle injections.

Where can I have BOTOX®?

Botulinum toxin is used medically for a number of cosmetic and non cosmetic treatments. It has been used previously to reduce excessive sweating and ease headaches. It’s main use is to relax the muscles and therefore reduce the production of lines on the face. 

At The Academy Clinic we treat forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. This treatment is available as a Cosmetic Model (check out what it means to be a cosmetic model here).

Are dermal fillers the same as BOTOX®?

No, Botox® works on dynamic lines, which means the creases that are created when you move the muscles in your face. By temporarily relaxing the muscle we reduce the number of times you can repeatedly make a line or crease and as a result your skin appears smoother and line free. 

Dermal fillers, on the other hand are used for static lines, the lines and contours of your face that are not made from movement but are always there. We use filler to add volume to enhance or shape the appearance of certain facial features.

Will I see a difference immediately?

You are unlikely to notice the results of BOTOX® immediately, it takes around 2 weeks to visually see the results. This is because the treatment relaxes the muscles to stop you making the same lines and creases, in time the lines then fade.

Dermal fillers, like BOTOX®, are made from a naturally occurring substance called Hyaluronic Acid. It sounds scary but in fact our bodies store hyaluaronic acid naturally and as we age our stores deplete. Fillers are used to inject volume and restore the sunken or flat appearance on the face hence looking more youthful.

Unlike BOTOX® the results of filler treatment are instant, but just like Botox the body will disperse of the product naturally and results will fade. 

At The Academy Clinic we can dissolve filler, reversing the effects, however our ethos is natural looking and fresh faced results so we advise against over doing the dermal fillers.

So, BOTOX® and fillers are not permanent? How long will they last?

BOTOX® lasts approx 3 months but it can be longer as your muscles will slowly return and you start to create the lines and creases again. Dermal filler lasts longer, in fact it can take between 6 and 18 months to fully wear off.

How can I tell if I need filler or BOTOX®?

Generally fillers are used on the lips, cheeks, chin and jawline for volume and definition. Botox® is used on the forehead, crows feet (lines in the corner of the eyes) and around the mouth. We always hold a detailed consultation before performing any treatment and we will explain our recommended product choices and areas. You may find that one treatment resolves the need for another, for example, more cheek volume can lend itself to a more defined jaw.

Should we advise treatments that are more advanced you can attend a private appointment.

If you’d like help on picking the right treatment for you – send us an email with your questions. We’d be happy to help!


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