Most people understand the basics about Botox, but if you’re thinking about receiving treatment for lines and wrinkles, you probably also came across another injectable treatment known as fillers. Only the best Fremont dentist will be able to provide you accurate insight into how to choose between these two treatments.
Dr. Raveendranath with Fremont Dental shares that the best way to decide between Botox and fillers is to understand the pros and cons between the two and specifically what areas you want to be treated.
Additionally, it’s important to know about any possible side effects and how long you can expect the effects of each treatment to last.
Botox is the brand name for botulinum neurotoxin, a type of protein. Botox is the most popular brand of this protein, but other brand names you may hear include Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeauveau.
A simple way to think of how Botox works are that it’s a muscle relaxer. When a dentist or doctor injects you with Botox, the protein attaches to the nerve endings of your muscle and temporarily numbs them. This stops your muscles from contracting and as a result, melts away those pesky lines and wrinkles.
To keep is simple, Botox works best on the areas of your face that you see wrinkles and lines show up when you are expressive. These areas include the forehead and around the eyes and eyebrows.
For most people, the effects of Botox treatments last about three to four months. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s common that the results of the first treatment do not last long, but can start to last long after the second treatment.
The most common side effects of Botox treatment include bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site, headache, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. If you experience anything beyond these symptoms, like a drooping eyelid, you need to contact your dentist or doctor immediately.
Fillers are another type of injectable, but instead of being a protein like Botox, fillers are a type of gel that gets injected under the skin and adds volume. Fillers are either made of hyaluronic acid (HA) or calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA).
To keep it simple with fillers, these work best for the lines on your face that is constantly there, no matter if you are expressive or not. Fillers are more likely used to fill in the lines around your cheeks and lips.
The results of fillers can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. It depends on the type of filler and where it was injected. Typically, fillers in cheeks last anywhere from six months to two years, while fillers in lips last anywhere from six months to one year.
Just like Botox, fillers that are approved by the FDA have a high safety record. But everyone is different, so some possible side effects to consider when receiving filler injections could be a bluish tint to the skin if not injected correctly, acne-like bumps, bruising, tenderness, and some swelling.
There are pros and cons to both Botox and fillers, so if you need help deciding which one is the best option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Raveendranath with Freemont Dental. She is trained and certified to provide both Botox and filler treatments and can answer any questions you may have.