Top 5 differences between fillers & botox

We get lots of questions about Botox and fillers, and it may surprise seasoned users that people often get them mixed up. They can be used to help with a whole host of common complaints, not just lines and wrinkles. So we sat down with the team to help explain more about them:

What are they made of?
Botox is made from Neurotoxin, which is a form of Botulinum toxin produced from a kind of bacteria. On the other hand, fillers have various types that use naturally occurring hyaluronic acid to plump the skin. The chemical is already found in the tissues and fluid of your body, so it is used to replace the hyaluronic acid that you lose as you get older.

How do they work?
The main difference between how both treatments work is that Botox softens wrinkles and lines, whereas fillers ‘fill’ in and plump up areas that have lost their volume.

Botox is a muscle relaxant; the chemical is injected directly into the muscle of the affected area, blocking the nerve signals to the muscle, and therefore stopping the muscle from moving and creating more wrinkles.

Fillers work in a less complicated way, simply smoothing and plumping the skin in areas that have aged and lost their tautness.

Where in the body are they used?
Botox is most commonly used around the eyes, forehead and mouth. In contrast, fillers focus on smoothing the glabella lines between the brows, filling the nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth, and plumping the cheeks.

How long do they last?
You can see results from Botox within two weeks, but they only last for a maximum of six months and an average of 3-4 months. Botox is actually a brand name of the Neurotoxin, so there are other forms, but Botox is by far the most popular and widely used.

There are several different types of fillers, most of which last between 4 months and 18 months. However, Polymethlymethacrylate is a much more permanent solution.

How do you decide between the two?
Your cosmetic nurse will go through all your options with you and help you decide which is the best one for you, but the three main deciding factors are:
- Where you are seeing the issues.
- How permanent you want the results to be.
- What your budget is.

If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation with one of our specialists, please get in touch at or call us on 01273 604444.


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