Botox Injection - Filler Injection
Botox is made from the Botulinum Toxin, a protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.
(a) It is used for the purpose of improving the appearance of wrinkles.
(b) Relieving muscle spasms
A small dose of the toxin is injected into the affected muscles blocking the release of a chemical that would otherwise signal the muscle to contract. The toxin thus paralyzes or weakens the injected muscle. The treatment usually begins to work within 24 to 48 hours, and can last up to four months.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the cosmetic use of Botulinum Toxin for the temporary relief of moderate to severe frown lines between the brow and recommends that the procedure be performed no more frequently than once every 3 months.
Contraindications : It is not known whether Botulinum toxin can cause harm when administered to pregnant women or can affect reproduction capabilities. It is also not known if Botulinum toxin is excreted in human milk. For these reasons, Botulinum toxin should not be used on pregnant or lactating women for cosmetic purpose. It is an office (opd) procedure.
Hyalouronic acid based filler is a sterile gel consisting of nonanimal stabilized hyaluronic acid for injection into the skin to correct facial lines, wrinkles and folds. There are newer generation hyalouronic acid based based products which are cross linked and last for a longer duration. (Your doctor will explain the specific products and their pros and cons).
Indications : Hyalouronic acid based fillers are used for augmentation of the lips, reducing the wrinkles on the face, contouring of the mouth and the cheeks, reducing lines which appear by the mouth and reducing lines under the eyes and around them and the nose.
Procedure : The Hyalouronic acid based filler is injected beneath the skin. Hyaluronic acid in the filler adheres to the skin as the water contained in the acid helps to retain volume under the skin's surface. The acid acts as a magnet for water, which helps to preserve the renewed volume of the skin. The type, site and amount of injection are determineded. Antiseptic solution is applied.
A local or a topical anesthetic may be used to numb the site of the injections. The patient experiences moderate to mild tingling, burning or stinging sensations in the sites as the injection is being administered.
Results are fully evident within one week. Swelling may be pronounced, lasting for two or three days. Normal activities can be resumed immediately, though patients are advised to stay out of the sun. Hyalouronic acid based is a temporary solution and follow-up treatments may be needed.
Hyalouronic acid based advantages are that it does not need testing ahead of time for allergies to this product, it is synthetic, it has a record of safety that has been proven, it is only temporary though but can last from six months to a complete year, it all depends on the person, variety used and their body and it is also biodegradable.