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The Difference Between Botox And Face Fillers

June 24, 2020

Botox and Face fillers are both very commonly used in cosmetic treatments. Both of these are non-invasive procedures that are used on wrinkles and other signs of aging. Botox has a lot of similarities which it shares with face fillers. But the same can be said as the difference between Botox and face fillers are a lot as well. As a patient, you need to understand what you are getting into before you undergo these procedures.

Uses Of Botox and Face Fillers

Uses Of Botox

The main use of Botox is to treat facial wrinkles. Because the wrinkles appear naturally around the eyes, mouth, and between eyebrows as a sign of aging. So Botox injections are given to relax the muscles which help reduce the wrinkles around the area. Botox is not used if there is collagen involved due to fine lines.

Uses Of Face Fillers

Face Fillers main use is to treat wrinkles and lines on the face. Smile lines or scars on the face that appear due to collagen breakdown can be treated by using face fillers. Face Fillers plump up the lips or cheeks. They are used temporarily to cover up smile lines or scars anywhere on the face.

Efficacy Of Botox And Face Fillers

How Effective Is Botox?

Botox injections are popular because of the reason that there is no downtime after you receive Botox injections you can continue your daily activities as normal. You will likely see the effects within a week of taking the injection. The effects should last for about 3 or 4 months. As it is a non-invasive procedure it does not give you permanent results. You will need additional treatments to maintain the effects of it.

How Effective Are Face Fillers?

Face Fillers are likely used for a more longer and effective method than Botox. As the results vary based on what you used but could last for around 6 to 12 months. But similar to Botox you will need additional treatments to maintain the effects.

Side Effects Of Botox And Face Fillers

Botox and Face fillers are non-invasive procedures and are considered to be very safe. Because they require very little recovery time. However, with all procedures, they are risks and side effects.

What Are The Side Effects Of Botox?

Botox has very few side effects but those that occur are mostly due to poor injection technique. These side effects are:

  • Bruising near the injection site.
  • Droopy eyelid.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Headache.
  • Dry, red, or irritated eyes.

What Are The Side Effects Of Face Fillers?

Side effects of facial fillers are very mild and tend to go away within a few days. These side effects include:

  • allergic reaction
  • bruising
  • infection
  • itching
  • numbness
  • redness
  • scarring
  • sores

Cost And Availability For Botox And Face Fillers

Botox

These treatments are commonly available at most dermatologists as many people undergo this treatment. Botox injections are very safe and most people don’t require recovery time. Compared to face fillers Botox is more affordable. As each session of Botox costs around $500 depending on the area being treated and the area, you live in. However, you will require more injections than face fillers.

Face Fillers

Most dermatologists and plastic surgeons hold face fillers it might be tougher to find. Though they are administered by healthcare providers as well. The cost varies on what type of face filler you use and where you use it. Below are a few of those listings.

  • calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse): $687
  • collagen: $1,930
  • hyaluronic acid: $644
  • poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, Sculptra Aesthetic): $773
  • polymethylmethacrylate beads: $859

Procedure For Botox And Face Fillers

Botox procedure

Botox procedure is very simple as it does not involve many steps. A tiny needle is used to inject Botox in the area where the wrinkles are present. So no anesthesia is needed in this process. The whole process takes around 10 to 15 minutes to complete. There is no recovery time for this procedure so you can continue with your daily life. You will start to see the effects within a week of the procedure.

Face Fillers procedure

Face Fillers procedure may sometimes involve using anesthesia. These procedures take around 15 to 30 minutes on average depending on the place being treated. Though you should stop taking any pain relievers for a week as it could affect the procedure. Pain relievers could cause rashes and redness around your face. Face fillers are temporary but the effects should be visible soon.

Conclusion

Both Face Fillers and Botox are used for slightly different reasons. Though comparing them each of them has its benefits. As face fillers produce more long term results but carry more side effects than Botox. So you should choose what best fits your needs based on the information available to you.

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