It is not uncommon to find that many people have doubts about the use of Botox and face fillers; We often hear expressions like “That woman got too much Botox on her lips” because there is confusion that Botox is used to fill wrinkles and stretch certain areas of the face, such as lips or cheeks. In this article, you will find the main differences between these two cosmetical treatments.
What is Botox?
Botulinum Toxin is a protein synthesized by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, which works by blocking the chemical signals that the nerves send to muscles to contract. Its application in certain areas is used to relax the muscles, reducing wrinkles and softening the expression of face lines.
“Botox” is a registered trademark and the most popular version of the botulinum toxin; people usually use the term “Botox” to describe all of the commercial preparations of the toxin; however other trademarks are “Dysport, Xeomin, Myobloc, and Jeuveau”. The difference between “Botox” and “Dysport” or the rest of the preparations consists essentially of the diluent or preservative substance.
It’s not uncommon the belief that Botox is used to fill furrows and wrinkles, however, this is not the case; Its application for cosmetic purposes, is mainly to diminish the appearance and prevent expression line formation, and give the skin a more soft texture.
Botox is most frequently applicated to the horizontal creases in the forehead, the wrinkles between the eyebrows, also called frown lines or glabellar lines, and the wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet, among others. Botulinum toxin is also allowed by the Food and drug administration (FDA) for medical purposes such as strabismus, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraine, bladder disorders, and other conditions associated with abnormal muscle contraction (dystonia, blepharospasm, etc.).
How long does Botox last?
The effects are seen almost immediately: they’re best seen around the first week after the application and last an average of 6 months, depending on the dose (number of units) and site of application.
On the other hand, dermal fillers are substances that are injected into the skin, used to fill scars, furrows, and wrinkles, and add volume in certain areas, such as lips, nose, cheekbones, and chin. Some of the most popular fillers in the market are Revanesse Versa, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra. The differences in the fillers and their classification goes according to their composition, which can be collagen-based, hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, polymethyl methacrylates, polyacrylamide gels, among others. Another classification of dermal fillers is according to the duration of their cosmetic effect, which varies from 6 months to 5 years depending on the filler. It is important to emphasize that the final duration of the filler, also depends on the age of the person on whom it is applied and the metabolism of the substance in the body. Some of the most popular face fillers are small line fillers, used to correct small wrinkles in the face. Others are nose, cheek, and lips fillers, which are briefly described below.
Lip fillers are used to increase the volume of the lips and fill the perioral wrinkles. Its application is carried out in order to modify the shape of the lips and restore their volume when lost as a consequence of age, sun damage, or smoking. Lip fillers typically last around 12-18 months.
Cheek fillers are face fillers applied in the area above and around the cheekbones, providing a more defined look of the area, and smoothing wrinkles and fine lines around it.
Nose fillers are dermal fillers used to sculpt, balance symmetry and modify the nose’s shape. The procedure is also called liquid rhinoplasty and is the preferred technique for people seeking slight nose corrections or a non-surgical nose shaping alternative, the results are immediately visible, and no recovery time is needed.
Both the application of Botox and dermal fillers can be carried out in the same ambulatory intervention; it is important to remember that these micro procedures require the assessment and intervention of an experienced and qualified specialist in order to achieve better results and avoid complications.
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