Publish 31 March 2022
By Kevin RR Williams
You look marvelous for your age. How is it that you appear ten years younger than your peers? It only takes one compliment to get hooked on facial injectables. How do they work and what is the difference between them?
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) is one of the few crossover drugs now in use for aesthetic enhancement. It began as a targeted muscle treatment for strabismus and blepharospasm. It is now a popular injectable solution to relax muscles near wrinkles.
The downside is less natural facial expressions. People tend to speak like they are trying to prevent a facial clay mask from cracking.
Dulling large facial muscles would impair speaking nasal function. So the primary use of Botox is to reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and between eyebrows. Results are instantaneous, but require touchups.
- Bruises at the site of injection
- Drooping eyelids for several weeks
- Eye redness and irritation
The average cost for Botox injections is $500.
For plumping up lips or reducing deep smile lines, doctors use dermal fillers. These include calcium hydroxyapatite, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and poly-L-lactic acid—lasting from 6 to 19 months. Polymethylmethacrylate beads is the only permanent filler.
Dermal Filler Risks
- Allergic reaction
The average cost for dermal fillers that a dermatologist or plastic surgeon offers is $1000 USD. Collagen and polymethylmethacrylate beads are the most expensive.
Botox vs Dermal Fillers
These are two of many approaches to a more youthful looking face. Both can fill deep smile lines or relax muscles around the eyes to minimize creasing. A man or woman might receive each during the same visit.
This 3-in-1 treatment effectively helps remove dry, damaged skin. The handheld device uncovers a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and resurfacing. It removes debris from pores with painless suction. And it saturates the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides.
To rejuvenate skin, various facial masks, infrared light treatments, at-home devices, and surgical options are also available. Are you ready to develop and expensive habit of injectables or would you rather age naturally?