Injectable procedures are becoming increasingly popular, with millions of people around the world opting to be facially rejuvenated through such treatments as Botox and fillers. In this article- Dental Confidence’s Facial Aesthetician, Sami Stagnell- explains the difference between the two treatments whist answering some of the most commonly asked questions about facial aesthetic treatments…
What exactly are ‘Botox’ and fillers?
The use of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) and fillers are non-surgical means of addressing facial aging by temporarily reducing the visible lines on the face.
But what’s the difference, and how do we use them?
Botox is a naturally occurring protein that essentially relaxes muscles by stopping them from working, temporarily, preventing them from creating dynamic wrinkles (those only there with movement) such as ‘crow’s feet’ ‘frown lines’ or ‘movement lines’ which exist on the surface of the skin. During treatment, a very small amount of Botulinum Toxin Type A is placed into the areas where these lines are present, through a very small needle typically the same type that diabetics use to inject themselves with for insulin.
Filler, on the other hand, replaces the volume in our face that we inevitably lose with age: essentially like topping up the air in a balloon that is slowing leaking. This loss can happen as a result of normal, ageing related fat movement, or from collagen depletion that we see with skin ageing. Typically, the filler is placed underneath the static lines- (those ones which remain when you don’t move your face, such as nose to mouth lines) or it is used to improve the volume lost in lips or cheeks.
So, what are the benefits?
Aside from reducing and softening the lines that are caused by facial movement and expression, and therefore providing anti-aging properties, both treatments have several benefits. For example, there is now good evidence that Botox and fillers can both have psychological and emotional benefits given that they are both used to improve the way people perceive their appearance. Consequently, the treatments can also improve a patient’s self-confidence.
In many cases we find that we use these treatments in combination with others to make sure we address rejuvenation in a more holistic approach. Botox is also used on the National Health Service, not just for cosmetic purposes, and has many other positive uses, and is regularly used for the management of migraines and the facial pain associated with teeth grinding as well as muscular disorders, excessive sweating and much more.
Crucially we must remember that these are non-surgical treatments; facial treatments such as Botox and fillers are not all about making you look 20 years younger, they are more about making patients feel refreshed, rejuvenated and comfortable in their own skin.
How long does it take before effects are seen?
Ordinarily, after administration it takes Botox around two to three days to take effect. With filler however, the effects are usually immediate, but timings can often differ for each patient and occasionally we need to top-up or adjust at a two-week review appointment.
Is the procedure painful?
In most cases- not at all. We use the same needles that diabetics use when self-injecting on a daily basis- which are very small. We rarely need to apply a topical numbing cream but, if a patient has a low pain threshold, we can offer various options to help manage this. After treatment, you can generally go about your normal daily life, with no impact whatsoever. There may be a mild bruising in some cases but these can easily be covered with a mineral make-up.
How long does each treatment last?
It generally depends on each individual, as a patient’s metabolism, general health and lifestyle all factor into this- but for Botox it is usually between three and seven months.
For filler treatment, again it depends on the area being filled and they type of filler being used- but it could be anywhere from four to fifteen months.
Dr Sami Stagnell provides all aspects of Facial Aesthetic treatments at Dental Confidence including Botox, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peels and Thread Lifting.
Having completed his non-surgical facial aesthetics training with a leading cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr Stagnell has been practicing botulinum toxin and dermal filler treatments amongst other treatments, for the past 5 years. Dr Stagnell is also currently completing a Master’s Degree in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine and has been involved with the Joint Committee for Cosmetic Practice in supporting the professional development of industry standards for Non-surgical aesthetics.
Please contact us for further details on the facial aesthetics treatments we offer, or how to book an appointment with Dr Stagnell.
tel. 023 8032 8900 email: [email protected]
Dental Confidence has received an ‘Accreditation Certificate’ for facial aesthetics treatments, from Save Face -the organisation committed to connecting consumers with regulated healthcare professionals who meet best practice standards.
We are currently the only facial aesthetics provider based in Southampton with the Save Face Accreditation- meaning our practice meets the high standards Save Face sets. This accreditation was awarded following a rigorous annual assessment process.