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Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections – what’s the difference?

Facial aesthetics are becoming ever more popular, with more individuals shying away from surgical rejuvenation. Non-surgical treatments are much more natural-looking and temporary, eliminating the common fear of a procedure going wrong and having permanent health problems or a disfigurement. Both dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are often talked about in the mainstream media and even by friends and loved ones. But how much do you actually know about these two treatments?

The main difference comes down to what they are actually made of. Dermal fillers are most commonly made from a sugar called hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occurring in the body. This sugar is present in our skin tissue and contributes to volume, laxity, and firmness, making it completely safe to inject. This is also why the body is so accepting of the foreign object, as it recognises it. On the other hand, anti-wrinkle injections are made from a medically regulated and FDA-approved toxin. Rather than being injected into facial tissues, like dermal fillers are, anti-wrinkle injections are used in over-active facial muscles to combat lines and wrinkles.

Now you know what these treatments are made of, we can discuss what the aims of the procedures are. The goal for a dermal filler treatment is to focus on adding volume to areas of the face which are lacking structure and have lost volume, mostly due to age. As we age, our skin naturally sags and becomes loose, forming unwanted lines and folds. Dermal fillers are used to plump up these areas to restore volume and structure of the face.

Anti-wrinkle injections, whilst having many medical uses, is mainly used to soften harsh and deep lines on the face, which can age us as they develop. The substance relaxes the muscles in areas which are over-expressive. This stops them contracting aggressively, allowing the skin to stop creasing and the lines become less deep.

A further difference between the two treatments, is the areas they treat. We experience most of our volume in our lower-face, therefore dermal fillers focus on bringing volume back to this area. The most common areas to treat with dermal fillers are the cheeks and lips, which add contour to the face with this newly added volume. However, anti-wrinkle injections focus mainly on the upper part of the face, where our expressive muscles tend to reside. Popular areas to treat with anti-wrinkle injections are forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet.

Rejuvenating the face to create a more youthful and fresher appearance varies depending on the treatment used – either dermal fillers, or anti-wrinkle injections. The treatments are used in different areas for different problems. It’s important to know which treatment to ask for, and hopefully after reading this blog post you now know which is which!

If you’d like to book a consultation regarding facial rejuvenation at Falmouth Faces, we’d love to welcome you! Set in the beautiful coastal location of Falmouth, and with an incredibly talented team, we can help you begin a brand-new chapter of your life. Speak to a member of our team on 07377 674848 or by emailing us at

*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, Falmouth Facial Aesthetics Aesthetics cannot guarantee specific results.

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