Dermal Filler vs. Botox – Which Is a Better?

What Injections Are More Efficient in Reducing Wrinkles?

Anti-Wrinkle agents like Botox and Dermal Fillers like Restylane are sometimes interchangeably called “injectables”. These are ‘non-surgical’ methods used to treate fine lines and wrinkles or facial skeletal atrophy (lost volume or hollowing of the face in certain areas). So which one is better – Botox or Filler in terms of:

  • quick results
  • minimal discomfort
  • little if any downtime
  • eradicating wrinkles that stem from repeated facial expression
  • frown lines
  • squinting/crow’s feet

Dr Mark Gittos is an experienced and talented plastic surgeon who has helped hundreds of patients achieve the aesthetic results they desired with the help of surgical and non-surgical plastic surgery procedures.

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What Is Botox and What Is Its Effect on Wrinkles?

Botox is a neurotoxin. Neurotoxins work by temporarily paralysing the underlying facial muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract. When properly injected, with these muscles relaxed, patients can smile, frown, or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases that occur with repeated facial movements.

What Are Dermal Fillers and What Do They Do?

Dermal fillers have become one of the most popular options when it comes to fighting the early signs of ageing. Today, there are many different kinds of dermal fillers, each treating different signs of ageing like volume loss, overly thin lips, and fine lines and wrinkles. Instead of relaxing facial muscles like Botox, dermal fillers work by adding temporary volume under the skin in order to fill wrinkles and plump the skin.

Cosmetic Injectables – Neurotoxins and Fillers

Anti Wrinkle Injectables (AWIs) and dermal fillers are knowns as “injectables”. Both are great non-surgical methods for treating fine lines and wrinkles. These two treatments share some similarities: they have the power to create quick and dramatic results, with relatively no pain and no downtime.

However, fillers and AWIs are very different in terms of how they work and which types of wrinkles they treat.

Further Reading about Non-Surgical Procedures

Medical References about Botox and Filler Injections

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women. 

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.


Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website

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What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress for examination
  • Bring your medical referral and any relevant medical documents or test results

Book your Initial Surgery Consultation

  • A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Email us or Call on 09 529 5352 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • Book a consultation with Dr Gittos by paying the Consultation Fee – $350 incl GST

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