Did you know? After the age of twenty, we produce one percent less collagen in the skin with every passing year. As a result, the skin often loses volume and becomes thinner with age, which creates those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. While products and anti-aging creams provide vitamins and moisture to the skin, they will not reverse the natural effects of intrinsic and extrinsic aging. However, cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while restoring a healthy complexion.
What is Botox?
This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure which temporarily creates lift while also reducing facial wrinkles, frown lines, smile lines and other facial creases.
- How it works: Botox will essentially freeze the facial muscles by blocking wrinkle inducing muscle movement with neurotoxins, giving the skin a rejuvenated, youthful appearance.
- Uses: While Botox offers a bevy of cosmetic benefits, the injections can also be greatly effective in reducing extreme headaches, muscle spasms, overactive sweat and prostate gland. (I am unclear on how the prostate gland ties in here- does it reduce the size?)
For most, the temporary effects of Botox often lasts for only 3-4 months, and can often take several days to a week to see end results. While lines and wrinkles should improve, Botox may not remove all facial imperfection.
What are Dermal Fillers?
This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of deep lines resulting in a smooth, more youthful facial appearance.
- How it works: This natural or synthetic injectable is used to fill trouble spots with collagen. This reduces facial lines by restoring lost volume and fullness in areas of the face, beyond what skincare products can do.
- Uses: A boost of collagen can enhance a number of things including: plump thinning lips, non-surgical chin augmentation, augment shallow temples and contours, soften facial and neck creases, improve the appearance of acne scars, and so many more!
With immediate results, lines and wrinkles should instantly improve. For most, the longer-lasting effect of dermal fillers can last from 3 months to two years.
Botox is best if you wish to isolate dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles often occur in motion or during expression. Most commonly, they lie on the forehead and around the eyebrows. Dermal fillers are ideal for augmenting static wrinkles that are visible when relaxed. Most commonly around the cheek bones or temples.
Knowing the difference between Botox and dermal fillers, how they work, and their effects is critical before seeking treatment. Since these injections differs, many people choose to get both Botox and dermal fillers. This effective combination often produces a bright, lifted, and more youthful complexion.