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Fillers vs Botox – Everything you need to know before getting treatment

Fillers in Dubai | 9 September 2019

They seem similar, but in reality they’re two very different things. The line between Botox vs fillers can sometimes seem a bit blurred, so if you’re just starting to look into injectables, it might feel confusing working out which is best for you.

What is Botox and how does it work? 

Botox is the short name for botulinum toxin, a group of molecules produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. It is called a ‘toxin’ because in very high quantities it can act as a ‘neurotoxin’ in the body, blocking the action of certain nerve types. In medicine, this toxin has been refined and tiny doses of the original toxin can be injected into areas where it is desirable to block the action of some nerves, for example in the tiny muscles of the eye, for squints, or in the bladder for hyperactive muscle. In aesthetics, it can be injected directly into the tiny muscles of facial expression to relax the muscle tension on the skin, where they create lines with age; this then relaxes the lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to relax muscles that pull down on the face, for example in the neck muscles, to give a lifting effect. Likewise, it can also be used to block sweat glands, so can be used for treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Migraines can also be treated effectively with Botox injected into several points in the scalp. Effects can last between 3-6 months, depending on the individual.

What are dermal fillers and how do they work? 

Dermal fillers are a group of injectable medical products designed to add volume to tissues. There are many different types of fillers, such as hyaluronic acid fillers (the most common type) and collagen-stimulating fillers (such as sculptra). Fat transfer might also be considered a ‘filler’. Generally speaking, fillers can be injected into areas to replace lost volume and revitalise the skin. There are many different consistencies and forms of fillers, for use in different areas, and the technology is improving rapidly. Results usually last for 18 months, but can be reversed before that time.