Botox and Fillers: What's Right For You May 3, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

There are tons of celebrities who have overdone it with both fillers and Botox, but both procedures can have useful medical and cosmetic applications. In fact, most people won't notice a subtle treatment of Botox or fillers. But if you are considering Botox or fillers you should know the difference. While they might appear similar to a casual commentator, they're not the same thing. They only thing they have in common is that they're both injections! If you’re in the market for some non-surgical cosmetic treatments, fillers or Botox may be what you’re looking for. You should know the difference between fillers and Botox so you know what you’re getting before you purchase. Also, you should always attend a reputable plastic surgeon or someone who works directly with a plastic surgeon. It's worth the safety and security to pay for a professional treatment.

Botox

Botox has been in use for over twenty years. Botox is the brand name for a drug made from a neurotoxin (called Botulinum) produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. 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 is injected in humans in extremely small amounts and it prevents the signal from the nerve cells to reach the muscle, basically leaving them paralyzed. It sounds scary, but it's painless and effective when administered properly by a skilled technician who knows the right area to inject (DON'T try this at home). 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.  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.

Fillers

Fillers do exactly what their name suggests: they fill the area underneath sagging skin so that it doesn’t sag anymore. The injection uses hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that contributes to volume and hydration. The two most popular types of fillers are Juvederm and Restylane. Juvederm is designed to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane is a soft tissue filler that adds volume to the skin through tiny injections; smoothing facial folds and wrinkles in areas around the mouth and eyes. They both refill in areas where volume has been lost and the results are a more youthful looking appearance in the face. You can use fillers for plumping thin lips, plumping hollowed out under-eyes, fill facial wrinkles, smooth the appearance of acne scars and surgical scars, or fill creases like smile lines. 

In short, Botox is used to paralyze muscles so that we prevent fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox tightens the skin, fillers enhance natural volume. Really, they treat different issues. Fillers fill up extra space in the face caused by sagging skin (most of the time due to age). Botox doesn’t fill empty space under the skin like filler does, just as fillers don’t paralyze muscles from working and preventing wrinkles. For some people, they do require injections of both but not everyone requires that. It very much depends on what you are looking to achieve and how your skin looks currently. Consult your doctor or a cosmetic surgeon for more information.

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