How Can You Tell If You Need Fillers or Facial Botox?

Over recent years, fillers and facial botox (known informally as injectables) have been extremely popular with customers across the US. Designed to minimise wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing, they represent a great non-invasive option.

With little to no downtime involved and no necessity for anaesthetic, people can get the treatment they need and head off back to work straight after. So, how do you know which is right for your needs?

For many years, facial botox was the preeminent method for dealing with these kinds of injectables, but in the 2020s, fillers aren’t far behind. In reality, both offer benefits, but both also have their ideal use cases.

The Case for Dermal Fillers

If you’ve lost some of the plumpness and youth from your face, with sagging or dropping to the skin, then fillers might be for you. They’re ideal for those with mild ageing symptoms and are known to:

  • Make your lips fuller
  • Add volume to the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of lines & wrinkles
  • Help to recontour your face

The results provided are temporary, sure, but the effects can compound to offer long lasting results. There are a range of different fillers, such as Sculptra and Perlane so you should talk to your dermatologist about the differences between each one.

The Case of Botox For Face

Rather than simply filling in the issue, facial botox works to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles by reducing the amount that your muscles move. This is perfect for issues like glabella lines and crows feet, with noticeable effects being enjoyed after just a few days.

Lasting around 4-6 months, the treatment is quite similar to Dysport, but more concentrated and long lasting.

So, Which Is Right For You?

Ok, for dermal fillers to be the option for you, then you’ll have mild wrinkles, possibly including circles under the eyes or sunken cheeks. However, if you’re a smoker or have any severe allergies in your past, it’s likely not a good idea to indulge.

However, for botox to be your most appropriate choice, then you’ll have pronounced wrinkles on the forehead, neck and between your eyes.  As the name would suggest, the botox contains something called botulinum toxin – which is actually a poison – so there are a number of reasons why it might not be for you.

Those reasons include skin infections, pregnancy, nerve issues like Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and any underlying health issues that need to be discussed.

Get the Definitive Answer From Your Dermatologist

However, it’s not always clear cut which is the best option, especially when you’re trying to decide as an untrained customer. So, if you’re wanting a definitive answer about whether facial botox or fillers are the best choice for your needs, then we’d always recommend talking to an expert dermatologist.

During the typical consultation before treatment like this, you’ll be fully examined and assessed by someone who carries out cosmetic enhancements like this all of the time. You can read a hundred blogs like this one trying to determine the suitability of the products out there, but it takes an expert eye to tell the difference.

Even if you plan to treat yourself – which we wouldn’t recommend by the way – you still need to be using the right product, so it’s always a good idea to get a professional view. Whatever you end up having, we hope you get the awesome, youth-promoting results you’re after!