If you’ve been looking to reduce lines, wrinkles and facial sagging, then chances are you’ve thought about Botox and Fillers. But what does Botox do, and what exactly are fillers? More importantly, how do you know which one is right for you? Well, hopefully by the end of this post, you will do.
What Are Facial Fillers?
Facial Fillers are used to plump up skin that has lost volume due to ageing. As we age, our cells create less elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA), leading to reduced moisture, thinner skin and therefore, wrinkles. Fillers are high in HA and/or collagen, so when injected, stimulates growth, refreshes the skin and adds volume. The treatment is quick, the results are seen immediately and usually last around 18 months.
They can be used to plump up thinning lips, soften cheek and chin wrinkles, decrease tear trough shadows and fill in the brow and nose areas.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a purified protein that works by blocking nerve signals in muscles. This freezes the muscle, meaning future wrinkles and lines are reduced, and current ones are removed. The skin is rejuvenated and appears smooth. Results last around 3-6 months.
Unlike Fillers, Botox won’t correct sagging, or its associated lines and wrinkles. Botox can be used to treat crow’s feet, as well as forehead, frown, smile and bunny lines.
The main difference therefore is that Botox lessens muscle activity that causes lines, whereas fillers fill in already present lines and volumise the skin due to collagen production.
Botox is better for ‘facial expression’ or ‘dynamic’ wrinkles – those which occur when the face is in motion (for example, smiling). Fillers are more suited for sagging skin and ‘static’ wrinkles – those visible even when your face is relaxed. Sometimes, they can be combined in one procedure for a complete youthful appearance.
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