What do we REALLY know about the difference in fillers and Botox? While they seem more than similar, in reality the two couldn’t be more different!
What is Botox and what is it used for?
Botox is short for Botulinum Toxin, which is a group of molecules produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum… it’s much easier to just call it Botox. It is referred to as a “toxin” because in large quantities is acts as a neurotoxin and has the ability to block the actions of the desired nerve endings. For aesthetic purposes it is injected into the tiny facial muscles, this then relaxes the muscle tension on the skin that creates the fine lines and wrinkles.
Botulinum Toxin is also used to treat medical conditions such as Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) or to relive migraines if offered by the provider. Most patients will find that the effects of this treatment can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Botox is considered a safe and effective treatment for almost all patients. Some contra indications such as pregnancy and other neurological conditions would possibly prevent the patient from having Botulinum Toxin injections.
Now.. what exactly are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a form of medical products that are designed to be injected to replace the loss of volume. There are many forms of filler, the most common form of filler is hyaluronic acid which is a substance that is naturally occurring in the human body.
Another form filler is a collagen-stimulating filler. This form of filler gives immediate results as well as stimulating the bodies own natural collagen to improve the results over a period of time. Along with improving volume loss filler is also used to revitalize the skins appearance overall. Similar to Botox, fillers are safe for almost every patient as long as the patient does not have any pre-existing contraindications.
When making the choice of Filler or Botulinum Toxins, it is always nice to have all the information beforehand. Always be sure your are receiving injections from a professional injector who practices sanitary procedures and has the qualifications to safely inject.
If you would like to learn whether botox or dermal fillers would be best for you, schedule a consultation and our injector will answer all of your questions and help you prioritize to best achieve the desired results.