Botox ® V Dermal Fillers
Given the rapid development of Aesthetic procedures and the lack of information available in the public domain, I still come across new clients who are not sure about the differences between Botox® and dermal fillers. I thought it would be useful to outline the differences and the different uses of both, hoping to help you to make a better-informed choice.
What is Botox ®?
Botox ® is a Brand name of prescription only medicine, derived from toxin Called Botulinum Toxin. Other brands are available, example Bocouture ® Azzalure ® etc.
The medicine is a Neuromodulator (neurotoxin) and the effect is usually referred to as a muscle relaxing or muscle freezing.
Are all Neuromodulators the same?
The simple answer is no, depending on the chain of toxin, purity, and type. This could result in different efficacy and duration of action.
What is Filler?
Filler is a generic term that refers to substances that can be injected in to the skin, under the skin, or even much deeper. Fillers do not need to be prescribed they are available as medical devices, lay people can have access to them.
They Three main type of fillers are:
- Hyaluronic acid (the most common and main type of filler used, many brands are available)
- Calcium based Radiesse ®
- Polymer Base Ellanse ®
Are all Hyaluronic Acid filler the same?
The simple answer is no, the following factors pay a role:
- Concentration of HA
- Cross link in between the molecules
- Size of the chain
The above will affect viscosity, plasticity and strength.