Botox Injectables vs. Soft Tissue Fillers: the low-down
Botox Injectable and soft tissue fillers are both popular cosmetic treatments administered through injections. They are minimally invasive, do not involve surgery, and work to target wrinkles, folds, and drooping skin, giving patients a more youthful, rejuvenated overall appearance. Both are long-term, but neither is permanent. Regardless of which treatment patients choose to undergo at SpaMedica in Toronto, they are sure to benefit from Dr. Mulholland’s 20+ years of expert injectables experience.
Botox Injectable is a purified form of the botulinum toxin obtained from bacteria. It works exclusively on wrinkles caused by muscle movement, AKA dynamic wrinkles, or “expression lines.” Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. Once interrupted, the affected muscles are temporarily paralyzed, or frozen. Without movement of these select facial muscles, certain wrinkles are softened, reduced, or even eliminated. The most common wrinkles that Botox Injectables can treat are lines on the upper face between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines are all caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, and other common repeat facial expressions.
The full effect of your Botox Injectable occurs up to 6 days after the fact, at which time most patients begin to see a very significant softening and smoothing out of their undesirable lines and wrinkles and significant lifting of the overlying soft tissue. Most find that the muscle-relaxing effect of Botox lasts 3-4 months. There is very little discomfort, and, in most circumstances, minimal to no bruising. You can apply makeup afterwards and return to most regular activities right away.
Soft tissue fillers, AKA dermal fillers, are substances injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness, and contain ingredients that plump up thinning areas that are losing volume due to the natural aging process. Hyaluronic acid is a substance often found in soft tissue fillers, and is also found in some fluids and tissues in the body which help add plumpness to the skin. The thinning that fillers work to address is most common in the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth. They are highly effective at plumping up thin lips, enhancing or filling in shallow areas, diminishing shadows or wrinkles under your eyes, filling in or softening scars, or reducing static wrinkles on the lower face.
Soft tissue fillers take immediate effect. There is often 2-7 days of mild swelling and bruising post procedure. Since the most common fillers (Juvederm and Restylane) are made of simple sugar gel, your body will break it down very slowly over a 12-18 month period. Soft tissue fillers happen to have a very low risk level, with nearly no side effects. As long as you follow your post-care instructions, you should heal in a matter of days. Some fillers last 6 months, while others last up to 3 years. Different types of fillers are designed to treat different signs of aging.
Because Botox Injectables and soft tissue fillers are different substances designed to address issues with different root causes, they can at times be combined in one treatment to treat your specific combination of concerns. Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto today to find out more and determine what course of treatment is best for you!