Injectables are one of the most common skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments available. They are now being used to treat various skin conditions and diseases like acne, stretch marks, wrinkles, rosacea, and thinning skin. By far, the most common injectables are undoubtedly dermal fillers and Botox.
Anti-aging skincare has become a big industry in recent years. There are plenty of skincare products that claim to reverse the signs of aging and prevent them from appearing in the future. However, dermal fillers and Botox are more effective at doing so.
If you choose between the two injectables, which one should you pick? The answer isn’t clear-cut if you aren’t familiar with their differences. To give you a better idea, let’s discuss the differences between dermal fillers and Botox.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a cosmetic product brand developed in the early 1990s. They are used to reduce wrinkles and lines on the skin temporarily. It is also known as Botulinum Toxin A, a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum bacteria that can cause temporary muscle paralysis.
Botox injections can be used to treat myriad conditions such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis, and even certain types of facial pain. The toxin works by blocking nerve impulses from reaching muscles, causing those muscles to relax for a while.
How Does It Work?
Botox is injected into the skin to cause temporary paralysis of specific muscles.
It works by blocking nerve impulses from reaching specific muscles, which causes the muscle to relax, allowing for a smoother and more even skin tone and reducing wrinkles. The effects last about 3-4 months before the body starts producing new nerve endings, which cause the muscles to regain their normal function.
How Paralyzing The Muscles Reduces Wrinkles
Botox is a neurotoxin that can significantly help reduce signs of aging. However, it’s also been found that Botox has a side-effect of muscle paralysis, which can cause muscle weakness and paralysis.
The side-effect of Botox is the most significant factor in why it works to reduce wrinkles. This effect causes the skin to be unable to move, which prevents wrinkles from forming and makes the muscles less likely to contract.
We essentially remove the effects of muscle contractions caused by facial expressions such as frowning, smiling, squinting, and wrinkling. This prevents facial expressions from causing wrinkles and lines on the face.
A facial paralyzed look due to Botox can happen, but it only occurs when applied by an uncertified professional. If you want to balance wrinkle removal and a natural aesthetic look, you need to find an experienced aesthetician.
Experienced aestheticians can finely balance wrinkle removal and a natural aesthetic look. If there’s too much Botox, your face can appear stiff and frozen, but if it’s not enough, wrinkles can still hang around. Find the right aesthetician by checking online reviews and checking before and after photos from their previous clients.
Side Effects And Risks?
The use of Botox has been on the rise in recent years, with an estimated 7 million Americans undergoing the procedure in 2016. But as with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and side effects to consider before undergoing Botox treatment.
For example, Botox can cause temporary paralysis or muscle weakness in the face. It can also cause drooping eyelids or dry eyes, leading to corneal damage and infection if left untreated. Other risks and side effects also include bruising, infection, bleeding, pain, scarring, allergic reactions, and more.
Again, all of this can be prevented if you find the right aesthetician provider with legitimate credentials.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Now that we have discussed Botox, let’s discuss another treatment that can rejuvenate the skin and reverse aging: dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are a type of cosmetic treatment that can improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other skin imperfections.
Dermal fillers get injected into the skin to soften and smooth out wrinkles in the face, lips, and other body parts. They are made from hyaluronic acid, collagen, or other substances that create natural-looking results. Dermal fillers can be used as a temporary treatment or part of a long-term plan to change one’s appearance.
Fillers are not permanent like plastic surgery. However, they offer lasting results and can help build volume into thin areas like cheeks or lips.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers work by stimulating collagen production in the dermis layer of the skin, which, when missing or lacking, causes wrinkles and folds on the face. Injecting a filler into this layer can create a plump, smooth surface that helps reduce wrinkles and folds over time. This process is similar to how collagen was initially produced in the human body but was reduced due to aging.
Dermal fillers are a good option for people who want to improve their appearance without going under the knife. They also provide an alternative for people who want to stay away from surgical procedures but still need cosmetic help.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
In general, dermal fillers last anywhere from 3-6 months. However, this largely depends on the type of filler used and how much filler was injected. Permanent dermal fillers can last anywhere from 2 to 4 years, depending on the dermal filler brand.
Side Effects And Risks?
Many side effects can arise from the use of dermal fillers. Some of them are temporary, but some of them can be more severe. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, discoloration, and scarring. The most severe risk is an infection or allergic reaction.
You can also avoid these mishaps if you find the right aesthetician for the job.
What Are Their Differences?
Both dermal fillers and Botox can be used for cosmetic purposes, but they have different uses. Dermal fillers can be injected into the skin to plump it up, while Botox is injected into muscles and paralyze them, which makes it more helpful in reducing wrinkles.
Botox and dermal fillers are both effective injectables, so if you are interested in any of the two treatments, make sure to reach out to our clinic Cheeky Medspa. Be sure also to check other services we offer, and you may see something that catches your fancy.