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Research has demonstrated that the number of those who undergo cosmetic procedures has continued to increase at a steady pace over the past five years. There are various products that people are being referred to as an option to avoid invasive procedures, ones that provide long-term results. Botox and dermal fillers are two of the most common minimally-invasive treatments, administered via injection.
Botox vs Fillers: What’s the Difference?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2015, Botox and fillers accounted for more than 9 million of the procedures performed. This further proves that cosmetic procedures are still increasingly abundant. Three years later, in 2018, 15.9 million minimally-invasive procedures were performed including Botox and fillers.
While they’re both used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, along with other things, there are several differences between the two that are worth knowing and could help you make the right decision in what method is best for you.
The question is, Botox vs fillers? Which one is right for you? Our specialists at Revive Palm Beach Gardens will help you discover what is best for your needs and how too best rejuvenate your skin.
What Is Botox?
Botox offers a safe solution for temporarily removing wrinkles. It is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments with over six million people receiving it teach year. Botox is a neurotoxin made from a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum which produces a purified form of botulinum toxin, commonly found in forests, lakes, and soil.
There are various types of Botox, including Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin. On the market for over two decades, regulated amounts of botulinum toxin have been safely used to reduce wrinkles, treat headaches/migraines, muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and other medical conditions.
How Does Botox Work and Is it Safe?
Using Botox for cosmetic reasons is a safe method for reducing fine lines and wrinkles because it is used in regulated small amounts. Botox (which, as mentioned before, contains purified bacteria) acts within the skin to temporarily paralyze muscle and block certain nerve signals in the face and neck.
In other words, the neurotoxin blocks the signals that cause muscles to contract wherever it is injected. When the botulinum goes into the skin, the nerve signals are interrupted, resulting in the affected facial muscles being forced to relax, and as a result, they become temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Without the movement of these certain muscles in the face, it softens and minimizes the appearance of frown lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.
Our skilled staff at Revive Health & Wellness in Palm Beach Gardens injects the neurotoxin in specific areas to deliver a treatment based on your needs. The Botox procedure involves a simple, non-surgical method for administering the neurotoxin directly into neuromuscular tissue to mainly lift the brow and reduce forehead wrinkles. Within one to three days, you should notice the full effects of the injection. As with all the treatments at our wellness clinic, these injections are well tolerated by most people.
How Long Does a Botox Treatment Last?
The procedure for Botox is relatively quick. However, it may take several days to notice the full effects. As everyone’s skin is different, results will vary. People should notice a gradual smoothing of facial wrinkles. It is important to note that the effects of Botox are temporary as the botulinum toxin eventually leaves your body. However, depending on the area treated, the effects should last up to 12 months. If you want to maintain long-lasting results, you’ll need additional treatments.
Unwanted side effects of Botox include numbness, mild pain, nausea, headaches, and temporary paralysis of nearby muscles. If you do experience any of these side effects, they should pass within a day or two of treatment.
However, the chances of experiencing any side effects are rare. After the procedure, you should not rub or massage the treated area for at least 24 hours. This reduces the risk of the neurotoxin spreading and causing numbness in other areas.
What Are Fillers?
Static wrinkles are defined as ones that are always there and visible regardless of if the muscles are moving or not. This is the opposite of Botox, where those wrinkles are caused directly by the movement of facial muscles such as the forehead and brows. The wrinkles that fillers aim to reduce on the skin are usually a result of a loss of collagen and elasticity.
Similar to Botox, fillers (also known as dermal fillers) are also used to treat wrinkles, most commonly to reduce the appearance of soft tissue in the face such as smile lines, as well as scars, and to plump up the lips and cheeks. There are various types of dermal fillers, but the most commonly used forms include, Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra. They are designed to treat signs of aging and, depending on the filler selected, they can do the following:
- Fill in or soften the appearance of static wrinkles (around the mouth and along the cheeks), specifically on the lower parts of the face
- Plump up small or thinning lips
- Enhance the appearance of shallow areas on the face including the cheeks
- Soften the look and appearance of scars
- Decrease the appearance of dark circles or shadows under the lower eyelids
How Do Fillers Work and Is it Safe?
Fillers are also called soft tissue fillers. They are substances that are manufactured to inject beneath the skin’s surface to add volume and fullness. Fillers also help to smooth away lines, soften creases, or enhance contours in the face. Fillers are a safe and cost-effective way to look younger without having to undergo invasive surgery with painful and debilitating downtime. Two of the most important ingredients in fillers have the properties to serve their anti-aging purpose and treat other cosmetic issues. These include the following:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Found in various skincare and anti-aging products, this helps add plumpness to the skin.
- Polylactic Acid: Helps stimulate the skin to make more collagen.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
As mentioned above, dermal fillers are effective in producing results and cost. Results differ depending on which type of filler you choose. However, it is worth noting that, overall, they last longer than Botox injections. Depending on the person, the length of effectiveness will differ. Like most treatments, they take some time to work. Some fillers will last for 6 months, while other types can do so for 2 years or longer. Along with Botox, multiple treatments and maintenance may be necessary to achieve the desired results once the fillers wear off.
Key Differences of Botox and Fillers in Summary
For Botox and fillers, people need to, first and foremost discuss their individual needs and expectations with their doctor. This will help people to determine whether botox vs fillers is the right choice, and most importantly, to rejuvenate their skin and feel the best version of themselves. Remember these key differences:
- Botox: Also known as botulinum toxin, Botox is a neurotoxin that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles by freezing moving muscles in areas on the face and neck caused by facial expressions. Results can last up to 12 months.
- Dermal fillers: These substances containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid are used to go under the surface of the skin or dermis. They “fill in” or plump areas that have lost fullness and smoothness due to loss of collagen and elasticity. Fillers are usually injected around the mouth, into the lips and cheeks. They may also be used on scars, and other areas resulting in a more voluminous and smoother aesthetic. Depending on which filler is used, results will vary. They can last for up to 6 months to 2 years.
Since Botox and fillers are different substances designed for different reasons, they are sometimes combined in one treatment. For example, someone can use Botox to correct the lines that have formed between their eyes and fillers to correct their lips that may lack fullness or their smile lines that appear prominently around the mouth.
Take Years Off the Appearance of Your Age with Botox
At Revive, we offer high-quality Botox and filler treatments to address forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and sagging skin. Lift your brow and remove fine lines from your face and neck to achieve younger-looking skin.
To learn more about botox vs fillers, and which one is right for you, contact us today at (561) 944-3501 and receive a FREE consultation.