Fillers and injectables are becoming extremely popular forms of cosmetic treatments as people from all races, genders, and cultures seek to maintain a more youthful appearance.
Many see these treatments as effective and accessible ways to maintain their looks without having to undergo cosmetic surgery. This has made these treatments so popular that they accounted for over 80% of all cosmetic procedures performed in 2011 across North America.
Unsurprisingly, this trend is likely to continue.
Unfortunately, despite the continually rising popularity of fillers and injectables, there are still many patients and potential patients out there who don’t really understand the differences between these cosmetic treatments and how they are best used. It’s not uncommon for cosmetic doctors to have patients come in requested Botox when what they actually need is a filler.
To figure out which product is more applicable to your desired results, it’s helpful to know how they both work and what they can do for your skin.
Injectables / Botox
The most widely recognized form of injectable is Botox, a neuromuscular toxin which is used to “freeze” the muscles that cause frown and laugh lines. It’s best used for lines and wrinkles that have been recently formed, and can also help to prevent the formation of new lines.
The freezing effect of Botox does not affect the ability of the patient to display emotions and make natural facial expressions, but it does make subtle changes that prevent the formation of wrinkles and lines due to the movement of facial muscles.
In simple terms, Botox can be used to soften frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles between the eyebrows.
For other areas of the face, injectables are not usually recommended in favour of fillers.
Used to offset deep wrinkles or add volume to areas of the face that have lost significant fat, there are many different kinds of fillers that can be used depending on the degree of filling required and the desired effect.
Fillers can also be used to alter the appearance of soft tissues, such as injecting them into the lips to create a fuller pout. Less expensive than a face lift, fillers can be used to create dramatic results.
How to Choose
In many cases your plastic surgeon or cosmetic consultant will be the best person to help you figure out which procedure you really need. Generally it depends upon the area of the face that you want to treat and the degree of wrinkles present in that area.
If you’re unsure of which procedure you’re in need of, contact Fairview Cosmetic Surgery for a consultation today! Our experts will be able to assess your individual needs and offer treatment that will help rejuvenate your look.
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