Botulinum Versus Fillers. Which is the Better Anti-Aging Treatment?

There are many Anti-Aging treatments available to consumers nowadays. There are various products available over-the-counter. Also, people do regular consultations with their healthcare professionals for an enduring solution. 

Dermal Fillers and Botulinum toxin Type A, top the list for a long-standing solution. However, there are differences in both these treatments, which are discussed below. Continue reading the article to get more information about both treatments.

Understanding Botulinum or Botox

Botox relaxes the muscles and is developed from bacteria. It has been in the market for more than two decades now. Botox provides treatment for a neurological disorder that results in the weakness of muscles. It is also an effective treatment in conditions of migraines and other medical situations.

Primarily, Botox is used for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles are usually seen in the middle of your eyebrows and also around the mouth and eyes. It increases as you grow older. The injections of Botox give relaxation to the muscles close to these wrinkles. The muscles do not move, causing a reduction in the look of the dynamic wrinkles.

Botox treatment is not for the fine lines, which are the result of collagen breakdown. Your healthcare professional gives Botox treatment to the specific wrinkles by injecting the muscles. The injecting procedure lasts for a few minutes and gives a positive result in two weeks.

What are Dermal Fillers?

The wrinkles on the face are treatable by Dermal Fillers also. They are used primarily for treating smile lines, although fillers make cheeks and lips chubby. Sometimes, the filler is also needed for the treatment of hands and to reduce the appearance of the scars. The dermal fillers have not received approval for making the other parts of the body chubby, like the breasts.

There are different forms in which Dermal Fillers are available. It is also injectable, just like Botox. Some are not permanent and primarily used for fibrous tissue on the smile line of the face.

Comparing the Effectiveness of Botox and Dermal Fillers

Effectiveness of Botox

Injections of Botox have given positive results for many consumers, as per the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAOS). A positive effect can be noticed in a week. However, a minimum side effect is there, but that too goes away pretty quickly. Due to some conditions in the body, the effectiveness of Botox is not noticeable. You will have to consult the healthcare professional beforehand about any potential threat.

Once you get injected with Botox, there is no recovery time needed. You can continue with your daily schedule as it is. Botox has a lasting effect of around 3-4 months. You will have to take additional treatments to maintain the results.

Effectiveness of Dermal Fillers

The result and effectiveness of the dermal fillers do last longer than the Botox. However, there can be variations in the outcome depending upon the type of fillers used. Identical to Botox, additional treatment is required for maintenance once the effect of filler decreases.

Possible Side Effects – Botox Versus Dermal Fillers

Like all other medications, even Dermal Fillers and Botox carry some side effects. You will have to make your healthcare professional know about your medical history before being injected. Consider all the mentioned risks thoroughly.

Botox Side Effects and the Risk

In accordance with AAOS, Botox treatment is suggested only for healthy individuals to bring down any threat of side effects.

The effects of Botox are as follows.

  • Head pain
  • Irritation and redness in eyes
  • Drooping eyelids, that takes time to recover
  • Contusion at the injected site

Putting in the eye drops before being injected with Botox will bring down any possibility of side effects. You should even avoid medication for blood thinners some days before to avoid bruising.

Botox is not recommendable if you:

  • Have any form of neuromuscular disease
  • Have numerous sclerosis
  • Carry any skin problems, such as deep scars and thick skin
  • Have weaker face muscles
  • Are nursing or pregnant

Dermal Filler Risk and Side Effects

Dermal fillers have more chances of side effects and risk as compared to Botox. There is a rare possibility of an extreme side effect. The moderate side effect generally fades away in a week or two.

The side effects of Dermal Fillers are as follows:

  • Infection
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Itching
  • Bruise
  • Scars
  • Numbness
  • Sores
  • Redness

In extreme cases, swelling in the face might be there for the long term. Ice packs reduce the ongoing swelling and numbness. Do an allergy test before being injected with filler to avoid any side effects.

Dermal fillers may not be suitable for smokers. The Botox injection will give a better result and fewer side effects if there are no issues with your health.

Price, Availability, and Procedure

Botox and Dermal Fillers are available easily with a healthcare specialist. Before taking any of these injections in the healthcare specialist’s office, prior consultation is a must.

There is no insurance coverage for both of these procedures. Your healthcare provider will be in a position to provide you with various payments and financing options.

Botox

Botox Treatments are offered by a healthcare specialist who can treat any portion of your face. Many ophthalmologists and dermatologists recommend Botox treatments. The Botox treatment carries the advantage of safety and effectiveness for many individuals. It doesn’t require surgery and the recovery time is quick.

The cost of Botox treatment is quite affordable. The pricing depends upon which area of the face is getting treatment and where you are living. The number of injections used in Botox treatment is more than dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers

Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists administer Dermal Fillers treatment. But other healthcare specialists can also provide filler treatment. The cost of this treatment differs from fillers to fillers and the number of fillers used.

Final Words

The dermal fillers give a long-term solution, but being injected by dermal filler has many side effects, as compared to Botox. Always remember both of these treatments are for different issues and administered in different parts of your face. They can be put in use together also as complementary treatments to get the best results. Consult with your healthcare about the various options available to get the desired outcome.

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