The difference between toxins, like Botox, and other injectables can be difficult to determine. Both have their benefits as anti-aging treatments, but which is the right one for your unique skin type and needs?
Learn more about Botox vs. other injectables here and decide which is the appropriate anti-aging treatment for your goals and expectations.
Botulinum toxin is a natural, purified protein that’s used to relax facial muscles and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox, a specific brand of botulinum toxin, is the best-known brand on the market and has undergone rigorous testing for its use in cosmetic medicine, as well as other types of treatments.
Like other injectables, Botox is minimally-invasive and has virtually no downtime, though there are a few mild side effects. Some patients experience slight bruising and mild swelling immediately after treatment, which subsides over the hours or days and can be easily hidden with makeup. There are no known long-term side effects to Botox treatments.
Botox is suitable for patients looking to rejuvenate their skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s injected directly into the muscles to relax areas responsible for moderate to severe wrinkles. Botox results typically last three to six months.
During the normal aging process, the production of collagen and elastin slows, and the skin becomes thinner and less resilient. Hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring polysaccharide that binds with moisture to keep skin plump and hydrated, also lessens with age. A lack of natural hyaluronic acid leads to lines and wrinkles. Injectables contain hyaluronic acid and seek to lift and smooth these areas by restoring lost volume.
Like Botox, injectables are minimally-invasive, quick and have little downtime. The results are immediate and improve in the days following the procedure, with no scarring. Injectables come in a variety of options to treat different areas and conditions, such as fine lines, deep wrinkles and crow’s feet. Injectables are also used to restore lost volume in the lips.
Because the ingredients in injectables are naturally-occurring, they are completely safe for use in most patients and have no serious side effects. The treatment period is short, usually 30 to 45 minutes, and the results can last for a year or more. Injection sites can have mild bruising or swelling that usually subsides in a day.
Botox and injectables are different substances designed to treat different conditions and areas of the face, meaning that choosing the appropriate one comes down to your individual needs. Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles, or the wrinkles caused by repetitive movement, whereas injectables use naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid to plump the areas of the face that lost volume and smoothness.
It’s not uncommon to use both Botox and other injectables to treat different areas of the face. Botox can correct the lines and wrinkles that occur around the eyes, while a specific injectable can be used to smooth lines around the mouth and on the cheeks.
Regardless of their different uses, Botox and injectables are both safe, minimally-invasive treatments that can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore that youthful glow. The best way to determine the appropriate treatment for you is with a consultation from the professionals at Love Your Body Medical Spa. Contact ustoday to discuss our anti-aging treatments and schedule your free consultation!