It’s an unfortunate fact of life: At some point, we all begin to notice a few lines and wrinkles in our complexions. While this is simply a normal part of aging, it might feel unpleasant to you. We live in a culture that prizes youthful beauty, after all. Even already-beautiful models are airbrushed to perfection, and we’re surrounded by these images daily. It can feel hard to measure up.
Plus, there are other reasons that the signs of aging might bother you. Often fine lines and wrinkles can contribute to an “angry” or “unhappy” appearance, and can subtly impact the way others see us. Often we talk to professionals who worry that their expression might serve as a turn-off in their line of work, either to clients or higher-ups who are in charge of promotions.
So, maybe you’ve decided to do something about your lines and wrinkles… But what can you do? First, learning the difference between Botox and dermal fillers can help you begin to narrow your choices.
Botox was created to treat “dynamic wrinkles”, or those caused by repetitive motions. It is often used on the forehead, for example, and it essentially “freezes” those muscles. The muscles of your face will relax, and lines will smooth. Over time, Botox can even prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Fillers were created to treat collagen breakdown in the skin, which has led to creases such as those around the mouth. They are also used to plump lips, and to treat lines on hands and other parts of the body.
Both Botox and dermal fillers are administered via injection, within the time frame of a simple office appointment. Injections will be repeated as needed; Botox must be repeated every four to six months, and fillers can last between four months and two years. Both treatments are considered very safe, with mild side effects occasionally reported. However, your exact response to these products will vary, so we urge you to consult with us before making a decision.
As you can see, these similar products work in very different ways, and on different parts of the face or body. Many people use both products to achieve the look they desire. Contact us for an appointment, and we can help you decide whether Botox, fillers, or a combination of both products are right for you.