When many people think about Botox and fillers, they lump them into the same category since both work to reduce the signs of ageing.
However, these two injectables are very different and you want to know the difference so that you choose the right one for your anti-ageing needs. You want to explore the various uses, potential side effects and the overall recovery time.
This article will give you the information that you need to choose the right injectable so that you can make an appointment with a plastic surgeon and enjoy a more youthful face.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable treatment for wrinkles and it comes from Botulinum toxin. It relaxes the muscles in the face temporarily to reduce the depth of the wrinkles associated with those muscles.
Doctors inject Botox directly into facial muscles and many inject more than one area at a time.
The primary side effect of this treatment is some bruising at the injection site, but this typically fades within a few days. Once you have the injections, you can go back to work right away and there is no need for any downtime or recovery time after getting Botox.
Botox can be used on several areas of the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Common injection sites include the following:
- Between the eyebrows to reduce frown lines
- Around the mouth to alleviate smile lines
- Improving crow’s feet in the eye area
If you are pregnant or have any medical issues, let your doctor know. For example, those with muscular or nerve problems may not be able to have Botox, especially if these problems affect the muscles or nerves in the facial area.
You should also let your doctor know about any medications that you take to avoid the potential for adverse interactions. You typically see the results in three to five days and need the injections repeated one to three times per year to maintain your results.
What Are Fillers?
Fillers include things like collagen or hyaluronic acid, both of which are also naturally produced in the body. These fillers work to replace these substances that start to decrease as you age.
These fill out the skin to reduce the look of wrinkles and to alleviate areas on the face that appear sunken in due to a reduction in skin elasticity and lost fat in the facial area.
Bruising at the injection is not uncommon with fillers, but this typically goes away in a few days. You can immediately return to your normal level of activity after getting filler injections.
After you get filler injections, the results can last as long as 24 months. For up to 18 months, you may continue to see the positive results of these injections.
You will have some results that are immediately apparent, but the overall effects take longer since the fillers shift and work with the substances already in your skin to promote youthfulness. Your doctor will help you to determine when you need to have the injections repeated.
Now that you know which injectable to choose, it is time to ensure that you choose the right plastic surgeon for the job.
You will want to find a doctor that has extensive experience in giving these types of injections so that things go as smoothly as possible. When you choose a good plastic surgeon, you can ensure that you get the results that you want and need for alleviating the signs of ageing.
Once you have your injections done, make sure to follow all of the aftercare advice the doctor provides to ensure the best results possible with either Botox or fillers.