If you want a more youthful and sculpted look, chances are that you have considered getting cosmetic injections to achieve your goals. However, it is difficult to determine whether Botox or fillers are best for your skin. Discover the pros and cons of each type of injectable below to make the best choice possible.

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin, Botox for short, is the most popular type of injection for cosmetic purposes. It has been used for several decades to relax facial muscles that contribute to the appearance and development of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. It is also used to treat other conditions such as excessive sweating. This treatment produces temporary results that typically last less than six months in most cases and can be repeated as needed to maintain the desired look.

Since it has been studied and used longer than any other injectable, it is still considered to be the safest product on the market. A Botox injection is quick, virtually painless and does not involve any downtime. However, it can cause bruising, swelling and redness due to the needle. In most cases, these side effects last only a few days but may remain for up to two weeks under rare circumstances. Following a Botox injection, you may also experience irritation, itchiness and stiffness around the injection site. These effects tend to go away after a few days as well.

Botulinum toxin is best used for deep wrinkles such as frown lines. It can also be effective for lines located around the eyes.

What are Fillers?

Fillers typically rely on Hyaluronic Acid (HA)and work much like Botulinum toxin. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring product in the body. The younger you are, the more your body produces. As you age, production will naturally slow down which contributes to signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.

Fillers work by injecting a small amount of Hyaluronic Acid into the folds around wrinkles which add a subtle amount of volume the affected areas. While not studied or used as extensively as Botulinum toxin injections, fillers are quickly gaining popularity because they utilize all natural components. They are also just as fast and convenient as the Botulinum toxin and have similar side effects, such as bruising, swelling and stiffness around the injection sites. Results typically last for several months as well.

Which is Best?

The best way to determine which treatment is right for you is to speak with a reputable cosmetic clinic. Some people may be allergic to Botulinum toxin, which is why it is critical to get checked for a preexisting allergy prior to receiving any injection. Remember, Botulinum toxin is best for deep wrinkles and works by relaxing the muscles while fillers are ideal for adding volume to fine lines and new wrinkles. Used together and even in conjunction with Smart Laser Liposuction, you can achieve a more youthful and contoured look. Smart Laser Liposuction can eliminate excess amounts of fat on the face and body and add the finishing touch to your look.

Choosing the best treatments for your needs can be challenging, which is why it is important to consult with a reputable provider prior to making a decision. Doing so will prevent any complications ad regrets later on. Achieve a more sculpted and radiant look with fast and painless injectables today!