Fillers and Botox : 3 major differences
Botox and dermal fillers are anti-ageing, semi-invasive dermatological treatments that are done by board certified dermatologists worldwide in their doctor’s clinic. This is where the similarities end. Other than this, these 2 treatment modalities are poles apart and are for different concerns and you must be aware of it.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein derived from a bacteria under standardised laboratory conditions. In small doses, it blocks the nerve signals to the muscles thereby relaxing them. Consider this synonymous to cutting electricity supply to a bulb. The bulb will not light up without an electricity supply. Similarly, muscles can’t contract without the nerve signals. These signals are blocked by botulinum toxin.
What is the use of botox?
Botulinum toxin is US FDA approved for glabellar lines, crow’s feet and horizontal lines on the forehead. There are different brands available for the same, the most popular ones are Botox cosmetic, dysport and xeomin.
The various off label and on label indications of Botox are:
- The 11’s between the brows/glabellar lines
- Crow’s feet
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Masseter hypertrophy
- Bunny lines
- Cobble stoning of chin
- Platysmal bands
- Axillary hyperhidrosis
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers also known as soft-tissue fillers are products made of semi-permanent or permanent biodegradable substances that are used to lift and volumize the face. There are different kinds of dermal fillers used worldwide. Some of them are listed below:
- Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers
- Poly-lactic acid
- Calcium hydroxylapatite
Although different injectors have different preferences, hyaluronic based dermal fillers are most popular worldwide as they are irreversible and free of side-effects.
At Influennz, we use juvederm range of HA based fillers. The various fillers available at Influennz are:
- Ultra XC
- Ultra Plus XC
What is the use of dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers, as the name suggests, fills the folds and groove of the skin. Hence, these are also known as liquid face lift. These filler materials acts like tents inserted on different locations of skin that helps in ligament laxity and volume loss.
The various indications for using dermal fillers are as follows:
- For deflated face with saggy skin
- For face lift
- For correction of jowls and marionette lines
- For correcting sunken eyes
- For jawline definition
- For shaping and volumizing lips
- For full face rejuvenation
The results of liquid face lift with the help of dermal fillers are not as drastic as a surgical face lift but it does not has any downtime, is a lunch time procedure and there are no tell-tale signs of getting a lift. No wonder, it is so popular amongst Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities.
The key differences between Botox and fillers
Botox and fillers are both anti-ageing treatments. But there are many differences between the two. In simpler terms, Botox is used to treat upper face and dermal fillers mostly lower half of the face. Also, fillers are used to correct folds and botox is used to correct lines. Below are the 3 major differences between botox and fillers:
Botulinum toxin is effective in relaxing muscles of facial expressions. It is the best treatment for wrinkles on the face. However, Botox can never work on static wrinkles, ie, wrinkles on an expressionless face. Botox only works on “dynamic wrinkles” ie, wrinkles formed on facial expressions.
Dermal fillers have a more widespread use. They can correct hollowness on the face or under eyes area, they can fill static wrinkles on the face, and they can even lift and volumize your face. These days with the advancement of techniques, fillers can even correct emotional attributes of your face causing you to look less sad or less saggy and looking younger and happier. The idea is to terminate negative emotions from the face and promote positive emotions making you look pleasant and approachable. Connect with your nearest Juvederm centre to know in details about these emotional attributes and how you can use them to look better.
Botox works on the nerve terminals thereby relaxing muscles of facial expression. These nerve terminals reconnect back in few months. That’s why botox is not as long lasting as dermal fillers. Botox lasts for around 4-6 months while dermal fillers last for 12 to 24 months based on the quantity and quality of products used.
Although there are many factors that decide cost of botox and fillers, fillers are usually more expensive than botox. A 50 Unit vial of botox can cost anywhere between 20000 to 25000 INR and 1 ml of filler can cost anywhere between 20000 to 35000 INR. However, one vial of botox is usually sufficient to tackle wrinkles for 6 months while to correctly lift the face, atleast 4-6 ml of filler syringes are required making this a costly affair.
Millions of fillers and botox procedures are performed every year proving safety and efficacy of these procedures. While doing them is the not the only way to age gracefully, getting these procedures by a board certified dermatologist is the key to optimum results and better and enhanced facial features.
At Influennz, under the expert guidance of AIIMS certified dermatologist, Dr Geetika Srivastava, who has the expertise of injecting faces of different ethnicities and age group, you are in safe hands. So, come visit us at Influennz to get the best skin of your life! Be beautiful, Be influential!