A person lying down receiving an injection

How does Botox revitalize your face?

Botox injection treatments revitalize the face by improving the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, particularly those in the upper area of the face. Botox targets the underlying muscles in the skin that cause wrinkles to appear, which can also help to not only lessen their appearance but prevent them from forming in the first place (if treated early enough) or stop them from getting worse.

How do facial fillers revitalize your face?

Facial fillers revitalize the face by adding hydration and other nutrients that the skin slows production of as the body ages. This influx of ingredients not only adds volume in the skin for a more youthful appearance, it also helps to stimulate cellular function, so the skin can regain its health and radiance.



What is Botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Though Clostridium botulinum can be incredibly toxic, botulinum toxin can be purified and produced for medical and commercial use. There are 8 types of botulinum toxin (types A through H), and type A and type B are both able to be produced for human use. When injected into a muscle, this neurotoxin effectively paralyzes the muscle by blocking neurotransmitters and halting signaling between nerves and the brain that cause muscle contractions. Botulinum toxin type A is better known by the brand id Botox.


What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule within the skin that is responsible for retaining moisture and assisting in optimal cell functionality. Like many other substances within the skin, hyaluronic acid production slows as the skin ages. When this occurs, the skin appears dry and loses volume, resulting in the formation of lines and wrinkles, and even sagginess in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient in many popular dermal fillers.


How long does it take for Botox to work?

Every patient will react different to Botox injections. However, Botox typically begins to take effect within a few days of injection, with peak results taking place about a week after injections have taken place. This delay in visible effects is due to the fact that the neurotoxin first binds onto the nerves before entering the cell and triggering the relaxation of the muscles.


How long do it take for dermal fillers to work?

As opposed to Botox, most dermal fillers work instantly upon injection. As hyaluronic acid is reintroduced into the dermis, it binds onto water and is able to hold onto 1,000 times its weight in moisture. This offering instant hydration and plumping effects. Depending on the filler and the active ingredients included in the formulation, effects may continue to improve in the days or weeks following treatment as production of proteins such as collagen and elastin may be stimulated by the filler.


How long does Botox last?

The duration of the effects will vary by patient depending on a number of factors including the lifestyle and age of the individual, as well as the injection technique used and the area being treated. However, on average, Botox injections last anywhere between 3 to 6 months. Patients may receive follow up treatments no more frequently than every 3 months.


How long do dermal fillers last?

Dermal fillers have a much larger range of duration depending on the filler used and the construction of the ingredients of the filler solution. Just as with Botox injection, the duration of effects with dermal filler injections will vary by patients. However, depending on the filler, results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.


How much does Botox cost?

Botox is usually priced in 2 different ways, either by unit or by area. The cost of Botox treatment can vary, but the average cost of one treatment sessions is approximately $330. However, cost can range anywhere between $400 to $800 depending on a number of factors, including the condition of the skin, the areas being treated, and the amount of Botox required.


How much do dermal fillers cost?

Dermal fillers also have a large range of costs and the price of treatment will depend on how many areas are being treated and how much filler gel must be used to attain the desired results. Restylane and Juvederm, the most popular dermal filler brands, range in price anywhere from $500 to $1,300 per 1ml syringe, and the amount of filler required will also depend on the severity of correction.


Is Botox painful?

The needle used during Botox injections is very small, meaning pain is usually tolerable. Many patients say it simply feels like a tiny pinprick, though a topical anesthetic may be applied prior to injection in order to numb the treatment area for patients who are nervous about pain during treatment. Some pain may linger at the injection site following treatment.


Are dermal fillers painful?

Similar to Botox injection, the needles used for dermal fillers are also typically very small, so minimal pain is experienced. An anesthetic may be administered prior to injection in order to minimize pain, though many dermal fillers also come with anesthetics included in the filler ingredients in order to increase comfort during injection.


What are the side effects of Botox?

Side effects of Botox may include:

  • Bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site;
  • Headache;
  • Neck or back pain, muscle stiffness;
  • Nausea;
  • Stomach pain;
  • Flu-like symptoms.

Very rare side effects may include difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing. If these occur, medical attention must be sought immediately. Just as results take a few days to appear, side effects may also occur hours after injection or a couple weeks after.


What are side effects of dermal fillers?

Side effects of dermal fillers include:

  • Swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection site;
  • Skin discoloration;
  • Tiny bumps under the skin.

Very rarely, allergic reactions or hypersensitivity may occur. Side effects will usually appear immediately following or shortly after injection and will resolves themselves within a few days to a week.


Botox vs Restylane vs Juvederm

Comparison chart

Botox

Restylane

Juvederm

Botulinum toxin

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid

Delayed results (3 to 7 days)

Immediate results

Immediate results

Lasts 3 to 6 months

Lasts 6 to 9 months

Lasts 6 months to 9 months

Glabellar lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines

Face, neck, decolletage, and hands, depending on filler used

Face, neck, decolletage, and hands, depending on filler used

Intramuscular injection

Intradermal injection

Intradermal injection


What else you need to know about filler treatments

Botox and dermal filler injections are 2 of the safest and most popular non-surgical treatments for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Both injections should only be performed by licensed, skilled health-care professionals, and your medical history should be discussed with these professionals prior to treatment. Though you may have a preference as to which treatment type you would like, a professional will be able to assess which treatment will provide the best results. Treatment sessions with Botox and dermal fillers both last approximately 20 minutes, depending on the area being treated.


Conclusion

Botox and dermal filler injections are a quick, non-invasive anti-aging treatment that will allow you to get back to your daily life with little to no downtime. They are proven to be safe and effective, and will provide you with long-lasting effects that will help you feel more confident and beautiful. Speak to a medical professional today about which treatment is right for you.


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