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Anti-aging about botox and fillers

Technically anti-aging is the delaying, stopping or retardation of the aging process. Aging starts due to decaying of our body cells.Our body is made of billions of cells which divide and replicate with new cells. With time these cells lose the capacity to replicate in time and hence it leads to slow division leading to the aging process. There have been rapid advancements in the field of skin and anti-aging treatment with time as people want to cherish their youthful selves and feel confident in their skin for a longer period.

The two treatments which are most often used for the purpose of anti-aging are Botox and Fillers. It is to be noted that the two are often confused as one, the only similarity between the two is that these two are minimally invasive procedures of cosmetic treatment administered with the help of injection and is performed usually in a doctor’s clinic. Any minimally invasive treatment requires no surgery and hence least amount of pain and time is invested, besides this, there are a couple of differences between the two procedures.

Botox treatment for anti-aging:

Botox treatment is performed using purified bacteria which freeze the facial muscles. Botox helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles caused due to facial expressions. The element botulinum toxin is extracted from the bacteria in small amounts as a larger amount can prove to be deadly for a person. When used in the accurate amount this element has revolutionary results on wrinkles and fine lines by blocking nerve signals in the areas where it is injected. When the signal is broken these affected muscles fail to respond and hence end up softening the wrinkles, for this very reason botox treatment is also known as neuromodulator or neurotoxin.

What are the side effects of botox treatment?

Botox is considered to be a very safe procedure by top dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. Around 7 million botox treatments were given in the year 2015. However, like any treatment, it also has certain side effects, such as:

  • Paralysis of nearby muscles
  • Rashes or itching
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Drooping of eyelids or eyebrows
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Blurry vision

In rare conditions, antibodies develop which fight the toxins, to prevent this from happening dermatologist advice the patients to avoid rubbing the area.

Dermal filler as an anti-aging treatment:

These are also known as soft tissue fillers because these are injected below the surface of the skin to add fullness and volume. Unlike botox, there are a variety of substances used as dermal fillers. To list a few:

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite
  • Hyaluronic acid which provides plumpiness to the skin
  • Plyalkylimide a kind of transparent gel
  • Polymethyl methacrylate microspheres (PMMS)

Each of these is desired to deal with different signs of aging. Besides the area of coverage, their time of action also varies, some last for 6 months while few may stay for 2 years or so.

Functions of dermal fillers:

  • Plumping up thin lips
  • Softening of recessed scar
  • Enhancing or filling in a shallow area
  • Soften static wrinkle around the area of the lower jaw
  • Decrease or remove wrinkle or shadow especially under eye

Static wrinkles are found especially around mouth or cheek.

What are the risks associated with dermal filler treatment?

Dermal fillers are one of the safest methods used in cosmetic anti-aging treatment but just like any other procedure, it has risk too. Some of the common problems with dermal fillers are:

  • Itching or pimple-like eruptions
  • Asymmetry, lump or overcorrection
  • Infection wound due to skin damage
  • Death of cells due to lack of blood flow
  • Blindness
  • Bleeding, bruising or redness
  • Feeling of filler inside the skin

The cost of dermal fillers may vary from location to location and specialist to specialist. Use of less than a full syringe is always cheaper thana full syringe at once.

As for botox, dermal fillers are both made of different elements both can be combined to work in one treatment. For instance, someone may use Botox to correct lines between the eyes and a filler to correct smile lines around the mouth.

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