Botox vs Fillers: What Is Best For You?

botox and fillers

Cosmetic advancements have come a long way from what they were before. There were only a handful of countable technologies earlier to aid in age reversal. But scientific developments and medical research have ensured several safe, dermatologically tested options for reducing fine lines and providing a younger-looking, rejuvenated appearance safely and efficiently. Botox and Dermal fillers are two such tried and tested methods. But before you start looking for facial fillers in Dubai or shortlist clinics offering quality botox in Dubai, it is imperative to understand which one will work best for you.


What Is Botox?

Botox is a drug made from the toxins of the bacteria Botulinum Clostridium and related species. While there are many Botulinum toxins, types A and B are the most common types of Botox treatment in Dubai and the rest of the world to reduce muscle spasms and for other medicinal and cosmetic purposes. With age, the connective tissue of the face produces less collagen leading to reduced flexibility of the connective tissue and, in turn, wrinkles and fine lines.

Botox injections work on wrinkles and fine lines of the face by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles responsible for the fine lines. It virtually blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, because of which the muscles cannot contract, resulting in the relaxing and softening of the fine lines. Though needing regular injections, Botox can dramatically affect the facial rejuvenation of the skin.


The Concept Of Fillers

Depending on the user’s requirements, dermal fillers are available in many methods, like implants, lip fillers, facial fillers, and wrinkle fillers. They are one of the few facial fillers approved by the FDA for creating a smoother and fuller appearance of the face. The history of dermal fillers can be traced to the 1980s, when the same technology was used, albeit with different filler materials, to improve the aesthetic appearance of the face. You can access FDA-approved fillers in Dubai only through a well-reputed registered clinic. 

Animal collagen was used for a long time as filler material until the advent of Hyaluronic acid in the early 2000s, proving a much safer option. Adding lidocaine to hyaluronic acid further increased its popularity by making it painless. Hyaluronic acid is an essential component of the extracellular matrix found in the connective tissue and skin of the human body. It is functional in providing water content and volume to the facial structures. Your skin loses its viscoelastic properties with age, rebalanced through dermal fillers. They are believed to improve collagen production and affect fibroblast morphology, enabling age-reversal symptoms.

However, you must consult an experienced dermatologist to weigh your options while looking for facial fillers in Dubai. In this regard, Bizrahmad offers premium dermal fillers in Dubai to rejuvenate your aesthetic appearance like never before. However, we strongly advise all our patients to talk with our experts and run preliminary checks. Based on the results, we sign them up for either fillers or Botox treatment.


Basic Understanding Of Your Skin

Knowing about wrinkles is vital first to understand what is best for you. Wrinkles or fine lines are the creases formed on the skin. While some are barely noticeable and observed only on extreme facial movements, some wrinkles have deep furrows and are evident without any facial action. Age is usually the most common factor leading to collagen loss and the subsequent formation of fine lines. But other factors like prolonged exposure to the sun, smoking, dehydration, and other environmental and genetic factors can accelerate the process. The most common area of these wrinkles is on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and the cheeks near the outer corner of the eyes. These wrinkles are also called dynamic ones due to the contraction of muscles attached to the overlying skin. When treated in time, they can be completely reversed. But when left for a prolonged period, they turn into Static or permanent wrinkles. The third type of wrinkle results from sagging of the facial structures resulting in a ‘nasolabial’ groove between the nose and mouth. With this basic understanding, let’s analyze whether you need fillers or Botox in Dubai.


What will work for you?

What will work for you depends on the intensity of your lines and boils down to one rule. “Lines of expression need Botox. Lines at rest need fillers.” Botox works best on dynamic wrinkles around the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. In their initial stages, regular Botox treatment in Dubai can lead to remarkable changes quickly. Especially for the crease points of the face that contract, Botox is exactly what you need. On the other hand, dermal fillers work best on permanent creases in the face, evident even without facial contraction.

There are two kinds of dermal fillers based on the severity of your creases and wrinkles- Hyaluronic acid fillers and Calcium Hydroxyapatite fillers. 

Hyaluronic acid fillers come in varied consistencies and densities and are suited for use throughout the face. Wrinkles on the temples, nasolabial folds, cheekbones, jowls, nose, and forehead neck benefit from hyaluronic acid fillers. Belotero works on fine lines, and Juvederm helps in obtaining sharp features. Cara, or Calcium Hydroxyapatite, is another dermal filler used in the lower face. Cheeks and jawline are more benefited from CaHa fillers. Let’s look at different parts of the face for a better idea.


A Detailed Observation



Not all people have the same amount of sagging or even reason for opting for Botox or fillers. Botox works best on areas around the lips, like the vertical lines around the corners of the mouth or towards the inside of the lips. Dermal fillers are more suited for people with age-related thinning or genetically thin lips to give them a plump appearance. Sometimes, the medical expert can also advise a combination of the two to achieve the best results in facial rejuvenation for the patient.



Cheeks contain collagen and connective tissue in a larger volume than the rest of the face. Age and other collagen thinning factors are more suited to fillers that fill the sag by repairing the collagen level differently. Several fillers have been used with satisfactory results on the cheek regions. Juvederm and Sculptra are the most recommended of the lot. Once injected, the fillers easily last for 1-2 years and provide a filling appearance to the skin. After this period, they are metabolized and reabsorbed by the body without impacting the safety or health of the user.


Eyes And The Area Around Them

Eyebrows, cheeks near the eyebrows, and the space between the eyebrows comprise the eye portion fit for injectable purposes. Botox works for ocular lid conditions like crow’s feet, brow lift, eyelid lift, and wrinkles around the eyes. Apart from these, it also successfully addresses frown lines and forehead wrinkles. The results are evident within a few days of the procedure and are consistent when regularly followed up. Dermal fillers, in contrast, solve the problem of sunken eyes that Botox treatments cannot address. Like in previous cases, a combination of both works best for the patient for working on the volume and the quality of the ocular region.  



Foreheads are regions of constant muscle contraction. This is precisely why dermal fillers are not a great option for these regions and are shed quicker, owing to the constant muscle motions. The forehead lines being particularly stubborn ones, Botox, though more effective than fillers, does a better job than others but fails to erase the wrinkles. Combination therapy works best when the creases are smoothened considerably through Botox and further improved by fillers for more efficient and longer-lasting results.



In the case of remodelling the jowls of the facial region, dermal fillers are considered a better option than Botox for improving their symmetry and contours. Dermal fillers, or jaw fillers, as they are referred to in this case, address the issue of baggy skin and soft contours while at the same time providing sharpness to the face. For improving the jawline, hyaluronic acid and calcium Hydroxylapatite are considered good options and chosen per the surgeon’s treatment plan. Juvederm Volux is the only FDA-approved dermal filler for jaw and chin regions. Apart from addressing the double chin issue, it is used to contour the jawline, address an asymmetrical jawline and reduce the effects of jowls and age-related sagging on the lower portion of the face.



Botox and Dermal fillers have unique working mechanisms and identities of their own. Requirements and facial structures vary from person to person. There are a lot of factors that are important in deciding whether you need Botox or dermal fillers for your conditions. The area of the face being treated, the type and severity of wrinkles formed, the patient’s requirements, and the surgeon’s treatment plan are a few. If you are still confused about going for fillers or Botox in Dubai, get in touch with Bizrahmad. We have expert doctors to help you reach an easy conclusion after a consultation. With more than two decades of experience in botox and facial fillers in Dubai, Bizrahmad would be your ideal bet.