If you’ve started to look into the possibilities of aesthetic procedures, you may already be confused at the range of treatments on offer – particularly if all you want is to restore a little youthfulness and vitality to your face. Two of the most popular treatments available (as well as being the most publicised ones) are Botox and dermal fillers – and they pop up so regularly in news reports that the layperson often confuses one for the other.
So, if you’re one of those people who can’t tell the difference between the two, let’s put them under the microscope…
Botox and dermal fillers: what they do
Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin – a natural protein that temporarily relaxes muscles in the face that are the cause of lines and wrinkles. Deployed in incredibly small doses, it’s been proven to be the safest and most tested product of its kind.
Dermal fillers are a supplement of Hyaluronic Acid, a natural additive that the body routinely produces to self-regulate the skin and keep it moisturised. As we get older, our natural supplies diminish – hence the need to ‘top up’ the facial area with HA.
What the Botox and dermal fillers treatment involves
Both procedures consist of a consultation session, where clients express their desired results, followed by a course of injections. There may be slight bruising and swelling immediately afterwards, but can be easily hidden with make-up.
How long do the results last from Botox and dermal fillers?
Botox has a specific job to do – to target and soften the lines in a client’s face caused by facial expressions – and the duration of results lasts from three to six months, depending on various factors. Dermal fillers have less of a job to do, and is more of a gradual treatment, which means that the results last for up to 18 months – and in some cases, as long as two years.
Who would each treatment suit?
If you want to get rid of facial lines and wrinkles on a budget, Botox is the obvious choice, as it targets problem areas with fast results at a lower cost. If you’re looking to eliminate lines and wrinkles while also replenishing the volume to your face over a longer period of time, dermal fillers are the best bet.
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