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The Difference Between Botulinum Toxin and Fillers

Published on: November 6, 2018

With the battle of ageing well, botulinum toxin and fillers are two words that get thrown around a lot. But do you actually know what they are, and how they differ? Well, luckily, our anti-ageing experts here at The London Cosmetic Clinic can explain!

What Is Botulinum Toxin?

Known amongst experts of science as botulinum toxin, it is a purified protein that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines by temporarily relaxing the muscles in your face. Pretty cool, right?

Botulinum toxin is actually the brand name, just like Lycra or Kleenex. It’s the most widely used form of botulinum toxin.  Other reputable brands include Azzalure.

It can be used to treat conditions such as excessive sweating or teeth grinding, but it’s mainly a tool to reduce those pesky dynamic fine lines of ageing. It’s super safe, with no long-term side effects – just be prepared for a little bruising or swelling, but that’ll go quickly.

What Are Fillers?

Also known as dermal fillers, facial fillers are also used to reduce the signs of ageing.

Whereas botulinum toxin relaxes the muscle-causing wrinkles, fillers fill the areas with a soft tissue gel, usually composed of hyaluronic acid. This adds volume, structure and shape that’s been lost back into the face, lifting areas of sagging skin, and smoothing out the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

As with botulinum toxin the results are also temporary.

Which One Should You Choose?

The most popular uses of botulinum toxin include reducing the look of frown lines, the little lines you get between your eyebrows (also known as glabellar lines), and crow’s feet. If you’ve got these kinds of wrinkles – and they’re caused by muscle movement – then botulinum toxin might just be the treatment you’ve been looking for.

Fillers, on the other hand, work on adding volume, and don’t target the muscle-related wrinkles, though they can be used on them. Lines around the mouth and nose are better treated with fillers, and they can be used to alter face shape and structure, creating a contour to your cheekbones that even Kim Kardashian would be jealous of!

If you want to learn more about botulinum toxin, facial fillers, or any of the other treatments we offer at The London Cosmetic Clinic, chat to the team today and we’ll give you the low-down on everything you need to know. Or, book in for a consultation and start your journey to rediscover your youth today!

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