Botox vs dermal fillers: which is better?

Botox and dermal fillers are the most popular aesthetic procedures available for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. However, it is not the case that one is ‘better’ than the other, but rather that they do very different things and choice of treatment depends on your ageing concerns and what you’re hoping to achieve, as Buckinghamshire-based plastic surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh always explains.

What does Botox do?

Botox, or botulinum toxin to give it its full name, is a naturally-occurring purified protein which can temporarily relax the facial muscles when injected into the nerves that tell those muscles to relax and contract.

Botox is often called the wonder drug and it’s not surprising; since Canadian dermatologist Dr Jean Carruthers discovered that Botox could smooth dynamic wrinkles, in the form of frown lines and crow’s feet, the applications of Botox continue to expand.

Aesthetic practitioners are now using Botox to treat excessive sweating, to narrow a wide jaw and to achieve a slight lift either in the brow area or at the corners of the mouth which tend to droop as you age. However wonderful Botox is though, it is only as good or safe as the practitioner who is injecting it. It is crucial that you choose a highly experienced and qualified practitioner and a plastic surgeon such as Mr Sudip Ghosh will have the necessary knowledge of facial and body anatomy.

What can dermal fillers achieve?

As we age we lose volume in the face as collagen and elastin, the components of the skin that provide plumpness and support, begin to deplete. This causes sunken, flat cheeks, marked folds between the nose and mouth and down to the chin and it often results in thinner, less defined lips surrounded by small fine lines.

Mr Sudip Ghosh only uses the leading brands of temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to revese this loss of volume. These fillers come in a number of different consistencies, meaning they can be used in all areas of the face, neck, hands or even body to create a subtle and beautiful enhancement.

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