Botox or Fillers? Which is better for me?
With growing age, appearance of wrinkles and saggy skin is a common phenomenon. This leads to an older and tired-looking appearance of the face. Saggy skin adds several years to a person’s appearance which may affects a person’s self-esteem greatly. Growing age should never mean declining confidence.
There are surgical options available for removing the signs of aging such as surgical facelift. However, going under the knife comes with their risks, downtime and high costs.
If you are looking for a non surgical way to get rid of aging signs and achieve a youthful appearance, botox and fillers are the best options for you. Let’s discuss them in more detail to understand which is suitable for you.
What Is Botox?
This is a very trendy term nowadays because of its benefits over all other surgical options. Botox is also called a Botulinum toxin. It is a neurotoxic protein that is extracted from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is safe for medical use nowadays after being intensively purified and diluted. It is popularly used to get rid of aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines. Botox became more commonly in use since 1980s.
Botox reduces the release of neurotransmitters called acetylcholine from the axon endings of the nerves. This temporarily relaxes the muscles and reduces wrinkles. The Society of Plastic Surgeons stated that in 2018 more than 7.4 million procedures of botulinum toxin were done which was more than 845% from the year 2000. Mainly the botox became known to the masses after Bravo’s Real Housewives Reality Tv show in 2006 where Lauri Waring Peterson and Vicki Gunavalson were seen using the botox. A lot of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Sarah, Cindy Crawford, Kelly Ripa, Venessa Williams, etc. have been using botox for a youthful appearance.
Basically, botox is a short form for ‘botulinum toxin’. There are a few famous brands of botulinum toxin like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin etc.
Except for removing signs of aging, Botox is also used in treating muscular dysfunction, excessive sweating(palm/armpit), overactive bladder, etc. This makes botox a very useful medicinal substance that benefits people in multiple ways. But it is very important to denote the right application of the botox for avoiding any complications. If you are looking for a non-surgical option to cure wrinkles and fine lines then, botox can be a prudent choice.
What Is Fillers?
Fillers first came into existence in 1970s. During this period intensive efforts were being made and researches were being done to invent collagen injectables from animal collagen-like bovine [extracted from cows]. The first dermal filler was named the Zyderm which was affiliated as facial filler in 1985. Till the 1990s, injections of artificial collagen were being used as fillers to restore volume loss on the face. Then, in 2000s hyaluronic acid (HA) filler was invented, which has better quality and more natural result. HA filler is being widely used in aesthetic field until today because of its excellent safety profile, predictable outcome and dissolvable nature.
Other than HA filler, various substances are used as dermal fillers like calcium hydroxylapatite, polycapro-lactone, agarose gel and polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres [PMMA]. All these ingredients are chosen according to the specific purpose and region of the incorporation of the fillers.
How do fillers work on signs of aging?
Fillers are inserted at various places under the skin. They enhance the volume and make the appearance of hollow regions look more plumper. Similarly, fillers fill up the loosened skin which causes the disappearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers are also used for correcting asymmetry as well as correcting certain facial features to an extent. They can be used for reshaping the nose and chin, reduce dark circle, enhance the lips, define jawlines, replace volume loss at cheeks/temple/forehead, etc. Fillers provide plumpness and restore volume which results in younger and more attractive facial features.
Differences between Fillers and Botox
Botox and fillers both have their advantages and work efficiently towards reducing the signs of aging and providing better facial features. It also boosts the confidence of the person by providing them youthful skin.
However, botox and fillers differ from each other in several ways:
As we grow older our skin loses its elasticity and tends to get saggy. This makes the whole appearance old and dull. If you don’t want to opt for surgical methods then, botox and fillers make a good choice to treat the signs of aging as well as enhance your facial features.