Unlike what people may think about Botox and filler injections, these are two non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments that deliver fantastic and natural results in the hands of an experienced practitioner using the right products. If you are wondering which treatment you should request to alleviate your facial wrinkles, keep on reading to find out how to choose.
Botox and Hyaluronic acid based fillers both have a common facial rejuvenation objective, they do not require anaesthesia and have temporary, but long lasting effects. These two treatments, however, are used to treat different areas and different types of wrinkles.
Botox is for wrinkles caused by muscle contraction
Botox focuses of the upper third of the face, it treats wrinkles caused by repeated muscle contractions in this region, which includes :
- Frowning wrinkles
- Crow’s feet (outer corner of the eyes)
- Forehead wrinkles
Botox is injected in the forehead muscles to alleviate wrinkles during a period of approximately 6 months. It also delays wrinkles formation in young patients and slows down deepening once the effect of Botox wears off.
Hyaluronic acid is for age related wrinkles
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring molecule in our body. HA injections mainly target the middle and lower thirds of the face, to restore volume and fill in wrinkles that have formed because of skin laxity, thinning skin and fat melting over time in the cheeks and cheekbones areas.
HA injections can :
- Fill in grooves, wrinkles and fine lines
- Improve the shape and volume of the lips
- Improve facial contours and fill in hollows in the cheekbones, chin, jawline, nose, temples and tear through.
HA is injected in the skin, where the wrinkle has formed, or in the subcutaneous fat tissue. The effect of HA lasts approximately one year, but it can last longer with proper skin hydration.
While HA and Botox injections have a common objective, both are used differently.