Botox and dermal fillers have many things in common, but they are actually very different. We use both of these minimally-invasive treatments to help reduce facial signs of aging, from fine lines to deep folds and loss of volume. Man or woman, here’s what you should know about these popular (and highly effective!) products.
What Botox and Fillers Have in Common
Both are injected in tiny increments called units. The amount we use depends on the severity of wrinkling and how much change you want to see. You get just enough to achieve the results that are entirely natural looking, never overdone.
Both are biodegradable, so they are gradually absorbed by your body over time. How long this takes varies for each individual and also depends on which products are used. For example, Botox treatments typically last at least 3 to 4 months, while fillers can last anywhere from 4 to 6 months to 2 years or more.
Treatment sessions are short and simple, usually taking just a few minutes (though more extensive filler injections will take a little longer). You can easily schedule a treatment over a lunch hour or tuck it into any busy lifestyle.
There is no downtime required for Botox or fillers. Initially, you might see mild bruising or swelling, but this will dissipate within a day or two. You can re-apply your makeup and get back to work or on about your day.
What Does Botox Do?
Dynamic muscles beneath our skin enable us to smile, frown, squint, and so on. Our skin wrinkles as we make those expressions, and over time we start to see those wrinkles even when our face is relaxed. By injecting tiny amounts of Botox into targeted muscles, we can reduce the amount of muscle movement, in turn reducing visible wrinkling. Botox works because it is a refined protein made from botulinum toxin that slightly paralyzes the muscle.
The beauty of today’s Botox is that it not only reduces the appearance of current wrinkles, it helps prevent future or deeper wrinkling. And it does that without robbing you of the natural expressions that make your face unique.
Following Botox treatment, you should start to see results within 48 hours, and full effects after a couple of weeks. At that point, if you want more obvious results, we can add more Botox. (That’s what’s so great about using tiny incremental injections.)
What Do Dermal Fillers Do?
As we age, our skin produces less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, the building blocks of fresh, new skin cells. So our skin loses elasticity. We also lose volume. As a result, we start to see sagging or hollows that make us look older and tired. As the name implies, dermal fillers replace lost volume. There are several different types of fillers, each formulated to address specific concerns or areas of the face.
By injecting small amounts of the gel-like filler, we can restore more rounded, youthful facial contours, plump lips, and literally fill in wrinkles and folds for a smoother look. Many dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, so they can also help renew skin cell production.
Here at BeCLINICAL, we use only “natural flow” fillers, which maintain a natural appearance as your facial muscles move. You never have to worry about looking oddly puffed-up. You will see some change immediately following treatment, and full effects after two weeks or so. If we’re using fillers for very deep wrinkles or folds, we may recommend doing that over more than one session, for more comfortable and natural-looking results.
Botox + Fillers: Even Better
Because Botox and dermal fillers work differently, we often recommend that you get both types of treatments to achieve maximum improvement in your facial appearance. Using Botox in combination with a filler can also extend the life of the filler, because reduced muscle movement will slow the absorption process.
What Are You Waiting For?
Proven results you’ll start to see right away, quick appointments, and no downtime – you could be looking better than ever this holiday season. And what a beautiful way to ring in the new year! If you’re ready to get started, it’s easy to schedule an appointment. If you have more questions about Botox or fillers, why not schedule a personal consultation? That’s easy, too.