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Botox and fillers By registered Nurse

Botox and fillers are both popular cosmetic treatments used to address signs of aging and enhance facial features. While they are both injectable treatments, they serve different purposes and are composed of different substances.

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  1. Botox: Botox is the brand name for a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive muscle movements. Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions, thereby relaxing the muscles and smoothing out wrinkles. It is typically used to treat lines and wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), and around the eyes (crow's feet). The effects of Botox usually last around three to four months, after which further treatments are needed to maintain the results.

  1. Fillers: Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers or injectable fillers, are substances injected beneath the skin to restore volume, fill in lines and wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. They can be made from various materials, such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or poly-L-lactic acid. The specific filler chosen depends on the area being treated and the desired outcome. Fillers can be used to plump up lips, fill in nasolabial folds (smile lines), add volume to cheeks, and improve the appearance of hollow areas. The effects of fillers vary depending on the type used and individual factors, but they typically last from six months to two years, after which touch-up treatments may be required.

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