Botox and Fillers FAQs

The line between Botox and Fillers can sometimes not be as obvious as the one on your forehead, if you’re thinking about getting injectables, it’s probably all a bit confusing.

They may seem similar, but in reality they’re two very different things…

BOTOX

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox contains highly purified botulinum-toxin protein which is injected into the muscles to temporary smooth crow’s-feet around the eyes and frown lines and other on the forehead. This product can also be used for the treatment of medical conditions such as excessive sweating.

Botox is the best-known and original brand name as well as the most tested product on the market. Many decades of studies have resulted in this great product which have also been used extensively in medicine. Botox is the safest product which is certified in the cosmetic and medical field.

Everytime you squint, frown, or laugh, certain facial muscles contract which creates lines on the face. Botox works by temporarily reducing this muscle activity by paralyzing these facial muscles, which assists to visibly smooth frown lines and crow’s feet lines.

Does Botox have side effects?

There are no real downtime associated with Botox, but it is however important to realise that you might experience some slight swelling and bruising directly after the treatment, due to the injection. But no worries, a bit of foundation will do the trick.

There are fortunately no long-term side effects of Botox, or any wrinkle injections for that matter, which means that clients can resume their usual activities right away.

Things you should, however, avoid post-treatment:

  • Going to the gym
  • Facial Massages
  • Chemical Peels
  • Steam Rooms

Is botox for me?

Botox can be used on a wide range of patients and is primarily used for the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines as well as skin rejuvenation. The botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles which results in the improved look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows for a short duration. In order to improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines, botox can also be injected into the area around the side of the eyes.

Should I avoid botox?

If you have medical conditions, such as muscle complaints or damaged nerves, you should disclose this information during your consultation with the doctor to avoid any complications.

If you are pregnant of breastfeeding, you should rather not have this treatment done. There are no clinical studies proving that this treatment is harmful to the mother or the baby, but medical professionals advise against it under these circumstances.

What can I expect?

Botox is specifically developed to soften facial lines which are caused by facial expression. You can achieve a natural result by having the treatment adjusted correctly. The duration of your results will vary amongst individuals but usually range between 3 and 6 months.

How much does botox cost?

Glo Laser & Beauty requires all clients to visit us for a FREE consultation before we provide a cost. Cost varies, as some clinics choose to charge per area and others per unit. The average price is about R60 per unit, and during a single treatment might use anywhere from 20 to 60 units per area.

Fillers

What are fillers and how do they work?

As we age, the cells in our body lose their ability to produce more of their youthful component which results in the decrease of natural collagen and elastin in the skin. As a result, the skin becomes thinner, dryer and less able to fix itself. When we’re born, we have a lot of hyaluronic acid (HA) in our body, but as we age this store of HA diminishes, leaving the skin to develop wrinkles and lines.

Dermal fillers are small injections of gel which is made up of hyaluronic acid. These injections add volume to soft tissue and fill in wrinkles. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the cheeks, eye, jawline and mouth, as well as lip fillers which are administered directly into the lip tissue.

What fillers basically do is restore lost volume to your face and plump areas, so that lines that are deep become smooth. This is essential because as when we get older, our bodies stop producing elastin and collagen. Around the age of 25, we start losing collagen and then these levels decline at a rate of about 2% per year. Your body will have stopped producing it altogether by your late twenties.

What can I expect?

Fillers take about 30-45 minutes and the results will last for as long as 18 months after the treatment. In some cases, results even last 24 months. It is also important to note that treatment with fillers is completely reversible.

As with any injectable treatment, there can be some slight swelling or bruising that accompanies it. This will not last longer than a day and can easily be covered by make-up.

Is fillers for me?

Fillers can be used on a wide range of patients and is primarily used for the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines as well as skin rejuvenation. If you are seeking to add volume and structure to your face, fillers is also for you!

Many people lose volume in their face due to living a high impact and very active lifestyle, such as runners. Fillers restore any volume loss which naturally begins to occur when we reach our late 30’s and provides clients a brighter, fresher appearance.

Should I avoid fillers?

If you are pregnant of breastfeeding, you should rather not have this treatment done. There are no clinical studies proving that this treatment is harmful to the mother or the baby. It is, however, advised by medical professionals to not have fillers done under these circumstances.

How much does fillers cost?

Glo Laser & Beauty requires all clients to visit us for a FREE consultation before we provide a cost. Cost varies, as some clinics choose to charge per area and others per unit. The average price is about R2500 and up depending on the area to be injected.

Now what?

Book your free consultation today. You will be looking 21 again real soon!

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