Botox VS Filler
Botox and filler are without doubt the most popular injectable’s in the cosmetic industry at the moment. Both have their unique advantages and selecting the right option for you is essential in ensuring you achieve your cosmetic goals. We enlisted the help of our consultant plastic surgeon, Mr Niall McInerney to outline the differences between Botox and filler and the best use for each.
What is Botox?
Firstly, Botox is simply the brand name for a botulinum neurotoxin. We at MedAesthetics use Botox however other popular brands of botulinum neurotoxin include Dysport and Xeomin. Botulinum toxin is considered safe and effective for reduction of facial wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is injected under the skin to relax the muscles and diminish fine lines and wrinkles resulting in smoother, younger looking skin.
Botox is the most common injectable to treat aging skin. Botox freezes specific muscles in the face to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to smooth wrinkles and fine lines that have already formed to create a more youthful look.
Botox is commonly used in areas in areas of facial expression such as the forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet.
Facial Slimming and TMJ
Botox can also be used in the masseter muscle which is along the jawline. Injecting Botox into the masseter muscle can ease tension often caused by clenching and grinding.
By injecting into this area we can temporarily paralyse the muscle this in turn can help to manage teeth grinding, reduce tension and clenching resulting in less headaches.
This also helps to slim the face and create a more feminine face shape.
Botox can also be used to reduce excessive sweating. Botox injections use botulinum toxin to block the nerve signals responsible for sweating, stopping the sweat glands from over-producing sweat. This is commonly used to treat excessive sweating under the armpits.
Treating a gummy smile
Botox can be extremely effective in treating a gummy smile and creating the appearance of a fuller lip. A gummy smile is apparent in those who when they smile show a large portion of their gums. By inserting Botox above the lips this can help balance the lips to reveal less gum tissues and rebalance the ratio of gum-to-teeth. This is often used in combination with lip filler to create a fuller more balanced lip shape.
How long does Botox last?
The longevity of Botox varies from patient to patient. Most patients will find that results last between 3 to 6 months. Having regular Botox treatments can affect how long the results lasts. Generally, you will require fewer Botox treatments over time to get the same effect. Lines and wrinkles can often appear less severe with frequent top ups because the muscles are shrinking.
What is Filler?
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected under the skins surface to add volume and fullness in order to shape the face and add volume to areas that are sunken or hollow. The type of filler that is used is dependent on the area that it is to be used on. The most popular types of filler are Hyaluronic acid filler and Poly-L-lactic Acid.
Where is filler used?
Filler can be used in multiple different areas to provide a range of benefits such as restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, enhance facial contours and shape the face.
The lips are one of the most popular areas to be treated cosmetically with filler. The filler that is usually used in the lips is hyalauronic acid filler. Here in at Med Aesthetics we use Juvéderm® , a type of hyalauronic acid filler , which is thought to be the best injectable to be used in the lips. Juvéderm® provides fullness, definition, and shape to the lips.
Under eye filler or tear trough filler is filler that is injected underneath the eyes to correct sunken or hollow under eye bags that are creating a tired appearance. Injecting filler in this area creates a plumper smoother look under the eye which minimises shadows below the eye creating a brighter more youthful look.
Many of our clients at MedAesthetics are interested in reshaping their nose but are unwilling to have rhinoplasty due to the cost and surgical down time. Using filler is an excellent alternative and can provide amazing results in reshaping the nose. This treatment can restore balance to the nose and improve the patient’s side profile with minimal downtime and leaves no scars.
Filler is used in the cheeks to raise the volume of the area in the cheekbones. This provides the illusion of a more defined bone structure and creates a more contoured look to the face. Cheek filler can also help in smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines in the cheek area.
Smile lines and Marionette lines
Smile lines and marionette lines are the fine lines and creases around the mouth area. The lines can deepen with age and create an older looking appearance. Filler can be injected into this area to create a smoother looking appearance that creates a more youthful look to the face without affecting the movement of the face.
How long does Filler last?
The longevity of a dermal filler depends on several factors, including what type of filler is injected, the area it is injected into, and the patient’s individual metabolism. Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to offer more immediate results, but they don’t usually last more than a year.
Other fillers, like Sculptra and Bellafill, offer more gradual results that can last longer. We work with patients to select the best fillers for their cosmetic needs, and we often inject a combination of fillers for optimal results.