Dermal fillers vs Botox: what’s the difference?

Posted on January 4, 2017

With the amount of treatments available to combat the signs of ageing, specifically, to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it can be a little bit confusing trying to navigate the different treatment options. How do you know which one is right for you? What are the differences between them? And are there any downsides?

One of the most common questions we get here at Rejuvenate is how dermal fillers differ from Botox. We should say that Botox is a specialist treatment that should only be carried out by a doctor.

We thought we’d take the time in this blog to explain the difference between dermal fillers and Botox to give you an idea of what kind of treatment would be most suited for you.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers can either be a synthetic or naturally derived material that is injected into the skin to plump it out. You can target certain areas such as around the mouth, eyes, chin, cheeks and nose to get rid of unwanted fine lines and wrinkles; as well as plumping out limps, hollowed skin and folds. Facial contours can also be enhanced through the use of dermal fillers.

What is Botox?

Botox involves an injection too but works in a completely different way. Botox performs no plumping action, rather, it is used to freeze muscles that cause wrinkles. Because Botox freezes muscles, it is only really used around the eyes and in the forehead.

How long do dermal fillers and Botox last?

Dermal fillers last between six to 12 months depending on filler chosen and area applied. Botox on the other hand only last for around 3-6 months.

Dermal fillers at Rejuvenate

Here at Rejuvenate, we have two kinds of dermal fillers available – both natural. Teosyl and Juvederm are both excellent fillers that can be used to tackle stubborn wrinkles, create fuller lips and plump up problem areas in the skin. Unlike Botox, these dermal fillers do not freeze muscles or affect facial expressions whatsoever. Results can be seen immediately and because they are natural products, there is much less risk of an allergic reaction. The fillers naturally flow with the hyaluronic acid already in your skin to give a natural looking effect rather than a completely new face!


Basically, dermal fillers are a more natural way to combat the signs of ageing and can go a long way in plumping up the skin making it appear smoother and younger. Botox is a less natural way of achieving anti-ageing but does not plump the skin in any way – it only freezes the muscles to combat wrinkles and lines. Dermal fillers can also be used all over the face whilst Botox is only recommended around the eyes and forehead. Dermal fillers tend to last longer than Botox too. Many clients start with dermal fillers and as they age, progress to a combination of both dermal fillers and Botox.
We hope our post has cleared up the difference between dermal fillers and Botox but why not pop into our skin clinic in Manchester to book a consultation? Our team can talk you through our dermal fillers & wrinkle injections and answer any questions you have.

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