Due to the increasing demand to maintain a youthful appearance, many people opt for non-invasive methods to get results similar to surgical interventions today. Do you want to look your best but are unsure if Botox or fillers are the way to go? Read on then. We will educate you about both so you can make an informed choice.
What is Botox?
Botox contains the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is injected into a client. This bacteria produces a toxin which paralyzes muscles. In 1919 and 1920, this deadly bacteria was discovered in canned food. Scientists then developed methods to purify this toxin, making it useful in small and measured doses. At first, Botox was administered to patients suffering from medical disorders like migraines and strabismus. Its beneficial effects on wrinkles were later discovered by accident, but it didn’t stop its rapid adoption in the beauty industry.
What happens when you inject Botox?
You probably know that Botox can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but you may be wondering how exactly this is accomplished. Muscle paralysis is another side effect of the Clostridium botulinum germs, which we discussed earlier. Thus, receiving a Botox injection causes the affected muscle group to become momentarily immobile.
For instance, crow’s feet can appear around the eyes due to repeated facial expressions of happiness, such as smiling and laughing. Getting Botox injections there will keep those muscles from contracting frequently. Since you won’t exercise those muscles as much, wrinkles shouldn’t become as deep. Note that Botox freezes muscles, and it can only reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by repeated muscular contractions (dynamic wrinkles). Wrinkles brought on by skin laxity or a lack of facial fat will not be reduced (static wrinkles).
What is the cost of Botox?
At Eye Candy Vision and Beauty Clinic, our price for Botox Cosmetic is $10/unit while Xeomin is $7/unit.
How long does the effect of Botox last?
The effects of Botox are temporary, and you will need to keep up with the injections if you want to get optimal results. Most people feel the results last for about three to four months, so you will need injections three to four times a year at the very least to maintain the desired level of effectiveness.
What are Fillers?
Dermal fillers, often known as fillers, are another type of injectable cosmetic procedure. You may wonder what differentiates this from Botox since both treat wrinkles and volume loss. A small incision is made just below the skin to administer these injections. Fillers are used for many different purposes, and many individuals receive them to combat the visible indications of aging. They can also enhance features like thin lips or reduce the prominence of scars. The filler you select may have a unique combination of ingredients, including calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, and polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres.
What do Fillers do?
As we age, we start losing fat/volume in our faces. Skin that lacks the fatty padding provided by fat can sag and develop wrinkles and other forms of premature aging. These are the static wrinkles mentioned earlier. Fillers act to fill in the volume lost that occurred from the aging process.
What is the cost of Fillers?
Fillers can range in price depending on the type, and it can be anything from about $700 to almost $1,000 per syringe. Like Botox, you’ll most likely need many injections to address your problem areas adequately.
How long do Fillers last?
Injectable fillers have varying durations of effect, and some may only last six months, while others can endure up to almost two years. You should also be aware that outcomes may not necessarily be immediate either, and it may take longer for some dermal fillers to take effect than others.
What should I choose between Botox and Fillers?
Botox is a great option to alleviate and smooth the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and lines, but is not meant to fill up the volume loss from aging. Hence you’ll not be able to get the “plumped up” effect from Botox. However, at Eye Candy Vision and Beauty Clinic, our medical director, Dr. Danny Chang prefers to practice aesthetics from a more conservative approach and refrain from using filler, due to many potential side effects such as blood vessel occlusions, skin necrosis and filler migration. That is also why there has been an emerging trend of many long-term dermal filler users who wanted to “dissolve” their fillers.