Do I need anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers?

This is a very common question I get asked frequently and the world of aesthetics can be a very confusing place for many people. If I’m honest, I didn’t really know too much about it all until I looked into doing my training. I thought that the 2 things were quite similar, but in fact, they are far from it!

I will explain the main differences between the two treatments and how they work.

Anti-wrinkle injections:

What are they?

Most commonly known as Botox, there are many different brands of anti-wrinkle injections including Azzulre, Dysport and Boccouture. I tend to use Botox and Azzalure as I feel these give the best results. They are all made up of the ingredient Botulinum toxin type A which is a neurotoxin that blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles that are injected. The muscles can no longer contract or move as much, which in turn, causes wrinkles to relax and soften. These are a ‘prescription – only’ medication and therefore need to be prescribed at a consultation prior to treatment.

What are they used for?

Anti-wrinkle injections will help to reduce DYNAMIC lines which are the lines you see when you move your face. These will include frowning, raising your eyebrows and squinting. They will generally not be used to target STATIC lines which are there when your face is at rest. They may help soften but ultimately these lines wont disappear.

How long do they last?

The amount of time anti-wrinkle injections last varies from person to person. Once you have had the treatment, I will call you back for a review 10-14 days post procedure, as this is how long it can take for the medication to take full effect. Some people may still have movement or lines visible and therefore may require a top up. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment and will need to be tailored to your individual requirements. A repeat treatment can be carried out no sooner than 12 weeks post initial treatment.

Dermal fillers

What are they?

Dermal fillers are used to add more volume to an area or fill out static lines. Like anti-wrinkle injections, there are many brands of fillers out there, but the majority contain a material called hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in our bodies. I use the 2 market leaders of dermal filler in the UK which are the Restylane and Juvederm range. I feel that these products give great results and have increased longevity than other products on the market.

What are they used for?

Ultimately, dermal fillers plump and volumize an area. They help contour the face or straighten out lumps and bumps in a nose, or to hydrate and reduce dark circles under the eyes. There are many areas treated including, lips, cheeks, jaw, chin, nose, under eyes and nose to mouth lines. Depending on what your area of concern is, will depend on the area treated.

How long do they last?

It all depends on which area is treated and what products are used as well as the individual. Juverderm and Restlyane have a reputation for good longevity. Lips last the least amount of time as lots of movement means the filler is broken down quicker. I would suggest anywhere between 4-7 months with lips. Other areas on the face would be anywhere between 9-12 months or longer depending on where its placed. The results are instant and swelling may be present.

Hopefully this will help clear some confusion up. If you’re unsure of what treatment you’d require or would like to book a consultation then please feel free to get in touch.

Lisa x