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What you need to know about injectable fillers + Botox
People frequently confuse injectables such as Botox with other injectables.
Botox in cosmetic procedures is used to immobilize certain facial muscles.
Facial muscles produce wrinkles.
Botox prevents these muscles from moving and, in some instances, from expressing negative emotions such as frowning.
Generally, what Botox does is to smooth the parts of the face that are not essential for facial expression.
It results in a rested and happier appearance. The effects lasts from 4-6 months and are limited strictly to the area where it was injected. Regular use of Botox injections prevents formation, and worsening, of facial wrinkles.
Injectable fillers, on the other hand, are used to lift folds or improve contour.
They are applied to the areas of the face which thin out with aging such as lips, cheeks, chin, and under the eyes.
There are various types of injectable fillers which differ in their chemical nature as well as the length of their effectiveness.
The most commonly used products today are made out of hyaluronic acid gel, a substance already existing in the human body.
For this reason, no allergy testing is needed. However, serious complications can arise if improperly administered.
You should make sure to choose a doctor with thorough knowledge of facial anatomy as well as the skill to effectively treat complications should they arise.