Difference between Botox and Fillers

Difference between Botox and Fillers

Botox & Cosmetic Fillers: What’s the Difference?

Many today get confused when talking of Botox and fillers. Especially since cosmetic clinics tend to market Botox & fillers together, the line between the two often gets blurred. So we’ve written this article to finally explain the difference. So here’s the lowdown…

Botox & Fillers – Similarities

For cosmetic purposes, Botox and facial cosmetic fillers are generally used for the same aim: to minimize signs of anti-aging. They both do this by improving facial rejuvenation and minimizing/eliminating wrinkles and other aging lines. Moreover, both Botox and fillers are injectables. Both get injected into areas of the face that are to be treated. Finally, both Botox and fillers last temporarily and the patient needs to re-use the treatment in order to keep the same results.

This is pretty much where the similarities between Botox and fillers end.

Botox & Fillers – How They Work

The main difference between Botox and cosmetic fillers lies in how they work. Although they both aim to slap aging in the gut, they do this in different ways. On the one hand, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity therefore allowing wrinkles to loosen and relax. The compound itself is a toxin derived from a bacterium called clostridium botulinum, which is poisonous in large amounts. For more details about Botox and how it works, refer to our Introductory Guide to Botox.

Meanwhile, cosmetic facial fillers work in a different manner. Instead of paralyzing muscle activity as with Botox treatment, cosmetic fillers plump up, or fill, the areas treated. This helps plump up lips and uses a volumizing effect to ‘fill’ wrinkles, creases, and folds so they won’t appear as such anymore. Learn more about how fillers work with our Introductory Guide to Cosmetic Fillers.

So, rather than ‘negate’ as with Botox (e.g. negating muscle activity), fillers ‘add’ volume. Both treatments work in a unique manner and have actually been used in combination with each other, providing a powerful 1-2 punch to anti-aging.

What to Expect From Each Procedure

Both procedures involve injections into the area(s) treated and both don’t necessarily involve any downtime so you’re able to return to physical activity next day. Both procedures may result in some slight bruising and/or swelling directly after you undergo the procedure but this shouldn’t persist more than a day or so.

With Botox, sessions shouldn’t last more than 30-45 minutes and, with fillers, sessions shouldn’t last more than 45 minutes to an hour. Botox treatments generally last anywhere from 4 to 6 months. On the other hand, the duration of fillers depends on several factors such as type of filler (e.g. Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium Hydroxylapatite, etc.) brand used, depth of injection, area treated, amount of filler, etc. Results can range anywhere from six months to a couple years or more.

Who Do Botox Treatments Suit Best?

Botox can be used on a wide variety of patients and is mainly used for rejuvenating skin and minimizing signs of aging. Botox helsp to improve the look of moderate-to-severe wrinkles, frown lines, glabellar lines (lines between the brows), crow’s feet lines (lines aroudn the sides of the eyes), among others.

Who Do Filler Treatments Suit Best?

Similarly, cosmetic dermal fillers can also be used on a wide variety of paitents and is also used for skin rejuvenation as well as minimizing lines and wrinkles. Since fillers help restore volume loss that typically begins to occur as we get into our mid-30s, other suitable candidates are those looking to add volume to the face, lips, and cheeks.

Who Should Avoid Botox & Filler Treatments?

Botox

If you have medical issues related to damaged nerves or muscles, then you should relay this information during your initial consultation. It won’t automatically disqualify you but the specialist would need to know details before making a decision on whether the treatment is right for you. In addition, Botox is not recommended for those women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. Although there are no studies showing any harmful effect of Botox on the baby or mother,

Fillers

There isn’t any known risk to pregnant or breastfeeding women but we would advise against treatment in these circumstances.

What Issues Can Each Treatment Help With?

Botox

When it comes to cosmetic issues, Botox helps to treat signs of aging such as minimizing wrinkles and aging lines. Botox can also help with other non-cosmetic related issues. In general, Botox can treat:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Anti aging lines
  • Severe muscle spasms (e.g. repetitive neck spasms, otherwise known as cervical dystonia)
  • ‘Gummy’ smiles (a condition where too much of the gums are exposed when smiling)
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm)
  • Lazy eye

Fillers

Cosmetic fillers can help with physical aging factors such as:

  • Enhancing lip volume to plump up and thicken thin lips
  • Helping to augment sagging cheeks by optimizing shape and restoring a rejuvenated youthful look
  • Filling in hollow areas (depressions in parts of the face, especially under the eyes, that result from aging
  • Adding restorative volume and smoothing out creases resulting from aging (e.g. marionette lines around the mouth)
  • Repairing severe facial and acne scars on the face, making them appear even with the rest of your face, and less manifest
  • Increasing facial volume especially in the areas of the lower cheeks and temples, which most frequently happen from fat pads that move beneath the skin

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Botox – An Introduction

Botox – An Introduction

Botox – An Introduction

What exactly is Botox? What cosmetic and non-cosmetic purposes can Botox be used for? How long does Botox treatment last and what can you expect when receiving Botox injections? Learn all this and more with our intro guide to Botox.

Botox – What is it and how is it used?

Botox is actually the medical brand name of a toxin derived from a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. Botox is poisonous in large amounts, however, scientists found a way to use Botox advantageously over the years and Botox is now used in a variety of beneficial ways.

The magic of Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity. In other words, Botox is effective in treating and paralyzing those disorders related to unnatural muscle activity.

Depending on the area treated, amount of Botox used, depth of injection, and other factors, Botox can be used in the treatment of:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Anti aging lines
  • Severe muscle spasms (e.g. repetitive neck spasms, otherwise known as cervical dystonia)
  • ‘Gummy’ smiles (a condition where too much of the gums are exposed when smiling)
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm)
  • Lazy eye

Botox for Cosmetic Purposes

Doctors, health professionals, Hollywood actors, actresses, and a host of other professionals have been using Botox for many years to effectively treat signs of aging such as wrinkles and facial creases.

Fifteen years ago, in April of 2002, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for the treatment of moderate-to-severe frown lines around and between the eyebrows – otherwise known as glabellar lines. In addition, Botox is used to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging elsewhere on the face and body.

Botox – How it Works

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing human muscle activity. It does this by blocking brain signals that are carried from the nerves to the muscles. The muscle (area treated by Botox) would no longer be able to contract or expand. When it comes to cosmetic anti aging, this means facial wrinkles significantly relax and soften when treated with Botox.

For cosmetic purposes, Botox is most often used to treat the following signs of anti-aging:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet (aging lines that form around the eye)
  • Frown lines
  • Most facial wrinkles (any wrinkles resulting from sun damage and/or gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments)

Botox Procedure – What to Expect?

Receiving Botox injections requires only a few minutes and can be done in the comfort of your cosmetic professional’s clinic. No anesthesia is required and, since Botox is injected with a fine needle into acute areas of muscle, there’s little-to-no discomfort.

The results usually take about a week to fully show and it’s always best to steer clear from any alcoholic drinks during that time, which would otherwise risk negating the treatment’s effects.

Moreover, Motrin, Aspirin, and other anti-inflammatory drugs should be discontinued two weeks before Botox treatment (in order to minimize bruising).

As with any medical procedure, you should always consult with a doctor or experienced cosmetic health professional if you’re considering Botox treatment.

Botox – How Long does Treatment Last?

Botox generally lasts anywhere from four to six months. As the effects of Botox wear off, muscle activity returns to the treated area and, therefore, wrinkles and aging lines begin to reappear. Although the lines and wrinkles may re-appear less severely than before, they still need to be retreated with Botox to maintain results.

Side Effects of Botox

The most common side effect of Botox treatments is light bruising. In addition, moderate-to-severe headaches can occur 24-48 hours after undergoing Botox treatments (although this is rare). A tiny percentage of patients that undergo Botox may also develop eyelid drooping, which usually results from a patient moving around too much or lying down during the first 3-4 hours after undergoing Botox injections..

Who Shouldn’t Receive Botox

Anyone experiencing pregnancy, breastfeeding, or any type of mental or neurological illness should not receive Botox injections. Since Botox works differently for different people, it’s important you undergo a consultation appointment with a doctor or cosmetic health professional before undergoing any sort of Botox treatment.

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Don’t wait. If you’re in the Southeast Michigan area, call 313-846-0002 or request an appointment right now to receive a FREE no-commitment  consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic professionals