When choosing between filler or botox, many patients feel overwhelmed by the choices. Whether you are an anti-ageing aficionado or a needle novice, we can help guide you through the steps.
While filler and botox can produce similar results, they are very distinct services and should never be confused with one another. Botox and fillers will both help make you look younger, but there are some distinct differences in how they achieve this.
In this article, we will explore the differences between filler and Botox and how you can combine treatments to achieve the best results.
How do Botox and fillers work?
Botox is a toxin that temporarily paralyses the muscles in the face. When the muscles relax, fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother. Botox is commonly used to treat wrinkles and hide the common signs of ageing.
Dermal fillers add volume to your face, often using a substance called hyaluronic acid. This substance is found naturally in the body, so it’s very safe to use. It can hold up to 1000x its volume in water. When injected into the skin, it attracts water and creates a plumped-up appearance. Fillers are commonly used to restore volume and conceal wrinkles. They can also be used to create fuller cheeks, lips and refine the shape of the nose.
What makes you look younger? Fillers or Botox?
Both fillers and Botox can help make you appear younger. How well these injections perform will depend on the skill of the person holding the needle. For fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is often the best solution to help smooth the skin surface. For deep-set wrinkles, such as the nasolabial folds, dermal filler can be more effective. Filler is also excellent for plumping the lips, cheeks, and tear troughs.
Which is better: Botox or fillers?
Both have benefits, so the decision comes down to what you are hoping to achieve. For simple line reduction and smoother skin, Botox or fillers are ideal. If you want to sculpt your face and restore fullness, this can only be achieved with fillers.
Before choosing between filler or Botox, book a consultation to discuss your concerns with our experts. They will advise you on the best options to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. In many cases, a combination of filler and Botox is required to conceal wrinkles and restore fullness.
Do fillers last longer than Botox?
If you are looking for longevity, fillers often last longer than Botox, but this isn’t guaranteed. Once injected into the face, your body will begin to break down and remove the filler. Everyone processes this at a different rate. While some people can enjoy their fillers for up to 18 months, others may notice they start to lose volume after just 6 months. The location of the filler placement will also impact the time taken to break down the filler material. Botox injections will typically last 3-4 months. There are ways you can make Botox last longer.
Should you get Botox or fillers first?
If you choose to have fillers and Botox, it makes sense to have Botox first. The Botox will relax the muscles in your face and create a smoother skin surface. This may be sufficient alone, so it makes sense to wait until you see the final results. Botox takes around two weeks for the final results to show. After this time, you can decide if you still need to restore volume, or if the Botox provided enough of an anti-ageing boost.
If you’re on the fence between filler or Botox, get in touch with Sloan Dental today. We can provide a safe and sterile environment with highly skilled aestheticians. Remember that dentists are trained to understand the bone and muscle structure of the face. We also provide a discreet and non-judgemental environment for your facial aesthetic treatments.