Botox & Fillers: Is There A Difference?

Cosmetic procedures have become increasingly popular as the quest for youth has become more and more sought after. The important thing to remember is that there isn’t anything wrong with the desire to remain youthful! If you find yourself wishing for a younger looking appearance, you may have found yourself asking, “which procedure will work for me?” Understanding the difference between Botox and dermal fillers, can help you determine which procedure is right for you


Botox is a prescription medical injection that paralyzes the muscles it is injected too.  Along with filling lines and wrinkles, Botox can also be used to treat:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cervical dystonia

Botox is minimally invasive and nearly pain free. If you are especially sensitive to injections of any kind, you can ask your doctor or numb the site prior to injection. Once injected, the full effect of Botox takes a few days to kick in and can last several months. Botox is best used on fine lines and dynamic wrinkles like crows feet around the eyes or “worry lines” on the forehead. It can also be used to treat neck bands (excess skin around the neck).

Once Botox has ran its prescribed course, you will be due for another treatment. Should you opt out of additional treatments, your fine lines and wrinkles will return as they were pre-treatment. Side effects of Botox include inflammation and redness at the injection site, tenderness, swelling and bruising.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are an injectable gel made up of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating substance found in your body that can decrease over time due to sun expose and age. Dermal fillers are usually infused with a numbing agent like lidocaine to make application much easier. Instead of paralyzing the muscle to soften deep wrinkles, dermal fillers work by adding volume to plump up skin in all the right places. Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Plump lips
  • Fill lines or wrinkles
  • Replenish hydration to the skin
  • Soften under-eye bags

Dermal fillers are slightly more invasive than Botox injections, but about the same on the pain scale. Side effects are also similar; swelling, inflammation, bruising and redness can follow. Unlike Botox, dermal fillers can cause a temporary asymmetrical effect on your face as the filler takes effect and inflammation from the injection decreases. Dermal fillers last much longer than Botox. Fillers have been known to last nearly a year.

When it comes down to it, your surgeon can best determine the right procedure for you. He or she will take into account the severity of your wrinkles, location of said wrinkles and your desired look to assess which is ideal. Now that you know the essentials of Botox and dermal fillers, you can decide if you are ready to enhance your youthful appearance. Talk to experts like The Vein Treatment Centre for more information.

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Struggling With A Too-Hirsute Face, Chest, Or Back? What Are Your Man-Friendly Removal Options?

If you’re a male looking for ways to become just a little less furry, you may feel neglected by the hair removal industry. Most hair products targeted to men are designed to regrow hair, not remove it—and the hair removal products on the market for women may just not be suited to a man’s specific needs. Fortunately, there is now an effort to fill in this market gap. Read on to learn more about the differences between hair-removal products targeted to women and those targeted to men, as well as what you should look for when seeking to remove a section of body hair.

Why are male hair-removal products and treatments different from female products?

It’s generally not a good idea for men to use hair-removal products intended for women, as there are specific biological differences between male and female skin. Male skin tends to have larger pores, be oilier, and have more coarse hair than female skin. Products intended for females may, at best, be ineffective on men — and, at worst, cause a rash or other skin irritation from additives intended to minimize the wear and tear on sensitive female skin.

What are your best options for quick and easy removal of unwanted body hair?

There are now several male-only formulations of popular female hair-removal products. Any of these should provide you with satisfactory and relatively long-lasting results.

  • Laser removal

This is the most permanent type of hair removal available. During this procedure, a technician will hold a laser applicator to the base of each hair you’d like removed. The light pulse emitted from the laser kills your hair at the root, preventing regrowth. Laser hair removal is most effective on men, as their body hair has thicker roots than female body hair, diminishing the odds of spontaneous regrowth when the follicle recovers. (For more information, contact The De Pieri Clinic).

  • Waxing

You can opt for a professional waxing at a salon, or instead purchase a do-it-yourself waxing kit at a drugstore. When targeted to men, these kits include a stronger type of wax (as male hair is thicker and more embedded in the follicle than female hair), and may even contain a larger quantity of wax for use on larger body areas. Be sure to purchase a mild antibiotic creme to use on the waxed area for the day or two following the procedure, as the raw skin may be more susceptible to infection.

  • Depilatories

One of the most popular shave-free ways for women to remove hair is now available for men, as well. Male depilatories include a stronger mix of the chemicals that kill your hair at the root. By smoothing on this creme, leaving it on for a few minutes, and then rinsing clean, you can be hair-free for a much longer time than achieved by shaving alone. Be sure to test the creme on a small patch of skin before you apply it to a larger area to watch for any rash or other skin reaction.

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