Interested in Botox and dermal fillers? Not sure what’s out there – or what’s right for you? Then you’re in the right place. Today, our experts at Rebecca Taylor Aesthetics will talk you through the differences and similarities between these two popular treatments, as well as what’s involved in each procedure and how to book a consultation here in Suffolk.
So, what’s the difference?
It all stems from what Botox and dermal fillers are made of. Botox is a substance that uses a purified protein to ”freeze” the muscles linked to your facial expressions, as these are what cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear on your skin. Dermal fillers help to plump treated areas, ideal for loss of volume in the skin and deeper-set lines and wrinkles. The substance used in dermal fillers is also highly hydrating and is naturally present in the cells of the body.
How does the treatment work?
Botox effectively relaxes the muscles in the treated areas. It does this by blocking the signals from nerve to muscle. This reduces movement and so softens (or temporarily reverses) the wrinkle. Dermal fillers add plumping hyaluronic acid to the skin to create a fuller appearance.
What about treatable areas?
Botox is recommended for the expressive areas of the face that experience wrinkles developing, like the forehead, eye area, and brows. Dermal fillers can be used for cheeks, tear troughs, around the mouth, and even the nose.
Any medical uses?
Yes, Botox has some medical uses, from teeth grinding and migraine treatment to weak bladder syndrome and excessive sweating. Dermal filler only has aesthetic uses, but treatment does vary as it can also be used as a lip filler.
How’s the pain?
Relatively low – it’s just a needle! But, we can use a numbing agent for extra comfort. Afterwards, you may experience some slight swelling, redness and bruising, and the area might feel tender. But, this is to be expected after any treatment with a needle.
When should I start treatment?
The sooner the better. With Botox, you can either treat existing wrinkles or prevent wrinkles from forming, since it works on those formed by expressions and movement. For dermal fillers, you might not be able to use treatment preventatively, but you can help enhance your appearance and results typically last up to 18 months. Our treatments are suitable for most men and women over 18.
Have any queries or concerns about the treatments discussed in today’s blog? Or are Botox or Dermal fillers tickling your fancy? Get in touch today via our contact page, call us on 01638 664782 or book online and our team in Suffolk will be delighted to help.