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How Botox Is Different From A Dermal Filler

by Camila Davidson

One of the common misconceptions about Botox is that it is a type of filler. Botox is a neurotoxin that fights muscle spasticity to reduce wrinkles and give you a youthful appearance. Choosing between Botox and a dermal filler would be best when deciding what will improve your appearance. It blocks signals that cause muscle contractions in the face. 

Fillers Vs. Botox

A filler is a substance that fills soft tissue spaces to correct facial defects. They can also treat wrinkles like Botox, but they will not be able to treat wrinkles caused by your facial expressions. A cosmetic surgeon uses them to restore volume.

How to Prepare for Botox

Fortunately, getting a Botox injection is very easy. Before your Botox procedure, you must undergo an evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for Botox. The Botox technician will inform you about everything you need to know to prepare for your appointment.

Before the procedure, the technician will cleanse your skin to prepare it for topical anesthesia. They might also use ice so you will feel minimal discomfort. 

What to Expect During Your Treatment

The technician will inject the site where you receive Botox with a very thin needle, avoiding blood vessels, and instead will inject the Botox into the targeted muscle. For any particular area, the technician must inject Botox multiple times. 

What to Do After Your Treatment

After the injection, you will not want to touch the injection site for several hours, and you should avoid exercise or other strenuous activities. Otherwise, the Botox will seep into other areas and cause unintended results. 

How to Achieve the Best Results

Regardless of which cosmetic treatment you choose, each type will take a while to achieve its full effect. You might also need more than one treatment to see the full benefit of the cosmetic treatment. However, you will begin to see results in as little as a few weeks if the treatment goes well.

You may need follow-up treatments because the effects of Botox can begin to wear off. Frown lines are the vertical lines that appear under your eyebrows. They result from when you furrow your brows. Crow's feet, on the other hand, form on the outer corners of your eyes and result from your muscles contracting on the outer corners. If you undergo a Botox treatment periodically, you'll see a reduction in crow's feet and frown lines.

To learn more about Botox, reach out to a service provider near you.