When looking to treat wrinkles, fillers and Botox are two of the more common methods that get employed. Although both approaches involve facial injections to prevent wrinkles, the two treatments work in different ways and are best employed for different types of wrinkles. Comparing Botox with fillers, therefore, is best done by looking at how they treat your skin, and why they are used.
A Quick Aside About Wrinkles
Broadly speaking, wrinkles come in two forms. First, there are “static” wrinkles, which are present when at rest and are caused by the way the skin changes over time as we age and in response to environmental factors like sun exposure. Second, there are “dynamic” wrinkles which form in response to, or are made deeper by, repetitive movement of the face. Laugh lines are a good example of this, as are lines around the eyebrows and crow’s feet.
Botox is a paralytic compound made from tiny amounts of botulinum toxin. Botox injections are delivered to the facial muscles in order to paralyze them and restrict movement. Due to this, Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles. With the relevant facial muscle inhibited, the wrinkles will be unable to worsen or develop. In this manner, Botox can be both a preventive and responsive treatment. It is preventive in the sense that it can be used ahead of time to stop dynamic wrinkles from appearing, and responsive since it can be used after-the-fact to prevent existing wrinkles from worsening. It can take up to five days for a Botox treatment to take full effect, and treatments are usually focused on the upper areas of the face.
Wrinkle filler treatments are a bit more self-explanatory. Static wrinkles in the skin are often the result of a loss of underlying volume. Fillers, as the name suggests, are use to restore this volume and “plump up” the skin. With the skin returned to its former shapeliness, the wrinkle will become de-emphasized and lessen or fade. Dermal fillers for the face are most often used on the lower areas, like the nasolabial area or around the cheekbones. There are different types of fillers that can be used during treatment but the most commonly used fillers are collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyl apatite, or polylactic acid.
Which Treatment is Best?
This is the part where, normally, the pros and cons are listed and we might discuss things like the cost of botox over fillers or vice-versa. However, the two treatments are used for different purposes, so that sort of comparison would be wildly uninformative.
The key thing to keep in mind is that Botox and fillers have their own roles to play, and the one that gets recommended will often depend on the actual wrinkle involved. Does it worsen with certain facial movements? Botox. Does it appear even when the face is at rest? Fillers. In some cases, you can have a wrinkle that both worsens with movement and is present even when the face is at rest. In these instances, a combination of Botox and fillers would be appropriate.
Get Botox and Filler Treatments at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about how to pursue Botox and/or wrinkle fillers and we strive to provide the best injection treatments in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by email at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skin care specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.