Both facial fillers and Botox are effective ways of reducing signs of aging. Over time, their ubiquity and popularity have risen. Still, most people do not know the difference. Botox and fillers are not the same as both treat different facial problems.
What is Botox?
Botox or Botulinum Toxin treats and alleviates facial wrinkles. But it can treat muscle dystonias, strabismus, blepharospasms too. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox to treat wrinkles and frown lines. Ever since it has become the most popular treatment for preventing the effects and signs of aging
What are Dermal Fillers?
Another name for facial fillers is dermal fillers. Like Botox, dermal fillers help eliminate and diminish wrinkles on the face. Here is where people get confused. The major dissimilarity is that Botox reduces facial muscle activity in the face. But Facial fillers fill the targeted areas with collagen. This helps boost the production of collagen in the face. Also, it lifts and plumps the skin to restore youthfulness due to collagen loss. As a result, your skin will look youthful, smooth, and plump. The time required for patients to see results and how long dermal fillers last varies. Some dermal fillers last six months, and others can last up to two years or more.
What can Botox treat?
Botox treats only wrinkles, which are caused by the movement of muscles. These muscles are called dynamic wrinkles or expression lines. Botox treats the common types of dynamic wrinkles, including lines on the forehead, brows, and crow’s feet. Further, the lines result from smiling, squinting, frowning, and other facial expressions. Botox doesn’t work on wrinkles and fine lines caused by volume loss or sagging in the face. The wrinkles are static wrinkles, which include lines in the jowl, neck, cheeks, and neck areas. In addition, Botox is not a lasting treatment. For a lasting wrinkle-reducing effect, you need to repeat the procedure. Most patients realize that the treatment effects last for three to four months.
What can dermal fillers correct?
The various types of facial fillers are formulated to treat specific aging problems. Depending on the chosen dermal filler, they may:
- Add volume to thinning lips
- Fill in or enhance shallow spots on the face
- Remove or decrease under eyes wrinkle or shadow caused by the lower eyelid
- Soften or fill the appearance of recessed scars
- Soften or fill in static wrinkles, particularly on the lower face
Further, Static wrinkles occur around the cheeks and mouth. These wrinkles occur due to the skin’s loss of elasticity or collagen.
What are the considerations and side effects of Botox?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is safe. As a result, about 6.7 million procedures were carried out in 2015. But, the treatment comes with temporary side effects, which go away over timeSome side effects include:
Pain, bruising, bleeding, swelling, redness, or Numbness
Further, Botox treatments may not work due to the antibodies that work against the toxin. Also, Plastic surgeons advise patients not to massage the injected area after a Botox treatment. Rubbing or massaging may spread the toxin to other areas of the skin.
What are the considerations and side effects of dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are safe substances used tonight for the signs of aging. But side effects may occur, which includes the following:
- Skin rash, pimple-like eruptions, itching
- Swelling, bruising, redness, and bleeding,
- Unwanted appearance like lumps
- Skin damage, which causes infection, wound, or scarring
How much does a Botox treatment cost?
The average cost of a Botox injection is $385, according to 2016 statistics from the ASPS. Botox treatment costs between $150 and $500 per syringe. Also, this price depends on the location and the doctor performing the procedure.
How much does a dermal filler treatment Cost?
The cost of the procedure depends on who performs it, the targeted area, and the selected dermal filler. The following are the cost per syringe:
Calcium hydroxylapatite, which includes Radiesse, cost $800
Hyaluronic acid, which includes Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, cost about $650
Polylactic acid, which includes Sculptra, cost about $800
The above costs may be less or more as it depends on how it is used.
Take home message
Using an experienced medical provider like a plastic surgeon, board-certified dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon helps ensure the procedure is done well.
At Albany laser and cosmetic center, you will find a dedicated team of Health Professionals with several years of experience performing dermal fillers and Botox procedures. Contact us today to learn more about our services.
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