July 17, 2019
When it comes to injections, there are two main types, Botox and fillers. But what are the differences? They both sound the same and serve the same primary purpose. This is a common question to have when you are thinking about getting injectables. We are here to explain the difference between these two popular injectables and help you determine which is best for you.
Botox or botulinum toxin is a natural protein that is primarily used to relax facial muscles. It also has use cases for stroke victims and many other medical conditions. Botox is the leading and most commonly used brand of this injectable; it has been through rigorous testing, and many studies have been conducted on its uses and effects. Given its heavy testing, Botox is FDA-cleared and is the go-to product for many injections.
Like any medical treatment, there are potential side effects associated with Botox. The most common side effect can be bruising or swelling of the injected area. However, this is directly after treatment and is not long-lasting. A great benefit of Botox is that there is no downtime for this treatment. Patients can resume all daily activities directly after treatment and will not face any ill effects. In conclusion, a great advantage is patients are safe to fly directly after treatment.
Who is Botox for?
Botox is excellent for several patients; the treatment increases and rejuvenates the skin. The treatment resolves fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Injecting Botox between the eyebrows and next to the eyes to help with issues like wrinkles and frown lines and crows feet lines. Botox can help to resolve the effects of these two common ailments that many Americans face each year.
Who should avoid Botox?
People should avoid receiving Botox injections if they have certain medical conditions such as damaged and pinched nerves or complaints of muscle soreness. Using botox if you are a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding is not advised. No clinical studies show that the treatment can have adverse effects on the mother or baby, but it is best women in this position should not receive Botox injections.
What should you expect from Botox?
Treatment with Botox will help to dissipate wrinkles and fine lines from the affected area. Results will take full effect in 3 to 6 months and will reveal noticeable differences in the injected area. Treatment may be of one specific wrinkle or fine line or many areas of the face. Our team will determine with you what the best course of action is and will help you to keep your face looking the best and youngest we can.
As time goes on, age is the one constant that we can’t change. With age comes the loss of our naturally occurring collagen and elastin. This causes your skin to become dried out and thinner. As a baby, we have copious amounts of HA or hyaluronic acid in our bodies. But as we get older, these levels of HA gradually diminish. This causes fine lines and wrinkles to develop all over the skin. By adding volume with fillers, we can reduce the look of these lines and wrinkles. As such, the lifting effect helps to produce a younger, more rejuvenated looking face.
Treatments are completed through injections, and the outcomes and changes will be seen directly after administration. Discomfort is not common as it is quick, and no scarring occurs. Fillers enhance the size and shape of your lips. Fillers contain naturally occurring substances, so they are quite safe to use and have no adverse effects on the patient.
What should you expect?
Treatments range from 30 to 45 minutes, and the effects show directly after the treatment is completed. Results show up to 18 months after treatment and can last as long as 24 months in some cases. With any injectable treatment, there is the possibility of swelling and bruising. However, Covering with makeup is possible and will go away quickly.
Who are fillers for?
Fillers are ideal for patients who are looking to reduce their fine lines and wrinkles. Over time many people lose volume in their faces, especially those who lead very active lives. Fillers help to bring back the volume they once had with an easy and quick treatment. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid this treatment, even though these adverse effects don not show in clinical studies.
What to expect:
Fillers will help to bring back that youthful look to your face. Fillers help with wrinkles and fine lines. But they also rejuvenate volume in the face. Effects generally last up to 18 months and can remain up to 24 months after treatment.
Which option is best for you?
At SkinMD, our expert and knowledgeable staff will meet with you to discuss your needs and what we can do to help you. Both Botox and fillers are excellent for achieving and getting back that youthful look to your face. Both help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and add volume to the face. Schedule a consultation today to see what the experts at SkinMD can do to help you be your best self!