Botox vs. Fillers – What Is The Difference?

Sep 22, 2015 by Sarah (Day Styles)

There has been a lot of hype in the media lately about dermal fillers (specifically about Kylie Jenner’s lip injections). There have been many celebrities who have overdone it with both fillers and Botox, but do we really know what the difference is? Aren’t they the same thing? To be brief, the answer is no. They are both injected into the face and they are both used for cosmetic reasons, but that’s about as much as they have in common. If you’re in the market for some non-surgical cosmetic treatments, fillers or Botox may be what you’re looking for. But, you need to ensure you go to someone who’s reputable and is either an actual plastic surgeon or works directly with a plastic surgeon. You should know the difference between fillers and Botox so you know what you’re getting before you purchase. 

Botox

Botox has actually been around for over 20 years. It’s a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called Botulinum Toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It is administered by diluting the powder in a saline solution and injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue. It takes up to 5 days for it to take full effect, which is the amount of time needed for the toxin to actually disrupt the nerve process. There are roughly about 6 million Botox treatments injected each year. It is injected in humans in extremely small amounts and it prevents the signal from the nerve cells to reach the muscle, basically leaving the muscle without instructions to contract, leaving them paralyzed. Botox is used cosmetically for preventing and treating fine lines and wrinkles, however, there are other medical reasons people would receive Botox injections. These include eyelid spasms, severe neck and shoulder muscle spasm, chronic migraines, excessive sweating, crossed eyes and overactive bladder.

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