The skin’s elasticity reduces, and collagen also decreases when we age. The human skin gets dryer, saggy, and thinner, and the ability to replenish damaged cells reduces; hence fine lines and wrinkles develop. Other causes of wrinkles and saggy skin include lifestyle, hereditary, and even sun exposure. Presently, there are many wrinkles treatments, while some use serums and over-the-counter products; other effective treatments include Botox and Dermal Fillers. Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic procedures carried out using injections, which are done by a qualified injector. The procedures are slightly invasive

Botox is the name for a constituent administered into the skin to inhibit the movement of muscles. Botox helps smoothen wrinkles and other effects or signs of aging. It is a drug formulated from botulin to treat certain medical muscular ailments. It is also used in the cosmetic industry to remove signs of aging by paralyzing the muscles of the face temporarily.

What is Botox used for?

Botox injections are the most well-known cosmetic procedure, and several celebrities use Botox to achieve a more youthful appearance. Even though it is popularly used for visual and aesthetic purposes, these injections are also used to treat other conditions, like stopping extreme sweating conditions.

How do Botox injections work?

Botox injections function by blocking or obstructing the nerve signals in the area where the Botox is injected. The application around this site relaxes the muscles, which diminishes the look of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

Does Botox last?

Botox relaxes the movement of muscles by obstructing neurotransmitters. However, this lasts for approximately five months – meaning you will require additional treatments (about 3) in a year to maintain the youthful appearance you so desire. After Botox is injected into your skin, you will notice the effects on your skin within some hours, and the main effects will be prominent after one week.

Are there any risks?

Botox is a safe and harmless treatment; however, ensure you get injected by a certified medical professional to get the right dosage in the wrinkled area. Seeking the help of an unqualified person may lead to muscle drooping, irregular results, and frozen expressions. You will also be exposed to other dangerous effects and health issues.

What are the side effects?

It depends on the individual. If administered properly, you will only experience minimal side effects, and some patients may not experience any side effects. Nonetheless, sometimes, some redness or slight bruising around the injected area might occur, though it will only last for a short while. Unusual side-effects may include speaking, swallowing, and breathing difficulties – if this happens, you should get help from medical personnel immediately.

However, these after-effects are infrequent, mainly if the treatment is carried out by skilled medical personnel using the right dosage. Many patients can have Botox done during their free time, such as during lunch break, and get back to their normal activities.

Other side-effects include:

  • Mild pain
  • A headache
  • Numbness
  • Flu-like illness
  • Mild nausea
  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Bleeding
  • Dry mouth
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue and Swelling


What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers, soft tissue fillers, injectable implants, or wrinkle fillers are known as restorative implants recommended by the FDA to help create a smoother, fuller facial appearance, including lips and cheeks and nasolabial folds. Dermal fillers are easy and fast. They are injected through tiny injections, and the after-effects are instantly visible. The injections are simple and quick, giving immediate results with mild soreness and downtime.

What can dermal fillers do?

  • Adds volume to thin lips
  • Soften wrinkles and facial creases
  • Improves shallow contours
  • Restructure contour abnormalities in the face
  • enhances the look of recessed scars
  • Decreases the lower lids shadows
  • Dermal fillers can help treat early aging signs

How Does the Treatment Work?

The fillers are a gel-like substance that naturally looks like what is found underneath the skin. After consulting your physician (where your expectations and goals will be discussed extensively), your doctor (or injection-certified pharmacist) will present the treatment plan. The treatment will then commence. An anesthetizing cream will be placed over the affected area, and the treatment will take effect after 30 minutes.

A needle infuses the dermal filler into areas to be treated. Your doctor (or injection-certified pharmacists) may rub in some ice to lessen bruising. Your doctor may let you examine the treated area using a mirror during treatment. Your response will be used to guide the treatment as it goes on. The gel is safe and allows the skin to create collagen for a youthful appearance.

What to Expect After the Procedure

After your dermal filler treatment, you can complete your daily activities and duties. There is no downtime connected with the dermal filler procedure as it is non-invasive

It depends on the dermal filler used; the effects of the treatment can last from 6 months to 2 years; for permanent and semi-permanent fillers, the effect of the treatment can last for five years, and reports of durable results have been recorded.

What is the cost of dermal filler injections?

The cost depends on the qualification and expertise of the physician performing the procedure, the procedure type, the time the procedure requires and the physician’s geographic location.

Dermal fillers candidates

  • You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you:
  • Don’t smoke
  • Are healthy
  • Have a realistic objective in mind to achieve a youthful appearance
  • Want to maintain good healthy skin?

Dermal fillers recovery

The Recovery time depends on each patient and the type of dermal filler injected. Even though you can go about your activities, avoiding extreme physical activities for two days is advisable to minimize bruising and swelling.

The initial look after the procedure with any filler treatment may include the following:

  • Mild bruising or Swelling
  • Temporary redness or numbness
  • Hard areas or Palpable lumps at the injection area
  • Hypersensitivity reaction

Most side effects are alleviated with massage and topical icing. This will improve the appearance in just a few days.

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About the Author

Kamal Alhallak, Ph.D. in Pharmacy, MBA

Dr. Alhallak has established himself as a leading figure in the field of cosmetics and aesthetics, notably in the Canadian healthcare industry. In 2016, he established the Albany Cosmetic and Laser Center, which offers patients cutting-edge procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, IPL photofacials, neurotoxic and dermal fillers, and more. Because of its mix of cutting-edge technology and individualised attention from Dr. Alhallak, the facility has become one of Alberta's most popular places for aesthetic care and laser research. Dr. Alhallak was designated one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders by the International Forum for Advancement in Healthcare (IFAH) in 2021.

You can order our book entitled “The Ultimate Guide for Laser and Ipl in the Aesthetic Field” from Springer website and Amazon. This Book is authored by the health professional team including: Dr. Kamal Alhallak, Dr. Salem Tomi, Dr. Adel Abdulhafid, R.N. Dima Omran.

Read our peer-reviewed published articles in prestigious scientific journals in the cosmetic field.