When you are looking to change your looks sometimes, it can be hard to know what exactly will work best for you. There are many options to choose from and many areas that you can target. Before deciding on a treatment option, know all the options on the market.
The most common topics that people wonder about are filler and toxins. It can be hard to decide because both have their own benefits. Here are some of the differences between filler and toxins so you can make the best decision for yourself!
What are Fillers?
Filler is an injectable treatment that uses naturally-occurring molecules in the body called hyaluronic acid. It works by adding volume, softening lines and wrinkles, and improving contours’ appearance.
They are very safe when used correctly.
The effects usually last 8months to 12 months, but occasionally longer or shorter. Over time, fillers are gradually broken down and eliminated by the body.
What are Toxins?
Toxins, on the other hand, are proteins that block nerve signals to relax muscles in the face temporarily. Toxins can dramatically reduce and sometimes even prevent deep lines from forming when you smile or frown.
Toxins like Botox and Dysport are popular choices for treating facial wrinkles. They are the most effective type of wrinkle treatment, and they provide results that last longer than fillers. However, they can also pose a risk of side effects if they are not injected correctly.
Toxins work by affecting the muscles in the area where they are applied. This reduces muscle contraction, which helps to smooth out the wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions. Toxin treatments take about a week to show an effect, and results last for about three months.
What is the difference between fillers and toxins?
There are many differences between fillers and toxins. But before you decide between them, you must understand what makes these products different.
- One of the primary differences between fillers and toxins is their longevity. Fillers tend to last longer than toxins simply because they’re inert materials that can’t be reabsorbed into the body. Toxins are proteins that are naturally broken down by your body over time, so they don’t last forever.
- Another difference between fillers and toxins is in their application methods. Fillers get directly injected into the skin with a needle, while toxins are injected into muscles beneath the skin that controls facial expressions. The toxin works by temporarily paralyzing those muscles so they can’t contract, which prevents wrinkles from forming in the first place.
- The third difference between fillers and toxins is their suitability for different types of wrinkles and folds. Fillers work best on dynamic wrinkles — those that form when you smile or make other facial expressions — because these lines are caused by a loss of tissue volume beneath the skin. Toxins work best on static wrinkles — those that form when your face is at rest — because muscle contractions cause these lines beneath the skin.
- The difference between fillers and toxins is that a patient must wait longer for a toxin procedure than a filler procedure to see results. Botox takes about three days for full effect, while fillers work immediately after injection.
- Botox is typically faster than a filler, but that’s because it takes less time to inject. A typical Botox injection session takes only a few minutes, while dermal fillers often take 10-15 minutes per syringe.
Volume Loss Vs. Muscle Movement
This is a great topic and one that we come across every time. While both are very important to address, they are also very different issues.
What is Volume Loss?
Volume loss (static wrinkles) is caused by a loss in the volume of our skin, fat, and bone as we age. This volume loss can create sagging skin and wrinkles or folds in areas like the cheeks, jowls, jawline, and neck.
As we get older, we lose volume in our faces. This is caused by a decrease in collagen, elastin, and water in the skin. Also, the underlying fat pads decrease in size and shift down. Gravity also plays a big part!
What is Muscle Movement?
Muscle movement( dynamic wrinkles) is the constant contraction and relaxation of muscles as you make different facial expressions. Over time, these movements can begin to create lines on your face. These lines form the wrinkles that are most commonly found on the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes.
Fortunately, there are ways to address both! Botox or Dysport can help soften facial lines caused by muscle movement. While Fillers can help restore volume loss and lift the skin for a more youthful appearance
So how do you know which is causing your wrinkles? The best way to find out is with consultation with an aesthetic expert!
How to Use Fillers and Toxins
A filler, commonly known as a dermal filler, is an injectable substance used to add volume and fullness to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles, folds, and depressions in the skin. Fillers are also used to enhance and sculpt other areas of the body, such as the lips. They are also used to fill fine lines and wrinkles, replace volume loss (for example, in the cheeks), contour the chin and jawline, enhance other facial features (like the nose), treat under-eye hollows, and shape cheekbones and temples.
A toxin is a type of protein made by certain types of bacteria. These proteins are injected into specific muscles to relax them. Botox injections only last for a few months before requiring re-injection. Toxins are used to smooth frown lines and crow’s feet, soften forehead furrows and elevate brows.
Fillers and toxins have their place in orthodontics and are definitely a good option for treating some concerns. However, you should understand the difference between them. Fillers are used to providing bulk to specific areas of the mouth that draw attention or create an unbalanced appearance. These treatments can also be used for volume loss after tooth extraction.
On the other hand, Toxins can be used to address different areas of concern by helping muscles move correctly. They can help promote healthy movement of your bite or overcorrect minor underbites or overbites. Fillers and toxins offer exciting orthodontic options. Knowing how they work and when to use them is imperative to maintaining a pretty smile!
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