Both Botox and Fillers have the primary aim of ridding the face of aging signs (such as wrinkles and frown lines) hence most people assume they’re the same treatment. The truth though is; they are very different treatments.
Looking closely into each treatment can help you understand what each is about, their differences, and which treatment you would prefer. So for everything you need to know about Botox and Fillers, keep reading below.
What is Botox?
Botox, also known as Botulinum toxic, is made from the bacteria called “Clostridium botulinum”. Often it is referred to as a toxin because when it fills the body in large percentages, it serves as a neurotoxin, hindering the reactions of some nerve types.
The refined toxins are now used in small doses to block or ease the nerves for different purposes.
Uses of Botox
For aesthetic purposes, Botox can be injected into the facial muscles to help ease facial muscle tension. These muscle tensions, over time, can create lines on a person’s face with age. The injected toxins help relax the lines, leaving the face wrinkle-free.
Botox is also used to relax drooping muscles on the face, control excessive sweating and reduce migraines.
How long does Botox last?
The Botox effect usually lasts about 3-6 months, based on the individual.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Firstly, it can be helpful to note that using Botox rarely has any side effects. However, just like any contact between the skin and an injection, there might be redness, tenderness or slight bruising at the contact point. You might also experience a headache after your treatment, but it only lasts for a few hours.
Rarer side effects of a Botox injection include swallowing difficulties and flu symptoms.
Can everyone have Botox?
While Botox has been proven to be a very safe treatment, certain people are not encouraged to use it. This includes pregnant women, people with myasthenia gravis and other neurological conditions. Also, most doctors prefer treating patients of 20 years and above.
What questions should I ask my consultant before going for a Botox treatment?
Before you decide to get a Botox treatment, you must be comfortable with your medical practitioner and are guaranteed the process will be safe. Do not be afraid of asking any question that crosses your mind, or expressing any worries you might have. Make sure you ascertain that the treatment will be done with expertise.
So before you decide on your treatment start by asking your doctor how long he/she has been carrying out Botox treatments. You can also ask for qualifications to ensure they are experienced. If you have knowledge of medicinal brands, make sure any product used is from a good brand. If you do not know medicinal brands, carry out an internet research.
For the treatment itself, ask the practioner if he/she believes you will be a good candidate for the treatment. Most doctors decide if a client will make a good candidate based on their personal experiences.
If during the consultation you ever feel like you’re being coerced into taking the treatment, make sure you take a break and think of what you want to do.
How much does a Botox treatment cost?
The cost of a Botox treatment depends on the practioner and the area where it will be carried out. In places like Central London, you can get a full face Botox treatment from an experienced practitioner from £300 to £350.
Some beauty therapists also offer Botox treatment services at a lower price. Unfortunately, while this might be cheap, most beauty therapists are not medically qualified and might not be the safest option for the job.
What are fillers?
Fillers, medically known as Dermal Fillers, are medical products injected into the skin to give tissues some volume. These fillers come in different types. They include:
- Collagen-stimulating fillers (e.g. Sculptra).
- Hyaluronic acid fillers –which is the common type of fillers.
- Permanent fillers e.g. silicone.
- Fat transfer.
How fillers work
These fillers are injected into certain areas in the skin to revitalize it and substitute lost volume. At the moment, different forms of fillers have been made to suit different areas of the skin, making sure that everyone gets the best final result.
How long do fillers last?
The results of fillers can last for about 18 months. During this period it can also be reversed.
What are the side effects of fillers?
Just like with Botox, the side effects of fillers are rare. However, the side effects include lumpiness, swelling and bruising. Very rarely, vascular occlusion can also be a side effect of fillers. This occurs when the filler is poorly injected and goes inside a blood vessel, blocking it and causing tissue damage. Other side effects like allergic reactions, infections, and nerve damage are also very rare.
What questions should I ask my consultant before going for a Dermal Fillers treatment?
The first thing you need to ask your practioner is their experience level and the qualifications to prove it. Asking for qualification is essential to ensure there are no mistakes made during the treatment, and that you do not experience any side effects.
Most beauty therapists also offer dermal fillers treatments but do not have the qualification hence it is best to go to a qualified medical practioner. You must ensure that your practioner can inject hyaluronidase if a vascular occlusion occurs.
Can everyone have fillers?
Fillers are considered safe medical treatments and can be used by most people. People who are advised not to use fillers are people with local skin infection, allergies to the fillers components, pregnant women and people with a reaction to fillers.
With the above information, you can easily see how Botox and Fillers are different. So if you want an anti-aging treatment that can last you longer than 6 months, go for Fillers. And if you want a treatment with a lesser risk of side effects, you can go for Botox. Remember to always consult a qualified professional for either treatment to prevent any complications!
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