Fillers vs. Botox: What Is the Difference?
Botox and dermal fillers are both non-surgical aesthetic procedures that may assist with reducing wrinkles and other indications of aging. Botox paralyzes the muscles around wrinkles, while fillers fill in the regions where they are administered. If you’re thinking about any of these treatments, it’s suggested to consult Dr. David Owers, MD, at Ageless 3.0 to figure out which technique would help you achieve your goals. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7.
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There are lots of reasons why Botox is as popular and renowned as it is. For one, it’s very good at improving fine lines and wrinkles and even preventing them from coming back! Still, just because something is popular and effective, it doesn’t mean it’s right for you, so let’s get into the benefits of Botox and whether it would work for you. You’re also more than welcome to reach out to us here at Ageless 3.0 for more info.
Botox and dermal fillers are two common cosmetic treatments that strive to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Although they both work towards the same goal, they have distinct differences in terms of their composition, mechanism of action, and targeted areas.
Botox is a type of neurotoxin that is injected into the muscles to temporarily paralyze them. By preventing the muscles from contracting, Botox effectively reduces wrinkles and fine lines created by muscle movements, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox injections are typically administered in areas like the forehead, the eyes, and between the eyebrows.
On the other hand, dermal fillers are made up of various substances, such as hyaluronic acid and collagen, that are injected under the skin to add volume and fill in wrinkles and fine lines. They are popular for enhancing facial features, such as the lips and cheeks. Dermal fillers work by plumping the skin and adding volume to areas that have less elasticity and fullness due to aging. They are commonly used to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and wrinkles around the mouth.
In summary, Botox and dermal fillers are both cosmetic treatments that can help reduce signs of aging. While Botox targets the muscles to prevent them from contracting, dermal fillers add volume to areas that have lost fullness and elasticity. Which treatment to choose depends on the individual’s aesthetic goals and the areas they wish to address.
Botox is a versatile cosmetic treatment that can correct a variety of aesthetic concerns. Some of the most common issues that Botox can correct include:
1. Frown lines: These are the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows. Botox can relax the muscles that cause these lines, making them less noticeable.
2. Crow’s feet: These are the fine lines that appear at the corners of the eyes. Botox can smooth these lines by relaxing the muscles around the eyes.
3. Forehead wrinkles: These are the horizontal lines that appear on the forehead. Botox can smooth these wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them.
4. Bunny lines: The wrinkles that are on the nose when you scrunch it up.
5. Gummy smile: This refers to a smile that shows too much of the gums. Botox can relax the muscles that cause the upper lip to lift too high, reducing the amount of gum that shows when you smile.
6. Jawline contouring: Botox can be used to relax the muscles in the jawline, which can create a slimmer, more defined appearance.
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of Botox depends on the individual’s unique anatomy and the severity of the wrinkles or lines being treated.
The length of time that dermal fillers last can change depending on the filler, treatment location, and the individual’s metabolism. In general, hyaluronic acid fillers, which are the most commonly used type of filler, can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. However, some formulations can last up to two years.
Fillers, like calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid, could have longer-lasting effects than hyaluronic acid fillers. Calcium hydroxylapatite can last up to 12 months, while poly-L-lactic acid can last up to two years.
It’s important to note that the longevity of fillers can also depend on factors such as the individual’s age, lifestyle, and the amount of filler used. Eventually, your body may start to absorb the treatments, which can cause the effects to gradually fade. To keep your results, more treatments may be recommended every 6 to 12 months.
After receiving dermal fillers, it can take up to two weeks for them to fully settle and the final results to be visible. During this time, it’s common to experience some swelling, bruising, and redness in the treated area. This is expected and should fade within a couple of days to a week.
Avoid touching or massaging the area for a minimum of 24 hours after getting fillers to prevent the filler from shifting or migrating. It’s also recommended to avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, and any UV rays for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment. As the filler sets with the surrounding tissue, the results will gradually become more natural-looking.
Overall, the duration of the settling period can vary depending on the individual’s unique anatomy and the specific type and amount of filler used.
Botox and dermal fillers may assist individuals to seem younger and more refreshed, but in different ways. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7. We serve clients from Coquitlam BC, Port Coquitlam BC, Port Moody BC, New Westminster BC, Maple Ridge BC, Burnaby BC, and surrounding areas.