For many people unfamiliar with the injectables, the line between Botox and Fillers can become a bit blurry. However, when choosing which procedure may be best for you, it is important to understand more about each of them and also how they differ.
What is Botox?
Botox is Botulinum toxin, a protein that can temporarily relax the muscles in your face and reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat various medical conditions like excessive sweating and migraines.
Getting Botox injections is a safe procedure that has been around for decades. After a treatment session, there is not really any downtime. The immediate area around the injection site may be a bit tender, bruised, or swollen for a short period of time. However, the bruising is not so severe that you can’t cover it up with a little makeup.
Who Should and Shouldn’t Get Botox Treatments?
Botox is a treatment that is excellent for people that want to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is especially effective for eliminating frown lines, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines
It is shouldn’t be used by people with certain medical conditions like nerve damage. Treatments are also not advised for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What are Fillers?
Dermal fillers, usually shortened to simply fillers, are gel-like hyaluronic acid that is injected into the soft tissue of the face. These fillers help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. There are other types of fillers, such as lip fillers, that actually add volume to the lips.
Getting injections of dermal fillers such as Juvederm, take about 30 minutes, but the results last for a year or more. The filler injections cause similar side effects to Botox injections such as swelling, bruising, and slight tenderness. Again, the bruising can be covered with makeup.
Who Should and Shouldn’t Get Filler Treatments?
Fillers can help eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, similar to Botox. However, it is also a good choice for people that have lost volume in their face, such as marathon runners. The fillers can give a more youthful appearance in this instance.
As with any procedure or treatment, people should consult with their physician before having filler injections. However, there are no particular contraindications to the treatment. There isn’t any known risk to those that are pregnant or breastfeeding either.
Both Botox and dermal fillers can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are considering one of these treatments, it is best to discuss the particular results you want to achieve with your plastic surgeon to decide which option is best for you.