Difference between Botox and fillers?
Wrinkles, depending on the type, can be filled with fillers or straightened after the muscles die with Botox, however, their type also plays an important role.
As if it is not enough that wrinkles multiply and deepen with age, when we try to alleviate them with anti-aging procedures, we must also pay attention to whether they are static or dynamic. Static wrinkles are visible on the face even when it is relaxed, while dynamic wrinkles appear depending on facial expression and showing emotions - repeated movements draw them on our face. When it is calm and relaxed, such wrinkles for the most part become invisible.
Permanent wrinkle fillers
Dermal fillers, or just fillers, which are injected under the skin, are intended for straightening static wrinkles. It is a gel substance, most often hyaluronic acid, which, in addition to treating static wrinkles, is also used for contouring the face. After the injection, it literally fills in lines and wrinkles, fills in areas where the face has lost volume, and defines and reshapes facial features.
Fillers can be used to straighten the so-called puppet wrinkles (running from the corners of the mouth to the chin) and nasolabial folds (extending from the nose to the mouth), to fill wrinkles around the lips (also known as smoking or better said barcode wrinkles), then on the neck, to fill the cheeks, of course, and for increasing the volume of the lips, for defining the lines of the chin and jaw, but also for correcting the eyelids, trimming the nose (non-surgical rhinoplasty) and filling the backs that often look older than the face.
The effect of water
Fillers seek to compensate for the loss of fat, collagen, and elastin in the skin. Hyaluronic acid attracts a lot of water and retains it there, and it is this water that helps to achieve the effect of the fullness of the skin. The results of hyaluronic acid fillers last from six to 18 months, depending on how much the body of each individual needs to break down the filler.
Botox for mimic wrinkles
Botox, ie botulinum toxin A, which prevents muscle activity and thus prevents the formation of wrinkles, is most often used to straighten dynamic lines and wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles include frown wrinkles (unloved 11 between the eyebrows), lines and wrinkles on the forehead, smile wrinkles (so-called chicken or crow's feet), and so-called rabbit wrinkles, ie longitudinal and wrinkled wrinkles on the nose.
Calm muscles - fewer lines
A small amount of botulinum toxin is injected into the target area to temporarily paralyze the muscles. When muscles lose the ability to contract, wrinkles and lines on that part of the face relax and shrink.
The effect is significant and really visible, but it does not last very long, mostly about three months, possibly up to six months, because during this time the body metabolizes Botox. To maintain the effect, treatments should be repeated. Doctors say that over time, muscles can get used to the new situation, in which case, the period between applications can be extended or the same result can be achieved with fewer Botox units.