Both may seem very similar, but they are in fact two very distinct things
Botox vs Fillers can sometimes appear a little blurred. It might be difficult for someone just starting to look at injectables.

So, with this in mind we sat down to speak to one of London’s top experts on the subject to discover how they differ. Also, what are the key questions you should ask before you consider treatment. Continue reading to learn which option is best for YOU.
Botox
What is Botox? And how does it function?

Dr David Jack of Harley Street is an aesthetic doctor who explains that Botox is shorthand for botulinumtoxin. It’s a grouping molecule produced by bacteria clostridium Botulinum. Because of its ability to block certain nerve types’ action, it is sometimes called a toxins. This toxin was refined for use in medicine. Small doses can now be injected into specific areas to block some nerves.

It is used to relax muscles tension in the facial expressions. This then relaxes wrinkles and lines. It can also relax muscles that pull down on the forehead, like the neck muscles, which will create a lifting effect. It can also be used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, and to block sweat glands. Botox can also be used to treat migraines by injecting Botox into several areas of the scalp.

Individuals may experience effects lasting between 3 and 6 months.

Botox has side effects

Botox does not cause side effects. There is a possibility of some bruising, tenderness, and other skin reactions. Sometimes, people can feel headaches the first few days after receiving Botox. Other side effects that are less common include headaches and difficulty swallowing.
Who can/can’t have Botox and who shouldn’t?

Botox has very few side effects and is generally considered safe. Contraindications include pregnancy and myasthenia graveis.

“Generally patients are in their late 20s or so – I don’t want to see patients any younger because ‘preventative Botox’ is a little too much!

What questions should you ask your doctor before you make a decision about a treatment?

It’s important that you feel at ease with your practitioner before you go under any form of treatment. You should never be afraid of asking questions to make sure that the job gets done correctly and safely.

Dr Jack advises that you always ask about the qualifications of the practitioner as well as how long they have been performing the treatment. It is important to ensure that the product used is legitimate.

“In relation to the treatment, it is difficult to determine who it is suitable for. It is always an opinion matter and should be decided jointly between patient and practitioner based on your experience and your personal wishes. If you feel pressured into any treatment, you should take a step back and determine if it is right.
How much does botox cost?

“This is dependent on the clinic, practitioner. You can expect to pay approximately PS450-PS800 for a full face treatment in central London if you have an experienced and well-trained doctor. Unfortunately, even though they aren’t medically certified, beauty therapists are still able to provide treatments. Prices are also lower. It is all well and good, but then something happens!
Fillers
What are fillers, and how do they function?

A group of injectable medical products called “dermal fillers” that are designed to increase tissue volume. There are many kinds of fillers: hyaluronic (the most commonly used), collagen-stimulating and permanent fillers. Fat transfer may also be considered a filler’.

Fillers can be injected in areas to restore lost volume and revitalize the skin. The technology is rapidly improving, with many fillers of different types and consistencies.

Results typically last for 18 to 24 months. However, results can be reversed prior to that time.

What side effects can fillers cause?

Side effects associated with dermal injections are very rare. These include bruising (swelling), lumpiness, and occasionally vascular occlusion. In this case, the filler accidentally gets injected into a vein, causing blockage and tissue damage. This latter condition is rare. Side effects such nerve damage, allergic reactions and infection are extremely rare.
Ask your consultant these questions before you start filling with them.

The most important questions to ask are about their qualifications, experience, and references. Because of the many issues I see inexperienced practitioners, most often beauty therapists, it is important that you confirm that they are medically licensed and can inject hyaluronidase should there be a vascular obstruction.
Who can/can have fillers?

The following are contraindications to injecting fillers: Previous reaction to filler, local infection and pregnancy. Fillers are not considered to be “inert medical devices”, so they don’t have to be prescribed and can be purchased over-the counter. There is also the possibility that fillers could be administered by beauticians, hairdressers and other beauty professionals. This poses a number of challenges to the industry.

“I would also want to ask about the filler and the brand. Juvederm or Teosyal brands are known for their extensive research and therefore they are considered the most reliable and trustworthy. I’ve seen many people experience real problems with cheap fillers being injected by beauty therapists.
How much does filler cost?

The cost of dermalfillers will be very different from Botox Newcastle. The cost of Juvederm per syringe in a good medical clinic is between PS300-700. I would expect to be charged around PS1,500-3500 for full-face, larger volumes.

“Lower that this and I would question the quality and experience of the product being used.”