FAQs about Botox and Dermal Fillers

FAQs about Botox and Dermal Fillers

Last month, the IV Wellness Boutique hosted its third annual beauty night. I took the opportunity to demonstrate a cheek filler and mini lip treatment on two of my clients. Our guests were invited to watch the live demonstrations, and encouraged to ask questions. As the night progressed, I noticed many guests shared similar questions regarding dermal fillers and Botox. That’s when it sparked me to write a blog entry on “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding injectable treatments so more people can be educated of the facts about medical aesthetic treatments.

Does it hurt?
Fillers tend to create more discomfort than Botox because the needle is larger and longer. However, there are techniques to minimize the discomfort, such as using numbing cream (almost always for lip treatments), using smaller needles, applying gentle massage, and utilizing distraction techniques. Most clients are quite surprised how tolerable the treatments are.

How long does it last?
At the IV Wellness Boutique, we only use hyaluronic acid fillers, which are the safest fillers currently available. Since our body can metabolize the product, the treatment results usually sustains for 6-10 months (depending on area being treated). Botox, a neuromodulator, typically takes 3-4 months before the effects fully diminish. However, with continuous treatments, many clients find that the results become longer lasting, require less frequent treatment and with lower dosages.

Do I need Botox or fillers?
I get this one a lot, and I always tell my clients, “it all depends on personal preference”. Some people embrace smile lines, while others fancy smooth radiant skin. As a provider, I always ask my clients to tell me their skin goals and expectations so I can let them know if the results are achievable through injectable treatments.

A few years from now, if I don’t want to have fillers or Botox anymore, would it ruin my appearance?
Hyaluronic acid fillers and Botox both produce temporary effects. Therefore, if you choose to stop your maintenance treatments, everything will return to its original state. Essentially you are just delaying your aging process.

If I get Botox at an earlier age, would I stay younger longer?
Botox, which is a neuromodulator, helps us relax our muscles to prevent contraction to form lines and wrinkle. In theory, it should delay our aging process, however there are other factors that contribute to aging, such as genetics, sun exposure and life style. In a recent study by Binder (2006), the study examined the long-term effects of Botox on facial lines on a pair of identical twins. One twin received Botox treatment regularly for 13 years, whilst the other twin only received treatment twice in her lifetime. The results showed that the twin who did not receive regular Botox treatment had visible facial lines at rest and more noticeable crowsfeet lines when smiling. In conclusion, Botox did prevent the development of visible facial lines and did not produce any adverse effects with continuous maintenance treatments.

twin-study

(Photo obtained from: http://www.novaplasticsurgery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Twins-Botox-Study.jpg)

In Health and Beauty,
Kerry Wong, Medical Aesthetics specialist

References:

Binder, W. J. (2006). Long-Term Effects of Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) on Facial Lines: A Comparison in Identical Twins. Arch Facial Plast Surg, 8(6):426-431. Retrieved from http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamafacialplasticsurgery/article-abstract/481051