The difference between anti-wrinkle treatment & dermal filler?

They’re two of the world’s most widely requested cosmetic treatments but what’s the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and fillers? And more importantly, which one is right for you?

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to treat dynamic facial lines or in other words, the lines which appear as a result of facial muscle movement. In contrast, hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are used to treat static facial lines and add volume to enhance the appearance of certain facial features.

We offer both treatments to patients at GILD Clinic, but anti-wrinkle injections and fillers have very different yet effective methods of rectifying the signs of skin ageing. In this article, we’ve outlined the main differences between the two, and what to consider when booking your cosmetic treatment.


The scientific name for anti-wrinkle injections is Botulinum toxin, and this is the substance used in anti-wrinkle treatments all around the world. Anti-wrinkle injections were approved as a cosmetic treatment to reduce the appearance of frown lines back in 2002, and it’s seeing a steady growth in use year on year. At GILD Clinic, we inject anti-wrinkle injections to treat forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and dimpled chins. You can find out more about those treatments by heading to our anti-wrinkle treatment page.

Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the face that cause lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein which when injected into facial muscles stops them from contracting. Numerous brands manufacture Botulinum toxin, with anti-wrinkle injections being the most well known and tested.

You can expect to see some results from your anti-wrinkle injections treatment right away, but the full effects of the treatment can take up to two weeks to appear. Results from anti-wrinkle injections vary from patient to patient but typically last between three and six months.


It’s essential to ask as many questions as you need to before any cosmetic procedure, with GILD Clinic or any other cosmetic clinic. Be sure you have received a full explanation of any possible side effects and instructions for post-treatment care of the treated area.  Your cosmetic practitioner should explain the procedure in detail, and give you an outline of what results you should expect to see from your treatment.

Similarly, you should also expect your practitioner to be able to restrain from giving you treatment if they feel it would be detrimental to your appearance or well-being. All treatments at GILD Clinic are supervised by expert cosmetic practitioners with many years of experience in delivering anti-wrinkle treatments to patients. Our practitioners all possess a strong passion and interest in the ethics of cosmetic medicine and may advise you against receiving anti-wrinkle injections should they believe it would detract from your appearance. Although this is rare, it’s important to note. Many less stringent cosmetic practices are prepared to treat patients regardless of the consequences.

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Forehead lines develop over time as the muscles in the forehead contract into a form of expression. For some patients forehead lines are deeper and appear in a greater concentration, anti-wrinkle treatments can be used to reduce their appearance.


Crow’s feet are the lines around the corners of the eyes which develop over time. Crow’s feet consist of laughter lines and wrinkles, and can deepen over time and worsen with exposure to sunlight.


Dermal fillers are quite different from anti-wrinkle treatment. Whereas anti-wrinkle treatment is used to stop facial muscles contracting, fillers add volume to the skin and enhance the appearance of certain facial features. As humans age, collagen in the skin decreases in volume. This caused the skin to become thinner and less capable of self-repair.

The body’s stores of Hyaluronic Acid also depletes with age, causing folds, wrinkles and a more sunken appearance to develop. Injecting filler into certain facial features enhances their appearance by adding volume. This leaves your face with a rejuvenated, more youthful look.

As with anti-wrinkle injections, filler treatments involve the injection of a naturally occurring substance. Filler treatments are quick, non-invasive and relatively painless with patients only experiencing a small amount of discomfort upon injection with the syringe. Fillers are injected through a small needle and syringe.

You can expect to see the results of your filler treatment immediately with the treatment itself lasting no longer than one hour. Often procedures are shorter, lasting only a few minutes and you are free to return to work or your day right after completion of your treatment. Effects from fillers can last from 6 months to as long as 18 months after treatment.


As with anti-wrinkle treatments, your cosmetic clinician should be prepared and able to give you a full explanation of the procedure and any possible side effects before your filler is injected. Often patients have strong feelings about their facial features, and which ones they would like enhancing. It’s also important to be aware that fillers are only temporary and to maintain the results from your treatment you will be likely to return to your clinician once the effects subside.

Patients are sometimes unsure about whether they should have anti-wrinkle injections or fillers. It is possible to have both in one appointment session, but it’s important to gather the advice from your cosmetic practitioner before you choose to do so. Similarly, your cosmetic practitioner will advise you on whether anti-wrinkle injections or fillers will give you the result you desire. More often than not, it’s actually a combination treatment of both dermal fillers and botulinum toxins that gives the most rejuvenating result.

As a general overview, anti-wrinkle injections are used to treat dynamic wrinkles – the ones that appear with movement of the facial muscles. Fillers are often used to treat static wrinkles, those which you can see even when no facial muscles are being strained. They are also used to enhance the volume of facial features. It’s important to check with your cosmetic practitioner about the type of treatment you require before having either anti-wrinkle injections or fillers.



Lips are one of the facial features most affected by ages, and lip fillers have boomed in popularity since the turn of the decade. Lip fillers can be used to either smooth out the lines around the mouth, or to shape and define the lips to add volume. It is a brilliant treatment for those looking to smooth out facial lines caused by smoking.


As we age our faces begin to lose their youthful appearance and skin can be become saggy and appear more sunken. Fillers can be injected along the the cheekbone area to enhance their volume and restore their appearance.

About the author

Emily is a medical doctor and a talented teacher with an array of medical & teaching qualifications. She writes and improves our Academy teaching content alongside her role as Clinical Director and Practitioner at GILD Clinic.