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Botox vs Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

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Botox vs Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

Many people get confused when talking about Botox and Hyaluronic Acid thinking they are the same, and they are not! While it is true that they share many similarities, they offer different benefits and results. This article tells you more about what each one is for in beauty treatments and their differences and similarities.

Botox and Hyaluronic Acid are both long-lasting treatments. 
Each procedure can be used for wrinkles, lips, even hands!

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin type A is a muscle relaxer produced from bacteria. Is safe if you go with the right professional and certified healthcare provider.
Botox only works on expression lines. Botox doesn't work with static wrinkles caused by collagen breakdown. 
Repeated treatments are necessary because Botox is not a permanent treatment.

Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is naturally produced by our bodies.
It's primarily used to treat lines around lips, and can also be used to plump up the cheeks. Sometimes, it's used for hand treatments or to diminish some little scars.
Like the Botox, Hyaluronic Acid is not a permanent treatment, but if you use it regularly, you could have more changes in your skin.

What are the similarities between Botox and Hyaluronic Acid?

A PROFESSIONAL must apply both Botox and/or Hyaluronic Acid. This may be done by your Plastic Surgeon Doctor specialized in cosmetic matters or your Dermatologist. These must be administered in a safe place and by the hands of an expert.
The effects of both are temporary and although the variation in time of each is different in no case is permanent.
If, after some time, you decide to stop applying any of these, the skin does not deflate or get worse, taking into account that it has always been applied with a professional.

What differences can we find between Botox and Hyaluronic Acid?

Temporary effect: although the effect in both treatments is temporary, its duration is not the same. The approximate duration of Botox is between 4 and 6 months, while the Hyaluronic Acid fillers depend on many other factors such as the place where it was applied, the speed at which each person's body reabsorbs it naturally, with a variation of duration from 6 to 12 months.

Functionality: Botox is mainly used to correct the wrinkles that are formed by puckering or contracting certain parts of our face, especially in the upper third of the face such as the forehead, between the eyebrows, and the famous "crow's feet". On the other hand, the fillings with Hyaluronic Acid are used to fill cracks or wrinkles as well as to give volume in places like the lips, the cheekbones, or the chin.

Results: The results of the Hyaluronic Acid fillers are immediate, although the final result is usually visible after two weeks when the filler has already settled. The results of Botox begin to be seen after 3 days and its maximum effect is achieved after approximately 10 days.

Side effects
If you have pre-existing medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider first. Also, if you're pregnant or nursing.

  • Bruises at the site of injection.
  • Allergic reaction.
  • Infection.
  • Have weak facial muscles.
  • Itching and redness.
  • If you go with an unprofessional provider: Undesirable appearance, such as asymmetry.
  • Flu-like symptoms.
  • Nausea.

Summary

  • Botox: Stop wrinkles caused by facial expressions — results: last 3 to 4 months.

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Fill in areas that have lost volume and smoothness — results: depending on if it is injection or not.

So now you know, whether you decide on Botox or the option of Hyaluronic Acid fillers because you are looking to prevent photo-aging or you want to get a rejuvenated look or simply improve the appearance of your skin, these are some of the options you can evaluate.

Go to a Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist specialized in cosmetic matters so that together you can evaluate, based on your needs, which is your best option to achieve the result you want without putting your health at risk.

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