Botox and collagen are two common youth enhancers that work as fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
When you are trying to decide between the two, it is important that you know the difference because both have different mechanisms of action, both differ in how long they last and both come with different risks and potential side effects.
Once you understand the differences, you can consider the health of your skin and choose the injectable filler that will be best for you.
Looking at Botox
Botox is most commonly used to reduce wrinkles on the face, including above the eyebrows and around the mouth.
Botox works to paralyse certain muscles that cause wrinkles to form due to tightness. Botox relaxes these muscles over a period of about three to five days so the wrinkle reduction occurs over this period of time.
In most cases, people only experience slight bruising at the injection site. It is important to note that when it comes to vanity, Botox only helps with certain wrinkles and it does not fill out any areas of the face.
Some people choose to use Botox as a preventative measure. They start getting Botox at an early age so that wrinkling is unable to occur.
This is not always an ideal option for all people, so you should talk to your plastic surgeon before choosing this route. You want to ensure that you understand the risk of getting Botox regularly for years before committing to injections one to two times per year.
Exploring Collagen Injections
Collagen is a protein that is naturally in the body. As you get older, the production of collagen in the body decreases and since this protein plays a major role in skin integrity, less collagen equals less skin elasticity.
To reverse the effects of less collagen, some people turn to getting collagen injections. Since collagen is naturally in the body, there are fewer side effects with this type of injection compared to Botox, which is synthetic.
For collagen injections to provide the best results, the skin should be relatively flexible, so the best candidates are typically 35 to 60 years old.
It works to provide a full face that people have when they are younger. This fills out mild to moderate wrinkles and prevents those sunken areas that can occur in the cheeks as you lose your natural collagen.
Most people do not experience side effects, but it is possible to have some slight bruising and soreness at the injection side that lasts for a couple of days. The results are apparent almost immediately after injection.
Both collagen and Botox are not permanent and you will need to get injections on a regular basis to maintain your results. On average, people go one to three times per year, depending on the condition of their skin and the exact reason they are getting these injections.
It is possible to use both types of injections, but if you need to alleviate wrinkles and fill out your face, most plastic surgeons recommend only getting collagen since it is able to do both. This reduces the risk of side effects since you are minimising what is being injected.
Make sure that you understand all of the above information about these fillers before getting them. Make sure that the injections are performed by a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon to ensure the best results.
These are both minor procedures that your surgeon can quickly complete in the office. There is no need for extensive anaesthesia or lengthy recovery times, making Botox and collagen injections preferable over surgery.