Did you know that in Roman times, crocodile dung or swan fat were the go-to wrinkle busters? Or that as recently as the 1930s, radium was used in beauty products to beat those wrinkles? Hopefully this makes you a little bit appreciative of the many cosmetic answers to wrinkles that we enjoy today! While it’s unlikely that you’ll be putting anything dangerous into or onto your face, the variety of options for reducing wrinkles and smoothing skin can be confusing for a newcomer. The biggest question for many is trying to figure out Botox vs. fillers – which is the best to use in each case? Here, we’ll help you demystify them, and let you decide if its time to start looking for dermal fillers in Toronto.
What are the differences between Botox vs. fillers?
Before you can decide which is the best option for you in any given situation, it’s important that you understand the difference between Botox and dermal fillers. We’ll start with Botox.
The term “Botox” actually refers to a specific brand – though it’s such a popular brand that it’s started to become something of a generic trademark. What people are generally talking about when they say “Botox” is a range of neurotoxins used as muscle relaxers. There’s a tendency for people to get nervous when they hear the term “neurotoxin”. But all of the government approved variations on this idea are perfectly safe for human use. Their purpose is to temporarily weaken your muscles in certain areas of your face. As the muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles that are caused by those tensed muscles tend to disappear. Botox and similar products will tend to last for three to four months before their effects wear off.
Dermal fillers are also a wide family of products, generally made either from Hyaluronic acid or calcium. Yes, acid does sound just as frightening as neurotoxins. But you should know that Hyaluronic acid is naturally made in your body and is perfectly safe to use. Fillers, like the name suggests, are designed to add something to your body. Whatever the liquid is, it’s injected into your face under the skin with the intention of filling out areas that have become wrinkled or sunken. These products naturally and safely dissolve into the body over time. How long these injectables last varies immensely depending on the type, but you can generally expect at least 6-8 months before they might need a replacement.
So which do I need?
There’s no real better option between the two – it’s more important to understand which is the best solution for what you need. Some wrinkles can be tackled fine through the use of muscle relaxants, while others will need fillers to fully erase. Botox and related products are good for areas where the muscles tend to tense up. It’s for this reason that they’re often popular to help relieve tension around the eyes, to reduce the effect of things like crows feet, and the wrinkles between the eyebrows. While Botox and similar muscle relaxants are often used on the upper area of the face, they’re also good for frown lines.
Fillers, meanwhile, are more often used in the lower area of the face. Popular places include the cheeks, mouth and under the eyes. Fillers are also able to be used on the lips to give them a plumper appearance. In fact, since fillers and muscle relaxants use different ingredients, in many cases you can use them at the same time.
Get dermal fillers in Newmarket with PSSC
At PSSC, we’re proud to call ourselves experts in dermal fillers. We’re dedicated to making sure that you get the safest, smoothest and most sanitary experience possible. This way, you can worry less about the procedure, and worry more about looking refreshed and youthful. If quick and easy solutions to wrinkles (no crocodile dung required) sounds like your thing, then don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re always happy to answer questions and you can book a consultation right now.