– I am a middle-aged woman who has friends and acquaintances that have taken advantage of age-reducing technology…specifically Botox and fillers. To be honest, I’ve heard so many differing facts and opinions, I can’t decipher what is truth and what is fiction. Could you please clear up my confusion and define the difference between the two products and exactly what they can achieve for me?
– Confusion between the two non-surgical treatments, Botox and fillers, is understandable since they are both injected into the skin using needles. Simply put, BOTOX® effectively reduces muscle activity that causes lines and wrinkles, whereas injectable fillers restore the volume to your face that has been lost due to the aging process. There have been great advancements in the cosmetic industry in recent years. Both cosmetic treatments are completely safe as long as they are administered properly by a licensed professional.
One of the most popular types of dermal filler contains a synthetic form of HA (hyaluronic acid), which naturally occurs in our own soft connective tissue. This gel-like substance, injected with tiny needles, fills in lines and wrinkles, adding moisture and lubrication as well. Popular products used by Dr. Torgerson in his Toronto office include Restylane, Perlane, Teosyal Global, Teosyal Ultimate, Juvederm, Voluma Lift, and Redensity II. Continual improvements have been made in recent years to the durability of injectable filler products, which in turn produce longer-lasting results. Injectable fillers are completely safe to use due to their ability to be naturally absorbed into the skin and metabolized by our bodies. Dermal Fillers can be injected to add volume to the nasalabial area between the nose and mouth, chin, and sagging cheeks, as well as lips, temples, and nose.
Several companies manufacture a quality filler, and Dr. Torgerson can help clients choose the correct dermal filler product to use, depending on which area of the face is being augmented.
Both Botox and fillers are the same in that they are less intrusive than plastic surgery with virtually no downtime. In less than a half-hour, dermal fillers produce immediate and long-lasting results, and Botox takes effect within 4 to 6 days. Botox and fillers are increasingly popular because the aesthetic improvements can be achieved in a very cost-effective manner.
Hundreds of men and women are enjoying the benefits of Botox and fillers, finding them a simple, but effective solution to rejuvenate their appearances.
BOTOX® is actually a protein and has been approved for cosmetic use in Canada for over a decade. It is not a new drug and has been successfully used for the medical treatment of many other ailments (such as muscle spasms) for over a century. BOTOX® has been extremely popular in the cosmetic industry because it relaxes muscle activity without causing permanent damage. Normal facial expressions can still be made, but they are not altered. BOTOX® is most often injected into the forehead and eyebrow area to smooth out wrinkles and in the upper cheek area to reduce crow’s-feet wrinkles around the eyes. After a period of about 3 to 4 months, muscles return to their original tone and the Botox treatment needs to be maintained.