Help! What’s the difference between botox and dermal filler?

What's the difference between botox and filler?

As we age, the structure of our face changes, at different rates for each of us.

Lines and wrinkles appear, volume loss occurs and skin starts sagging. It is possible to slow down the signs of ageing using appearance medicine. But it can sometimes be confusing as to which treatment does what, and how they might help with your concerns. Fashion Quarterly asks leading appearance medicine providers Caci to explain the differences between botox and dermal filler:

Botox® is a treatment to relax wrinkle-causing muscles, by temporarily immobilising the muscle beneath the skin to help refresh your appearance. It’s not a permanent anti-aging solution as the effects wear off over a few months.  Dermal fillers such as Juvederm® are used to plump up the skin and provide the structure needed to restore the contours of the face where volume loss has occurred due to age. Dermal fillers can last up to a year.

The main differences:

Lasts 3-4 months
Results show after about a week
A simple injection which temporarily immobilises the targeted muscle
Smooth wrinkles and fine lines, while preventing further lines developing
Ideal for dynamic lines and wrinkles that move with your expressions, like frown lines

Dermal fillers
Fillers last up to a year
Results are almost instant
Simple injection – of Juvederm®, a gel comprised of hyaluronic acid to add volume
Enhances volume, smooth wrinkles, plump up fine lines, and adds volume to lips
Ideal for static lines, ones that show when you’re not moving, like smile lines

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* This article was brought to you by Caci. To have any specific appearance medicine questions addressed in absolute confidence or to book a free consultation to find out whether either of these treatments are for you, call Caci on 0800 588 566 or visit