Confused about Botox and fillers? From the real difference between them and how long they last, to whether lip fillers are right for you, we sat down with PHI Clinic cosmetic surgeon Dr Benji Dhillon to get the low down…
Botox & Fillers Are Completely Different
Although both injectables, they’re two very different things. Botox relaxes muscles and is primarily used to reduce wrinkles caused by intense facial expressions. Areas such as in between the eyes (the frown lines) are the perfect place for Botox because those wrinkles are caused by continuous muscle movement. Fillers, on the other hand, add volume to lift the face and can smooth targeted folds and wrinkles such as marionette lines. Fillers can also be used to add volume to the lips and structure to the face.
It’s All About Baby Botox
Havin small amounts of Botox – known as ‘baby Botox’ – is the future of the Botox world and the key to a natural result. Baby Botox involves injecting tiny doses of Botox to soften lines and wrinkles without restricting movement and expression. It can be focused in the usual areas where you would have traditional Botox – the frown lines, forehead and crow’s feet – but can also be used in multiple areas to give the whole face a subtle lift.
Botox Can Prevent Wrinkles
By stopping certain muscles from actively engaging, Botox can help prevent further wrinkles forming. It’s also worth noting that when the effects of your Botox wear off (this can be anything from three to 12 months, depending on your metabolism), your skin won’t be any worse than it was prior to treatment – sort of like freezing time.
Botox Isn’t Just For Fine Lines
Botox can genuinely change people’s lives – it's been used for years outside of cosmetic medicine to treat people with nerve damage and excessive bodily sweating.
Fair Skin May Benefit From Botox Sooner
Those with fair skin often wrinkle quicker, as the less melanin skin has, the thinner it tends to be. In such cases, Botox can help to soften fine lines. Additionally, if you spend a lot of time in the sun, it may be worth using a little Botox to help stop you from frowning or squinting, which we often do when it’s sunny.
Fillers Can Be Subtle
If you’re one of the many women who hear the word ‘filler’ and think overdone cheekbones and huge lips, then it’s time to reconsider. When done right, fillers – most of which are made of hyaluronic acid, an element that’s already in the skin – are a minimally invasive, totally reversible way to restore lost volume in the face. Along with adding volume to lips and cheeks, they can also sculp and lift the jawline and chin, fill out under-eye hollows and improve the profile of flattened noses.
There’s Little Down-Time
Both Botox and fillers can cause a very minor amount of redness, but this tends to fade a couple of hours post-treatment. You’re more likely to bruise after fillers as the material is thicker and the needle is injected deeper into skin but, in the right hands, neither treatment will cause significant pain and there’s no downtime – just avoid wearing make-up or doing strenuous exercise for 12 hours afterwards.
Be Wary Of Touching The Lips
Lip fillers are becoming increasingly popular, but be sure to choose your doctor wisely. Unless done by a trusted professional, lip fillers can alter the proportions of the face and look unnatural. Technique also plays a major role when it comes to good lip fillers so seek out the best practitioner if this is something you’re keen to do.
Costs Vary Widely
Everywhere seems to be offering cosmetic treatments these days, so do your research to make sure your salon and practitioner are reputable. Check their reviews and price list – costs should start from around £150 for one area, and can go up to £500 if fillers are involved. Make sure the clinic you choose is accessible in case any corrections need to be made; mobile clinics may be hard to track down following your appointment.
Botox Could Make You Happier
A recent US study found that because Botox doesn’t allow you to physically frown when unhappy, you experience fewer negative feelings. Without Botox, your brain would normally signal your forehead to frown, but as the connection gets disrupted, the intensity of the feeling and your ability to comprehend it also lessens. In short, Botox could make you happier.
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