The Blog Anti Wrinkle vs Dermal Filler: What’s The Difference?
Anti wrinkle injections and dermal filler treatments have very important distinctions. Although they are both injected into the skin, they perform very different functions.
Anti-wrinkle injections act to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, giving a relaxed and naturally youthful appearance. This essentially puts a pause on the ageing process, and can prevent deeper, more permanent wrinkles from forming. The anti-wrinkle product consists of a purified version of a naturally occurring protein.
When injected into wrinkle-causing muscles, these proteins work by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscle. This controlled weakening of the muscle reduces its movement, causing the wrinkles over the muscles to become smooth and disappear.
Meanwhile, dermal fillers replace lost volume, or can augment tired and hollow facial features. They consist of one of our skin’s naturally occurring sugars, hyaluronic acid. Natural ageing processes cause the skin to lose its elasticity and volume, leading to lines, hollows and sagging skin. This leaves us looking tired and sunken.
Fillers work by restoring volume through stimulating collagen production, and by drawing water to the area injected. Fillers are mainly used to augment features, such as accentuating cheekbones, providing definition to the chin, or even contouring the shape of your nose.
They can also erase wrinkles and hydrate the skin’s deeper layers. The primary function though is to restore volume to areas that have lost their tautness or ‘bounce’ due to ageing.