The demand for youth boosting skincare treatments has never been stronger.
And if you’re one of the millions of women weighing up the pros and cons of non-invasive skincare procedures, the chances are you’ve considered Botox and dermal fillers.
We sat down with renowned dermatologist Dr Geoff Mullen from top aesthetic medicine clinic Medicetics to get the lowdown.
What are the biggest benefits of fillers over Botox?
Fillers have unfairly had a bad reputation in the UK and we tend to find patients are much more apprehensive about them than Botox, which is ironic given that hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvéderm and Restylane for example) are definitely safer than Botox.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the skin so the body will not see it as a foreign substance and hence react to it. It is commonly used as a moisturiser in creams so enormous numbers of people use it on their skin already. Most fillers last for at least eight months and some newer ranges can last up to 18 months, so there’s no need for lots of repeat treatments. In contrast, the average duration of action for Botox is 14 weeks.
Contrary to popular belief, Botox and fillers are rarely inter-changeable. Botox tends to be used mostly in the upper face to deal with dynamic lines and wrinkles whereas fillers are used to fill out deep creases or replace lost fat. However they can sometime augment the effect of the other, such as between the eyes.
Would you agree that non-surgical procedures such as Botox and fillers are actually preventative measures against wrinkles?
Definitely. Botox and fillers are absolutely preventative if started at the first sign of lines. When treatment is started early it halts the progression of lines and means that we can do very light subtle treatments reducing the force of movement rather than freezing muscles. If you leave it too late the lines can become permanent with dermal scarring and become much more difficult to improve without compromising natural expression. It’s rare for somebody in their twenties to have ‘lines at rest’ however it does depend on sun exposure/ sun bed use, smoking and genetics. Mid-thirties is a much more common age to start treatments.
Are you a fan of new ‘soft’ fillers, which give a subtler look?
Fillers have been very soft for some time. The Juvéderm Ultra range has been more of a gel like substance as opposed to the harder products that Restylane were using. I feel one of the problems with these cosmetic treatments is that very good work, which is subtle by definition, goes unnoticed and it is only the bad quality overdone work that is obvious.
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