Let’s get something straight right away – getting older is a part of life. Every year we reach, every wrinkle we get along the way (especially the smile wrinkles), every new mark of the life we’re living is something to be grateful for.
That being said, many of us don’t mind the “getting old” part, but the part where it changes the reflection we’re used to… well, that’s the part we do mind greatly.
Nowadays, it’s not easy getting old, because everywhere you look, magazines, social media and even people – they are all telling you “you should look younger”. The fear of getting old makes people do reckless things – like getting too many surgeries, or injecting too much Botox, so they end up looking like someone else..
Sometimes the battle against wrinkles feels like you are Don Quixote battling the windmills, you just can not win.
But that doesn’t have to be the case – if done correctly, Botox and fillers can do wonders for your skin and your appearance.
First, Measures of Precaution
You are probably tired of hearing this, but if you pay attention to your skin every day, Botox and fillers would have less demanding jobs to do on your skin.
Logically, if your skin is in good shape, you will also get better results with injections.
So, what can you do to delay this battle?
We’ve stopped counting how many times we have said to use sunscreen, but yes, use it daily and reapply it regularly.
Next on the list, we have nutrition, especially food that is rich in vitamin C because it can help to rebuild collagen in your body.
Now, we are moving to cosmetic products – yes, vitamin C is important in food, but also in your skincare routine, because it is a really powerful antioxidant, so use it daily, preferably in the morning.
Niacinamide is its best frenemy because they go well, but only if you use one in the morning and the other in the evening.
You can read more about their benefits and combination in the blog What Goes With What – Mixing Skincare Products.
And, our favourite weapon in the battle against wrinkles is the almighty Retinol. We talked so much about it, so we are just going to ask you to read the blog True or false – Retinol Should Be Your New Best Friend and then start using it right away.
Now that we are done with tips on how to delay the appearance of wrinkles, let’s dive into the neverending debate; Botox vs Fillers.
Botox or botulin toxin is a neurotoxin that helps you deal with wrinkles.
Yes, you read correctly, it is a toxin, but when used in a small dosage by a doctor who knows what are they doing, it’s a powerful tool. The wrinkles and fine lines happen due to repeated muscular contractions – for example, if you frown a lot, the wrinkles will form around your forehead, and a simple Botox procedure can help with those.
The procedure starts when the doctor injects Botox into your face muscles (usually eyebrows, forehead, around the eyes…). It blocks nerve impulses in the area that is injected, which as a result causes muscles to relax.
That is how patients get that refreshed, glowing look. Botox is usually great for moderate to severe frown lines and it lasts for about three to four months, but it takes from 24 to 72 hours to see its results.
Of course, there are some activities and habits that you should avoid doing in the hours following the procedure sweating, exercising, taking ibuprofen, lying down, sleeping on your face…
What is the right time for Botox? Well, this depends on your goals. If you wish to prevent fine lines and wrinkles before they pop their ugly heads then the mid-20s are the perfect time for that. If you’re not looking to prevent the appearance of wrinkles, but get rid of the existing ones, there are no age limits.
If for some reason, you are not comfortable with Botox, Dermal Fillers are another great option. They do work slightly differently – while Botox relaxes the muscles, fillers add plumpness and fullness to the sagging area. This makes the skin look smoother and younger. The fillers are injected beneath the surface of the skin to soften the static wrinkles.
While Botox works great for wrinkles that are caused by facial expressions, dermal fillers can do a better job with wrinkles caused by loss of plumpness in the skin.
There are four different types of dermal fillers:
- Hyaluronic acid – fillers can last between 6 and 12 months
- Calcium hydroxylapatite – last up to 18 months
- Poly-L-lactic acid can last the longest, up to two years
- Polymethylmethacrylate beads – the only long-lasting filler
What is the right time for Fillers: It is the same as for Botox, it depends on the desired result. Your body starts to lose collagen in your mid-20s, so you can start then. Or, if you want to reverse the sign of aging, your late 40s are also a good option.
Who Is The Winner?
In the battle Botox vs Dermal Fillers, there are no winners or losers. They both do the job they are supposed to do, making you look and feel better in your skin. It all depends on your preferences and what you feel the most comfortable with.
On the other hand, in the battle with wrinkles, the wrinkles are the only losers, and that is the only thing that matters.
We would be more than happy to offer you a piece of advice on what to choose between these two, so feel free to contact us today.