Botox vs. Fillers

Although the end result of a Botox or filler procedure is similar, there are some distinct differences between the two medical procedures.

Both beauty procedures are designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce the number of fine lines in a person’s skin.

The procedures are usually performed on the face, and both types of beauty enhancement procedures should be performed by licensed professionals.

What are the primary differences between Botox and fillers?

Botox restricts the movement of facial muscles. Fillera are used to augment the skin and fill inconsistencies to reduce wrinkles.

Botox limits facial muscle movement, while fillers do not have any direct impact on the muscles in your face. Fillers can also be permanent or semi-permanent; Botox procedures have to be redone every three to six months to maintain the appearance.

What are the different types of fillers available?

Restylane and Sculptra are two derma fillers widely used in anti-wrinkling treatments. This newer form of filler is commonly used because of the low incidence of allergic reactions.

There are other types of collagen used in these procedures. Zyplast and Zyderm are used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and eye areas.

This form of collagen replacement therapy is not used on the forehead of the face. CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are another common form of filler used in anti-aging treatment.

These two use human collagen. Some prefer this method because no skin test is required and the procedure can be performed in the same day.

How to do I know which one is the right choice for me?

One must take into account several factors when considering an anti-aging treatment.

Allergies are a major consideration, if one has allergies, the human collagen option could be the best fit. If individuals do not want to go frequently for anti-wrinkling procedures, then one can consider a semi-permanent or permanent procedure.

If there are fine lines and wrinkles to the eye, nose, or mouth area, then collagen replacement therapy may be the best choice. If susceptible to scarring resulting from acne, collagen may be used to smooth out the skin and give it a level appearance.

Fat from the person’s body can also be used as a permanent solution to wrinkles. This type of procedure is used in those that might have allergies, or desire to have less frequent doctor visits.

If I get one can, can I still get the other? Can I do both at the same time?

Medical history and any medical conditions are considered by the physician before making a determination.

While some procedures can be performed at one time, physicians may recommend multiple, incremental treatments for the patient’s safety.

Botox and fillers can be injected into the face simultaneously because both are injected into different layers of the skin. The physician will be able to consult with the patient about what the best anti-wrinkling treatment program would be.

Are there any other alternatives to Botox?

Anti-wrinkling creams can also be used to treat wrinkling in individuals. Some may find that the creams can be effective in temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the skin.

The more expensive anti-wrinkling creams developed through stem cell research are more effective than the more affordable creams. A chemical peel is another common anti-wrinkling treatment, in which Alpha hydroxy acids are used to remove aging or damaged skin.

Creams, fillers, chemical peels, Botox and collagen can all be used to treat wrinkles and lines in the skin. The beauty procedures should be performed by a licensed professional.