Although Botox and dermal fillers perform basically the same function and provide similar results, the difference is in how they work. Botox uses a serum made from a neurotoxin that essentially paralyzes the muscles, allowing them to relax and smooth out unwanted wrinkles and lines. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, work by increasing the amount of collagen and elastin fibers produced by the body. While both smooth out wrinkles and lines, dermal fillers tend to last longer. Botox is ideal for individuals who want to add volume to their lips or fill in hollows that form as fatty deposits and soft tissues start to disappear.
Botox injections produce results that last anywhere from three to six months, depending on the integrity of the tissues being treated. Dermal fillers can last six to twelve months. Dermal fillers last longer because they change the structure and integrity of the tissues. Both forms of injectables build on the effects of previous treatments. If the next treatment is received before the full effect of the previous treatment disappears, the results will be extended without any basic change in texture or tone of the skin and tissues being treated. As a result, individuals who receive treatments on a regular basis will enjoy longer-lasting results with vibrant, youthful-looking skin.
Botox and dermal fillers offer a variety of benefits with very few side effects. The possible risks include swelling and inflammation at the injection site, along with warmth and a slight reddish tint to the skin. The area being treated may begin to tingle and tighten, as well. The mild discomfort felt at the injection site will normally begin to disappear within a few hours of the treatment. Any discomfort felt within the treatment area itself may take slightly longer to dissipate, but should be completely gone within a few days of the treatment. Neither type of treatment requires an extensive recovery period, and patients can resume regular activities within a few hours.
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