Two of the most requested procedures in Australia nowadays are dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. While a lot of people may look at them as doing the same thing, they are actually quite different in how and where they work.
Cosmetic surgery has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years as procedures become less expensive and the techniques, tools, and materials become more advanced. If you’re looking at having some cosmetic work done, whether invasive or non-invasive, it’s important to get yourself educated before you make a decision.
While your doctor will have plenty of expertise and will be able to advise you, it’s a good idea to know as much as you can before going for a consultation.
Keep reading to learn about the differences between these two popular cosmetic procedures.
There are a few similarities between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, but the characteristics they have in common are limited to how they are administered, and the overall end goal.
To that end, both are classified as ‘medication’ which has to be administered by a qualified medical professional, and they are both solutions which are injected via a syringe. Lastly, they both are used (often in conjunction with one another) to reduce signs of ageing. Besides these commonalities, they are very different treatments altogether.
What is a Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers are a compound which is injected directly into layers of the skin. The fillers are mainly used as a volumiser to give volume back where it progressively deteriorates over time. The most popular areas of the face to bring back volume are the chin/jawline, cheeks, and lips.
Fillers are not a permanent solution and may need to be repeated once or twice a year, it depends on the patient, the type of filler used, and the amount of dermal filler as to how frequently you may need a top up.
What is an Anti-Wrinkle Injection?
The most common name for an anti-wrinkle injection is Botox. Anyone living in the modern world has heard this word, but many aren’t aware of exactly what it is, or its uses. Anti-wrinkle injections are used for more than just eliminating facial lines, they can help with things such as excessive sweating and managing acne.
As far as cosmetic applications go, Botox is most often used to tackle crows feet around the eyes, corners of the mouth, and the forehead. But don’t expect instant results. This treatment goes into the muscle and can take up to two weeks to take effect. You will also need to get treatments redone every three to six months.
Which is better?
There is really no way to give a definitive answer here, as each treatment offers different benefits for different uses. The best choice will be whichever you and your cosmetic doctor decide is right for you based on the look you want to achieve.
Trying to turn back time
While sadly, nothing is ever going to halt or reverse the ageing process completely, technology is getting better at slowing it down every day. Whether you decide to go with dermal fillers or experiment with anti-wrinkle injections, there’s a viable way to counteract most signs of ageing in your face.