The difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers

We’ve all heard of Botox and dermal fillers, and we all know they’re injectable treatments for the face and occasionally body, but there are very many differences between the two treatments? In fact, you’ll find that both are very different from what they’re made from, how they work in the skin, and the results they achieve. Here at Life Should Be Beautiful, we provide both treatments and give you an insight on what’s more suitable for you. 

What they’re made from

Both of these treatments work in very different ways in the skin and face. Dermal fillers, for example, are a gel that is placed in your skin’s soft tissue. They don’t migrate from the area and work to immediately plump and restructure the treated area. They add volume to areas of the face to change its appearance. Botox is injected not into the skin, but directly into the muscle. The toxin is injected into muscle to stop it contracted as aggressively, limiting its animation and therefore preventing the muscles from creasing the skin during expression.

Where they treat

Because dermal fillers are used for soft tissue augmentation, they’re very popular in areas such as lips, cheeks and jawline. They can also be placed to lift certain areas that have thinned and are therefore creating facial folds, such as nose-to-mouth lines or marionette lines. Botox is used in expressive areas of the face to limit wrinkles and fine lines, so its main treatment areas include areas like the crow’s feet and laughter lines.

Alternative uses for both dermal fillers and Botox

Dermal filler treatment areas continue to expand as new training and procedures are developed every day. More advanced areas include the tear troughs, jawline, hands, and even injections in the areas between the chest, breast and collarbone. Botox has also developed into alternative uses though these are more medical uses. For example, Botox injections are used to treat localised excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. Using the same treatment process, small amounts of Botox are injected into treatment areas such as the underarms and hairline to limit the excessive sweat production.

Who performs the treatments

In theory, these treatments should only be performed by medical professionals, since they are using injectable substance within your skin. Botox use Botulinum Toxin A, a substance only available through prescription, and therefore can only be performed by medical professionals and independent prescribers. Dermal fillers in the UK are a non-prescription treatment because of the natural components they use, which means that technically anyone can perform them, but it is very unsafe to receive treatment from a non-medical and non-prescribing professional. Regardless of whether you are considering dermal fillers or Botox, you should always seek a medical professional or independent prescriber for your treatments.

Dermal fillers and Botox are available here in Portsmouth by the medically trained hands of the Life Should Be Beautiful team. If you would like to begin either treatment journey, then please do not hesitate to get into contact today.

Botox Treatments


I treat patients from Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and beyond with Botox.

It’s one of many treatments I carry out, yet the most common enquiry I receive is ‘What is it?’ and ‘How does it work?’.

So I’m going to tell you the facts about Botox, because that is how you become informed to make choices and consider your options.

Botox is a licensed medication, so is paracetamol. If you have a headache, you may take two tablets, but certainly not two boxes! It’s a simple way of putting it into perspective.

Botox is used in much higher doses by the NHS for various conditions including spasmodic neck, writer’s cramp, tics, multiple sclerosis, facial spasm, Parkinson’s Disease and cerebral palsy. Its popularity as a cosmetic treatment is widespread and much more recent.

Yes, it can make you look younger and fresher. These treatments can restore a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. When injected it reduces the movement of muscles in areas which may have become creased. The skin is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.

When the face is at rest, permanent lines appear naturally as we grow older. What Botox treatment does is to temporarily inactivate muscles, therefore it’s always reversible. It does not freeze or paralyse muscles as people often think it does.

The time involved is minimal. A consultation can take up to an hour, but actual treatment only takes about 5 minutes.

The areas which best respond to treatment include: vertical frown lines between the eyebrows; horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, lower face; platysma bands (the neck) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits – to be addressed in my next blog).

Every patient I treat is different; they come to me from all walks of life, with varying budgets. I see people who are seeking corrective treatment too, if less keen on a past treatment which has been carried out elsewhere.

If you only have the treatment once you benefit from a few months without creating any more lines and wrinkles.

Patients may come along every three months, or less frequently depending on what works best for their budget or lifestyle. That might be twice a year, at the beginning of summer or start of the winter party season.

I see many patients who are delighted with how we’ve worked on their problem areas. We have a good relationship and they enjoying coming to our face and skin clinic.

For them it’s minimal expenditure but maximum investment in freshening up the natural appearance that they want. I merely facilitate achieving that…

Visit our clinic for your Botox treatment which is in Wickham, Hampshire. Situated in a beautiful location in between Portsmouth and Southampton.

Blog soon, Leanne