What are the Relative Merits of Botox® and Fillers?
While most people seem to be aware that Botox® and fillers are skin rejuvenating treatments used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, there is often some confusion as to how they differ. Even though some may simply consider these two terms to be synonyms, there is, in fact, a substantial difference between them. While both treatments are certainly aimed at achieving the same end result, they do so by radically different means. Furthermore, which of the two may prove more effective in any given case is as much a function of the subject treated as it is of the treatment used.
Option 1: Botox®
Botox® is the registered trade name of a purified protein extract derived from an exotoxin produced by a micro-organism known as Clostridium botulinum. One of its effects is that of a powerful muscle relaxant. When injected into wrinkled areas, the tiny facial muscles relax allowing the skin to resume its former smooth appearance. Decades of research have resulted in a surprisingly affordable, safe and reliable procedure that has become hugely popular with both men and women worldwide. It is a particularly good choice for softening frown lines and those that are prone to develop around the mouth.
Botox® may not be suitable for everyone, however. It is inadvisable, though not known to be harmful, in subjects who are pregnant or breastfeeding, while anyone with nerve damage or muscular issues should consult their doctor before proceeding.
Option 2: Fillers
Dermal fillers, by contrast, act to promote the regeneration of collagen and elastin – the two proteins responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin. As well as smoothing out those fine lines and wrinkles, this type of treatment is also able to restore volume and structure to the facial features generally. The agent injected in this case is hyaluronic acid, a normal product of healthy human skin cells that has no known side-effects.
It should be stressed that regardless of which treatment you may choose, the results of both Botox® and fillers are temporary. While the former may need a repeat treatment after three to six months, the hyaluronic acid results tend to persist around two to three times as long before a top-up treatment may be required. On a pro rata basis, however, the typical cost of each treatment is very little different. This means that neither affordability nor doubts about the reliability of either should present a problem providing you seek the help of an experienced professional.
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