As the world is increasingly becoming virtual, most of us are spending time in front of screens, often analysing every line and wrinkle in our reflection. Despite a vast array of anti-ageing products available in the market, facial injectables are increasingly becoming the popular choice for quick and long-term results. Botox and fillers are two of the most common injectable wrinkle relaxers, but how do you decide which one is the right option for you?
Botox or botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyses the muscles, due to which the pulling and wrinkling of the overlying skin is reduced. Botox contains purified bacteria that freezes muscles and minimises the appearance of wrinkles and lines that are caused by facial expressions. It blocks the nerve signals in the muscles where injected, and without the movement of these muscles, wrinkles are softened, reduced, and at times removed. At En Vogue, we use Allergan Botox and Dysport.
Compared to botox, fillers are injectable gels that add volume to the skin where it has sunken, giving a plumper look. Some fillers last for 6 months, while others can last for two years or more. There are mainly two types of fillers, those made from calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) and those made from hyaluronic acid (HA). It is essential to consult a professional who can guide you in understanding what is ideal for you. At EnVogue, we use Allergan Juvederm and Restylane.
The main difference between botox and fillers is that botox relaxes the movement of the muscle and the lines or wrinkles that form as a result of it. In comparison, fillers replace volume to correct the creases, folds, and grooves that are present in the skin when the face is relaxed.
What does Botox correct?
Botox works on your expression lines or dynamic wrinkles that are caused due to muscle movement. They are mostly used to treat the lines on the upper face between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead and crow’s feet surrounding the eyes. It is important to remember that botox doesn’t work on wrinkles or fine lines caused by sagging, also known as static wrinkles. If you want continued wrinkle-reducing effects, remember that repeated treatments will be required as it isn’t a permanent treatment.
What do Fillers correct?
Fillers are used to treat varying signs of ageing. Depending on the requirement of the client and the filler they choose, the results may include plumping up thinning lips, enhancing shallow areas of the face, softening the look of recessed scars, filling in static wrinkles, and removing or decreasing under-eye wrinkles.
Irrespective of whether you decide to go ahead with botox or fillers, it is necessary to get the procedure done by a board-certified dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, or plastic surgeon so that it is done safely.