Botox vs Fillers : What’s the Difference & Uses for Wrinkles ?
With the advancement in medical science, wrinkles treatment options have increased abundantly. There are several products and treatments available, and people are turning to healthcare providers for longer-lasting options. The most popular anti-wrinkle treatments are the injectables which include Botox and dermal fillers. Both procedures can be used for wrinkles, but there are several differences between the two to consider.
If you are looking for a skin specialist for the best Botox and Fillers treatment in Chandigarh, Agelock Skin Clinic is the right place for you. Contact us to get the best advice and treatment for all your problems.
What are they?
Botox is derived by purifying the toxin called “botulinum toxin” from bacteria. While larger amounts are deadly, the small, regulated amount of Botox given to smooth wrinkles has been used safely for decades. It has been on the market for over two decades and is primarily used to treat dynamic wrinkles which become more pronounced with age. Botox relaxes the muscles near these wrinkles.
Fillers, commonly known as Dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers are used to fill lines. These are materials designed to be injected under the skin surface to add volume and fullness. Dermal fillers also treat facial wrinkles. They are mainly used to treat smile lines, but fillers can also be used to plump up lips or cheeks. They are sometimes used for hand treatments or to reduce the appearance of scars.
How do they work?
Botox numbs muscles
Botox is effective on dynamic wrinkles that are often called “expression lines”. These wrinkles are caused by muscle movements. The most common dynamic wrinkles that Botox can treat are lines on the upper face such as the space between the eyebrows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines are caused by smiling, frowning, and other facial expressions. Not letting the muscles move reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
Fillers add volume
Fillers work on static wrinkles. These are the fine lines and wrinkles caused by sagging or loss of fullness on the face with growing age. Static wrinkles include lines on the cheeks, neck, and jowl areas.
What can they do?
Botox is primarily used to treat the appearance of facial wrinkles and is FDA approved for use in the treatment of:
- Moderate to severe forehead lines.
- Moderate to severe crow’s feet.
- Moderate to severe lines between the eyebrows.
It is important to note that Botox is the most appropriate method for dealing with dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles caused by muscle contractions) rather than static wrinkles, which are the result of the loss of fat and collagen, and often regardless of whether the surrounding muscles are activated.
Dermal fillers are not only used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles (static) and facial folds, they can also be used to address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Adding volume to hollow cheeks.
- Creating more volume on the lips.
- Filling static wrinkles.
- Filling deep acne scars.
How effective are they?
Botox provides temporary results. After receiving the injections, you will be able to continue your daily activities without any recovery period. The effects of Botox last about three to four months. Results. Over time, Botox is metabolized by the body and new nerve endings are formed that are not affected by Botox. This allows your muscles to start contracting again, which means dynamic wrinkles will start to reappear.
You will then need additional treatments if you want to maintain it. You can repeat the treatment once the effects start to wear off. Some research shows that Botox can last longer with repeated treatments.
Dermal fillers last longer than Botox. The duration of action can vary significantly depending on the location of the injection site. For example, dermal fillers can last up to two years when used to add volume to the cheeks, while it can only last six months when injected into the lips. The results also differ depending on the exact file type you choose. Like Botox, you’ll need maintenance treatments once the fillers have gone.
Are there any side effects?
Botox side effects are mostly caused by poor injection technique. They include:
- Bruising near the injection site.
- Low eyelid.
- Dry mouth.
- Dry, red, or irritated eyes.
- blurry vision or vision problems
Most side effects associated with dermal fillers are mild and tend to heal on their own within a few days. Common side effects include:
- Bruising, pain, rash, and tenderness near the injection site.
- Lumps or asymmetry.
- Skin damage.
- vision problems
Although botox and fillers are minimally invasive, they still carry some risks. A person should be aware of all possible risks and benefits before having these treatments.
Botox and fillers are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. People with certain health problems or taking any medication should discuss whether Botox or fillers are safe for them.
You should also discuss what Botox and fillers can realistically do for your appearance. Although you may have a younger appearance, the results are generally not as strong as a surgical procedure such as a facelift.
A qualified dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon, will help to carry out the procedure safely and correctly. Dr. Jagatjit Singh Kohli at Agelock Skin Clinic in Chandigarh has over 13 years of experience in Wrinkles Treatment. Consult Us to choose the most appropriate treatment or combination of treatments among dermal fillers and Botox before making a decision.