Botox Edmonton | All About Dermal Fillers and Botox
Once you start researching about how to look younger without undergoing an invasive treatment you will find different options that will get the job done nicely. However, this is also when it starts to get confusing on which route to take to achieve the results you are desiring. Feeling and looking more youthful does not mean you need to spend exorbitant amounts of money or time recovering. Deciding factors might be that you are looking for something to reduce lines and wrinkles or just fill out the hollowness of the face.
Some Issues to address
You may also want to address uneven tone or texture. All these concerns are addressed at Edmonton Dermatology. If you have a small budget or limited amounts of recovery time, we have a solution for you. Once you see the benefits of what we offer you can always add more diverse treatments later when the budget and time allow.
A few of the entry level anti-aging treatments that many of our clients start with are Botox and dermal fillers. You can find more information about each of these procedures as you read further. Hopefully, you conclude by understanding the differences between them and how they can help you achieve your healthiest and most youthful skin. As we age and sun damages our skin, we start to see a decline in the health and appearance of the skin.
Many procedures offered
The procedures we offer at Edmonton Dermatology, whether medical or cosmetic, will help you improve your skin’s health, quality, and beauty in as little as one treatment. The biggest differences between Botox and dermal fillers are what they are made of and what function they provide in an anti-aging skincare treatment plan.
Botox suppresses the movement of muscles under the skin’s layers. Dermal Fillers add volume to the skin’s layers. An in-depth look at each of these will help you decide which treatment suits your needs or if both are best. The remarkable thing about these injectables is that they were work perfectly in tandem. You can come in for a lunch appointment and be done and back to work before lunch break is over, all depending on how many injections you have applied.
Botox is injected into the muscle at the cellular junction level. It is a protein derived from Botulinum Toxin. This toxin stops the muscles from moving by blocking the receptors from sending messages to the muscles. This helps the muscles relax causing your face to sit smoother and the lines and wrinkles all but disappear. It takes about 2 weeks for the full effect of Botox to peak.
Some Botox information
After this time, every week the nerve cells break down the Botox molecules increasingly until it is all metabolized by the body. If you are a fast metabolizer this process completes earlier. Typically, most clients see this conclude by three to four months. Once your body has rid itself of Botox you will need to redo your Botox treatment to keep the desired effect. It is not permanent.
Botox is used to stop the lines and creases from forming on your skin’s surface. It targets the muscles and suppresses their movement. Three common areas treated with Botox are the horizontal lines running along the forehead, the vertical lines that run between the eyebrows, commonly referred to as the elevens, and the lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet or smile lines. There are other creative areas on the face that Botox is applied to give you a more youthful look. We will dive into that in another article.
Botox Edmonton | All About Dermal Fillers and Botox
Botox is mildly uncomfortable when injected. You will feel the prick to the skin and that is all. You may have redness or raised bumps as a result. This is not the Botox but rather the result of the needle poking your skin. Some clients have minor bleeding or bruising as well. These are all common reactions and are nothing to be concerned about. You do not feel the Botox going in.
Dermal Fillers are used to help fill in the areas on your face or more specifically the skin’s third layer the fat cells. Three common places filled are the cheeks, cheekbones, and temples. The most superficial area is of course the lips. As we age, we lose the fat cells of our third layer of skin and therefore start to see a more hollowed look to our face’s appearance. We not only lose the fat cells, but the one’s left can also become weak and lose their content. This causes a problem for the other two layers of the skin, the epidermis and dermis.
Main differences between both
Without the fat cells in place, they have nothing to hold onto to keep the plump, youthful look, and shape of the face. This is where dermal fillers comes to the rescue. It is injected into the places where fat cells used to be, filling them out. This will have a plumping effect.
Dermal Fillers is comprised of something our bodies already have, Hyaluronic Acid. This is the molecule found around our collagen and it is water loving. It not only attracts water but allows the collagen to feed from it making it stronger. The filler or Hyaluronic Acid attracts water and other nutrients that help plump up the face and give the skin a bright glow after treatment.
Filler is not permanent and lasts short term much like Botox. It is also not systemic but has a localized effect just like Botox. The same redness and raised bump from the needle poking the skin is likely to accompany the injections so it is no different in that way than Botox. However, it is felt when the dermal fillers is pushed into the skin and that makes for more discomfort compared to Botox, this is subjective and anecdotal information, but it is commonly felt among many patients.
Many people wonder if fillers lasts forever and unfortunately like Botox it does not. It must be redone to keep the look you achieve. The good news is that it lasts longer than Botox by up to eight months longer depending on where you have it administered. Around the temple and jaw line dermal fillers can last for 12 months whereas around the mouth and nose it may last for 6 months.