Choosing Between Botox and Fillers
Botox and Fillers are both used for anti-aging purposes, and plenty of people assume that they are they same thing, and serve the same functions. However, the truth is that Botox and Fillers are very different, even though they both are used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Depending on your skin, and skin issues, you’re likely to reap more benefits from choosing the right treatment. Hence, we’re here to explain what Botox and Fillers are.
Botox is an anti-wrinkle injection using a toxin known as botulinum toxin. If used in large quantities, this toxin could be dangerous. You’re probably concerned about how toxins could possibly be allowed in cosmetic practices. Do not worry though, as the toxin is used in extremely minute quantities for aesthetic treatments and can hence be approved as safe. Botox is injected into the target muscle and produces a relaxed effect, releasing the muscle from its original tension. Resultantly, the wrinkles and lines that were present initially will be smoothened out.
Botox can also be used for short-term skin lifting in areas such as the neck or jaw area, slimming jaw muscles, lowering oil production (Micro Refine), and managing excessive sweating.
Usually, the effects of Botox last about 3 to 6 months.
Fillers have volumizing effects and are planted in the tissue, underneath the skin to offer a revitalized look. There are multiple types of fillers, and the most frequently used one is hyaluronic acid, which can be dissolved should it be requested. Besides this type, other types of fillers include collagen-stimulating fillers. Unlike hyaluronic fillers, collagen-stimulating fillers cannot be dissolved, and instead your body breaks them down slowly over 6 to 24 months (estimated).
Fillers can also be used to restore any volume that disappeared from the face due to ageing or weight loss. Plus, if the right areas are targeted, fillers also help to relax tissues and offers a small lift in the short term. The most frequent areas treated by fillers include the cheeks, temples, and the tear trough. Fillers are also used to shape the face by defining cheekbones, lengthening a short chin, or heightening a nose bridge.
Which One Is Better?
This is similar to asking: “Is green or blue better?”
Botox and fillers are different kinds of treatments altogether, serve different functions, and hence cannot be directly compared without looking at your skin condition. However, both Botox and Fillers work extremely well to rejuvenate the face and have great safety profiles. While there are a few cases of side effects that have been reported, these occurrences are extremely uncommon and Botox and Fillers remain a well-loved, non-invasive alternative to surgical aesthetic treatments.