Managing aging skin with various anti-aging cosmetics and treatments can be costly and time consuming. Various beauty products and wrinkle treatments are marketed as solutions to lines and wrinkles on the dermis; however, they normally only have a slight effect on a person’s overall complexion. Botox injections and dermal fillers are more permanent and visible treatments. Each year millions of people opt for either of these anti-aging treatments as a means of smoothing and reinvigorating their skin.
So why do some people opt for Botox while others choose facial fillers? Both anti-aging treatments are widely trusted and deemed as extremely effective procedures for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. Their use is not limited to just the rich and the famous, but to many ordinary people concerned with maintaining an invigorated and youthful appearance.
Here’s how they differ:
Botox is made from a purified protein product that works to prevent wrinkle formation preventing muscle activity in the area treated. It is this muscle movement that would otherwise have cause wrinkles and lines to form. Botox® can minimise the appearance of frown lines between the brows, forehead lines, crow’s feet around the eyes and can also be used for eyebrow lifts. It can also be used to treat certain medical conditions such as Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Generally, patients are unaffected by Botox injections. However, some common side effects are bruising, swelling, flu-like symptoms, or small red dots on the face. Treatments do not require anaesthetic, make-up can be worn immediately following the injections and patients can immediately return to work; there is no downtime.
Dermal Fillers are also used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as for lip, under the eye and facial fillers. While Botox injections target muscle activity, facial fillers plump up the area around the wrinkle in order to smoothen out the skin. The aim of this is to bestow patients with a more natural look.
In both the case of facial filler and Botox injections, careful compliance with doctor’s instructions, the chances of negative side-effects occurring are decreased.
Unfortunately, fine lines and wrinkles that add age to our appearance are, as we get older, inescapable. Thankfully, both Botox injections and dermal fillers provide two different remedies for aging skin. Comprised of different materials and using different methods to treat any furrows of the dermis, these two treatments – whilst having a somewhat similar effect – should not be lumped into the same category.
For advice on which anti-aging treatment is best for you, a consultation with your doctor or dermatologist is crucial. For more information on the difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, speak to one of the experienced practitioners at Prescription Skin Care on 09 529 5784. Otherwise, head online to www.prescriptionskincare.co.nz to arrange an appointment.