Fillers and Botox -is this good or bad

Wrinkle treatment options are increasingly abundant. There are numerous over-the-counter products, and people are also turning to their healthcare providers for longer-lasting options. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) and dermal fillers are both long-lasting treatments. Each procedure can be used for wrinkles, but there are several differences between the two to consider.

Botox and dermal fillers alike may be used to treat wrinkles on the face. Each treatment is also delivered via injection. Still, both options have slightly different uses.

Botox itself is a muscle relaxer made from bacteria. It’s been on the market for over two decades, and has been used to treat neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness. It’s also used for the treatment of migraines and other medical conditions.

For wrinkle treatment, Botox is primarily used to treat dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles occur naturally around the eyes and mouth, as well as in between your eyebrows. They become more pronounced with age. Botox injections relax the muscles near these wrinkles. Not allowing the muscles to move reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.

Botox is not used for fine lines caused by collagen breakdown.

Your healthcare provider will inject the muscles that contribute to the specific wrinkles you want treated. The injection process itself takes just a few minutes with noticeable results within two weeks.
Dermal fillers also treat wrinkles on the face. They’re primarily used to treat smile lines, though the fillers can also be used to plump up the lips or cheeks. Sometimes, they’re used for hand treatments or to reduce the appearance of scars. Dermal fillers aren’t approved for plumping up other areas of the body, though, such as the breasts.

Dermal fillers come in different forms, and like Botox, they’re injectable. Some are temporary and used primarily for soft tissues in the face along the smile lines. The U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationTrusted Source has approved the following options:

calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), a temporary gel solution that lasts for 18 months
collagen, a temporary material that lasts for up to four months
hyaluronic acid, a temporary material that loses its effect after 6 to 12 months
poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, Sculptra Aesthetic), a man-made material that lasts about two years
polymethylmethacrylate beads, the only permanent type of dermal filler available

Is Botox effective?
Botox injections produce results for most people, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAOS). You’ll likely see noticeable effects within a week of the injection. Side effects are minimal, and most go away after a short time. You may not notice the full effects of Botox if you have certain conditions that prevent them. You’ll need to talk to your healthcare provider about all these potential risks ahead of time.

Once you receive the injections, you’ll be able to continue your daily activities without any recovery time. The effects of Botox last about 3 to 4 months. Then, you’ll need additional treatments if you want to maintain the results.

How effective are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are also considered effective, and the results last longer than results from Botox overall. Still, results differ depending on the exact type of filler you choose. Like Botox, you’ll need maintenance treatments once the fillers wear off.

Side effects
As with all medical procedures, both Botox and dermal fillers can come with the risk of side effects. There are also special considerations to discuss with your healthcare provider if you have preexisting medical conditions. Weigh all the following risks and benefits thoroughly.

Some side effects include:

allergic reaction
In severe cases, long-term swelling of the face might occur. Ice packs can help alleviate temporary numbness and swelling. To reduce the risk of this side effect and others, do allergy testing before getting a dermal filler if it’s recommended for the particular filler.

Dermal fillers are discouraged for people who smoke. As with Botox injections, you’ll receive the best results and fewer side effects if you’re in overall good health.

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Botox injections are administered by healthcare providers who specialize in treating any part of the face. Most dermatologists and ophthalmologists offer Botox treatments. One of the advantages of Botox is that the injections are safe and effective for most people without the need for surgery or recovery time.

Botox can seem like a more affordable option. The average cost of a session is about $500, depending on what areas are being treated as well as what geographical area you live in. However, you will likely need more injections (needle sticks) than you would with dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are typically given by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, but they’re also administered by other healthcare providers.

Bottom line
Dermal fillers might produce more long-term results, but these injections also carry more side effects than Botox injections. You should also keep in mind that Botox and dermal fillers treat slightly different problems and are usually used in different areas of the face. They may also be used in conjunction as complimentary treatments to achieve your desired results. Weigh all your options carefully with your healthcare provider.

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A former Bond Girl feels she was robbed of her natural beauty when she got cosmetic surgery.

“It destroyed my looks and ruined my face,” Britt Ekland told Platinum Magazine of her lip augmentation, according to the Daily Mail. “It was the biggest mistake of my life.”

The Swedish actress, now 78, said a doctor in Paris gave her an “experimental” filler called Artecoll, which is made from bovine collagen, nearly 30 years ago; since then, she’s turned to “excruciatingly painful” corticosteroid injections to try to dissolve it.

“I did all of that in my 50s, but wouldn’t consider it again,” Ekland added. “I have no desire to look any different than I am.”

Ekland rose to fame as the love interest of James Bond, played by Roger Moore, in “The Man With the Golden Gun” in 1974.

Maud Adams, Roger Moore and Britt Ekland posing in a promotional photo for “The Man With the Golden Gun.”

“When I look at photographs of myself before I had it done, I looked very good,” the former sex symbol admitted. “I can see that now, but I couldn’t see it at the time.”

Since her experience, Ekland has taken a public stance against cosmetic procedures.

In 2008, she slammed Nicole Kidman for allegedly trying to rid herself of her wrinkles with injections, telling the London Observer, “It’s fatal when actresses use Botox.”

“I remember seeing ‘Cold Mountain,’ and it really looked to me like Nicole Kidman had been using it,” Ekland said at the time. “Her face was neither sad nor glad — nor anything, she was just like a painted doll. I thought: ‘Why would she do that?'”

Ekland also told Platinum that she has finally accepted the concept of aging gracefully.

“I feel great now, better than I have for many years … getting older happens to everyone,” she said. “It’s pointless complaining about it or wishing you could change.”

The blond beauty concluded, “We’re all going in one direction and there is nothing we can do about that … It’s just about looking after yourself while on that journey.”