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With the huge range of cosmetic treatments available today, it’s hard to figure out which option might be the best for you.
Do you need Botox to smooth out wrinkles? Or are fillers the better option?
We all like to do our research for the best treatments to combat the visible signs of ageing on the face. And it’s important to understand how Botox and dermal fillers are different, what they are designed to achieve, and how they work.
Whatever treatment is chosen in the end, both work to refresh skin and maintain a natural, youthful appearance when used correctly.
So let’s get down to it.
Botox is used to treat wrinkles, but what most people don’t realise is that it only really works on active or dynamic wrinkles. What are they? Well, these are the lines/wrinkles that are most noticeable when the face is in motion with our normal expressions. Repetitive facial expressions use the same muscles every time and eventually result in lines that etch themselves deeply into the face.
Botox works to relax the muscles that cause these lines, reducing the movement to help reduce their appearance.
Used consistently over a period of time, it can actually train the muscles to stay relaxed, softening noticeable wrinkles and helping to prevent new ones from forming.
When you have a treatment it is not the wrinkles themselves that are being injected, but rather, the muscles of expression in the region where the wrinkles are located. This technique requires multiple, tiny injections right under the skin. As a result, the treatment is very quick, with minimal discomfort, and usually without any bruising or swelling. Within three to five days, the expression muscles begin to relax and the wrinkles start to soften with the most effect being after 2–3 weeks.
However, the similarities end there. Fillers work in a completely different way to treat completely different kinds of wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are primarily designed to treat static wrinkles and lines that are visible even when the face is relaxed. They do this with a supporting and volumising effect.
Examples of static wrinkles include marionette lines, nasolabial lines, and tear troughs; fillers work by filling in those lines, as well as by plumping up areas of the face that may have lost their youthful volume. This is achieved with a filler material such as hyaluronic acid which is a gel-like substance that provides lift and volume.
Unlike Botox, the results of a filler treatment are seen immediately but they can be a little more invasive leading to more bruising, swelling and discomfort.
So there you have it — the difference between the 2 most popular cosmetic treatments.
Do remember that nowadays many people need a combination of both of these to have a natural look without looking plastic or ‘frozen’ and you should always see a professional aesthetics clinician in a regulated clinic with full aftercare provided.