In the cosmetic world, Derma Fillers and Botox procedures are some of the well-known and popular treatments to fight skin aging. Botox and fillers both have their exceptional advantages, and a combination of the two can make longer-lasting results than Botox or fillers alone.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 2015, Botox and dermal filler treatments are widely known, considering more than 9 million procedures were done.
While they have their similarities and likenesses, they do have their differences.
Continue reading to find out how they differ from each other!
Botox is a non-surgical procedure for a facial makeover, especially for the treatment of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Botox came from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a neurotoxic protein. The small doses of Botox can weaken or paralyze muscles that help lessen wrinkles and result in a smoother and younger-looking face over time. Botox works by halting chemical signals from nerves and regulating it causes the muscles to contract and freeze. It is most effective and operational when used on glabellar lines (wrinkles between your eyebrows), horizontal wrinkles on your forehead, and lines at the corners of your mouth, and “cobblestone” skin on your chin. Moreover, it can also treat migraines, hyperhidrosis, and many other conditions.
Botox is FDA- permitted and is a highly effective and safe procedure when done by a professional or licensed practitioner. The treatment usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the areas you want to be treated. It has very localized effects that will not affect your ability to smile, laugh, or show expression.
About Dermal Fillers
Derma fillers are included in the groups of injectable products intended to restore facial volume and revitalize your appearance. It is also a non-surgical treatment for different areas of your face. It is generally used for cheeks, lips, and around the mouth. At times, they’re used for hand treatments or to diminish the appearance of scars.
Derma fillers are gel-like materials that are injected underneath the skin to repair lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or heighten facial contours. It is found out that yearly, more than 1 million men and women have selected this type of facial rejuvenation treatment that is cost-effective that results in a younger and smoother appearance without surgery or downtime.
Like Botox, Derma fillers are also FDA approved, so it is considered safe and effective. Fillers add volume, stimulate natural collagen production, and prevent the skin from sagging. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid. Fillers are directly injected into the skin using a very fine needle to fill in facial wrinkles and to bring back a smoother appearance. Fillers are very effective at fighting the early signs of aging.
What makes the two different from each other?
Both Botox and fillers are effective ways in fighting signs of aging, and these two different products aim to revitalize and restore your youthful, younger skin.
Let’s check out the differences between Botox and fillers below.
Botox is the short name of an injectable drug, botulinum toxin type A. It came from a bacterium named Clostridium botulinum. Botox consists of 7 types of neurotoxins; yet, only toxins A and B are used clinically. Botox A is used particularly in dermatology for cosmetic purposes. Botox was the very first type of botulinum toxin used in the cosmetic industry. Yet other products are now available in the market, including abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport), rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc), and incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin). Moreover, Botox became a common term used to describe all components used in cosmetic treatments by society.
On the other hand, Derma fillers are composed of a range of substances, some are naturally occurring, and some are man-made. One of the foremost common compounds used is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural substance found in our skin, and it plays an important role in keeping our skin moist and thick. Another compound found on your body is Calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral-like compound found in human bones. While synthetic substances found in fillers are Poly-L-lactic acid that helps to stimulate collagen production and used to restore the volume of the tissue.
You can see the results of Botox treatments right away, but the result might take up to two weeks. Having Botox treatment can reduce wrinkles and fine lines for up to four months. If you want to get the best result, it is suggested that you maintain the injections every few months.
While all dermal fillers are temporary, the particular duration of their results depends on different factors, such as the type of filler being used, where it was injected, and the patient’s specific skin type. Thus the effect is approximately 6 to 12 months, and other dermal fillers can last 2 to 5 years.
3. Areas of Treatment
Fillers are used in enhancing facial features, such as your lips to plump and volumize, cheeks that are beginning to sag and wrinkle. Fillers can also be used to treat problems under the eye area and along nasolabial folds or smile lines. While botox is used for the treatment of the face. Because filler makes the different facial muscles relaxed from the forehead to the neck area, wrinkles can be reduced, resulting in smooth and radiant skin.
Moreover, Botox may treat and correct:
- · Lazy eye-(An imbalance in the muscles that are responsible for positioning your eyes
- Hyperhidrosis (the extreme sweating that happens even when the temperature is cold)
- Migraines, Botox shots may help reduce your headache occurrence.
- Botox can help with your overactive bladder.
4. Side Effects
Both Botox and Fillers are safe and proven effective. However, some side effects can occur. In derma fillers, patients may experience side effects such as skin rash, itching, or redness thus. These side effects will soon fade away. Same with Botox, very minimal problems may occur, such as pain, swelling on the injection site, yet it is still tolerable.
Both Botox and fillers are not suggested for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Moreover, people who have or experience health issues or who take any medications should discuss whether Botox or fillers are safe for them. It is best to seek advice from a medical practitioner to ensure that the procedure will be done safely and properly.
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