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The line between Botox and Fillers can sometimes seem blurred. Indeed sometimes the terms are used interchangeably when the products are very different. Here’s a quick Botox vs Fillers lowdown…
Botox vs Fillers: What are they?
Botulinum toxin, is a natural, purified protein that is used, most commonly, to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Injecting Botox will relax those muscles and erase the frown lines.
Derma fillers plump the skin and restore youthful fullness while minimising the appearance of wrinkles, lifting hollowing cheeks or temples and filling thin lips. Todays sophisticated fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (or HA), which is a substance that’s found naturally in the body. As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin lessens, as cells lose their ability to produce more of their youthful component. The treatment of wrinkles with dermal filler will usually involve injecting this naturally occurring product (HA) through a tiny needle.
Botox vs Fillers: Which areas of the face respond best?
Whilst our clinicians will give you the bespoke advice you need, there are some general areas which suit the each application. The upper half of the face is most often treated with Botox cosmetic injections, including: vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes, and horizontal lines on the forehead. A small amount of Botox can be placed under the lateral brow resulting in a temporary brow lift.
The mid and lower half of the face is the area most often treated with dermal fillers. Patients frequently request filler treatment for the lines between the nose and lips or the lines from the lip to the chin. While fillers can plump up these folds, the best approach is to use fillers for correcting volume loss. Ageing causes hollowness of the mid face. Injecting filler in the mid face, upper cheeks and temples results in a softer, more youthful looking face.
Botox vs Fillers: What are the results?
The duration of results from Botox ranges from 3 to 4 months. Fillers last between 9-24 months but, naturally, towards the end of this period the effects begin to gradually soften, so there is no dramatic change. When the effects begin to soften, we aim to ‘top up’ the treatment. Both treatments will boost the skin’s collagen regeneration too, so whilst the Botox and fillers will gradually soften, natural skin plumping will occur making the results last longer.
Patients will often come in to the clinic and point to a specific line that they don’t like. Here at Doctors Laser Clinic, as with all good practitioners, we won’t be looking at treating a specific line in isolation, but will look beyond it to how the face looks as a whole. This guarantees the most natural result. The results should be subtle, leaving our friends and family believing that we are simply looking our best and great for our years!
Botox vs Fillers: Aftercare
The really wonderful thing about both treatments is that there is no down-time after either treatment. Occasionally there can be some bruising where the needle enters the skin, but this is easily covered by a skin concealer.