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Botox® and Fillers

at Omniya Clinic in London

Botox and fillers are two of the most common skincare treatments and each comes with its own set of considerations.

Deciding on the right skincare cosmetic treatment isn’t a decision to take lightly and it’s important to take the time to consider what the most suitable procedure is for you.

At Omniya, we offer Botox and fillers at our London clinic. If you’re unsure about which to choose, read on to learn more about Botox and filler treatments, benefits, side effects and more.

What are Botox and fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are similar treatments however there are differences which are explained in more detail below:

Botox is a skin treatment derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum under the brand name of Botox. It’s an injection-based procedure that’s primarily used to treat wrinkles and is also effective in the treatment of conditions such as hyperhidrosis and strabismus (eyes that point in different directions).

When injected into an area of the body, Botox blocks nerve signals to the muscles and stops a muscle from contracting. This leads to wrinkles relaxing and skin softening.

Dermal fillers are also an injection-based treatment that helps to reduce wrinkles. Also known as soft tissue fillers, they are compounds injected into the skin to provide added depth and volume.

Some of these components include:

  • Hyaluronic acid: This is a natural compound in the body that promotes collagen growth in the skin.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite: This is a mineral-like substance found in bones.
  • Polylactic acid: Another compound that helps with healthy collagen production.
  • Polyalkylimide: A type of transparent gel that can be used in the body.

Dermal fillers can be used across multiple areas of the body, including the forehead, lips, nose, cheeks and chin.

Botox® and fillers: which is better?

Rather than focusing on which treatment is ‘better’, it’s more appropriate to consider which is more suitable. After all, everyone’s skin is unique, and you’ll have your own set of preferences and conditions to deal with.

In terms of time and cost, Botox and fillers are similar because they are both quick, cost-effective procedures. Neither has an extended recovery time after treatment is completed.

From a results perspective, dermal fillers are generally longer lasting and there’s the advantage of the procedure being reversible if you’d like to have a filler taken out.

When comparing possible risks of Botox and fillers, dermal fillers have potentially more side effects than Botox. However, both procedures will always be carried out with the utmost safety in mind and our specialists will endeavour to minimise risks whenever possible.

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What types of conditions do Botox and fillers treat?

Botox injections are a versatile type of treatment used for the following conditions:

Wrinkles and fine lines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), cervical dystonia – a neurological condition that causes neck and shoulder spasms, repetitive migraines, strabismus, blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking) and bruxism (teeth grinding).

Dermal fillers can also be used to treat a wide range of conditions:

  • Wrinkles and age lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Small lips
  • Dorsal humps or nose bumps
  • Dark circles
  • Uneven jaw
  • Sunken cheeks

Benefits

Both Botox and fillers come with several benefits and they are explored below:

Advantages of using Botox

The main benefits of Botox injections are that they help to relax the muscles, reduce the impact of age, help people to feel more confident and that they are non-invasive.

Advantages of using dermal fillers

The advantages of filler treatment include long-lasting results, being a reversible process, combating age, providing more volume to the skin and improving confidence.

Side effects

Like many skin care procedures, Botox and filler treatment can lead to certain side effects and it’s vital that you discuss both treatments with a professional before committing. Your skincare expert will be able to assess your medical history and circumstances to better understand which procedure would be better.

Possible Botox side effects

We’d only recommend Botox injections to those who’re in good health and advise against it if you’re pregnant, have weak facial muscles, suffer from a neuromuscular illness such as multiple sclerosis or have particularly thick skin.

While Botox treatments are carried out in a safe environment, there’s the possibility of the following side effects:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Headaches
  • Bruising around the area of injection
  • Red eyes and irritation

Possible dermal filler side effects

Dermal fillers have several risks to be aware of and in some cases may be more severe than Botox side effects. Moderate side effects include:

  • An allergic reaction
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Temporary numbness
  • Skin irritation
  • Sore patches

Generally, these side effects clear up within two weeks.

More severe side effects include:

  • Infection
  • Long-term swelling of the face

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