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The Difference between Botox and Fillers

difference between botox and fillers

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:

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.

Side effects:
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. Another great advantage is patients are safe to fly directly after treatment, and any small bruising that may occur can easily be masked with makeup.

Who is Botox for?
Botox is excellent for several patients; the treatment is used generally for those looking to help increase and rejuvenate their skin. The treatment is mainly used to resolve fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox is usually injected 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. Botox should also not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. No clinical studies have shown that the treatment can have adverse effects on the mother or baby, but it is heavily advised that 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.

botox before and after wrinkles

Fillers:

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 with this treatment as it is administered quickly, and no scarring occurs. Fillers are also used for enhancing the size and shape of your lips. Fillers are made with naturally occurring substances, so they are quite safe to use and have no adverse effects on the patient.

What should you expect?
Treatment generally ranges from 30 to 45 minutes, and effects are seen directly after the treatment is completed. Results are seen 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, this can easily be covered with makeup 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 are not currently seen in clinical studies.

What to expect:
Fillers will help to bring back that youthful look to your face. Fillers are used primarily to help with wrinkles and fine lines. But they are also used to help 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!

fillers for cheeks and under eyes before and after

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