Dr. Tiller is an expert in the field of Botox and facial fillers and he provides answers to find out exactly how they work and differ, and the important questions to ask before considering treatment. Keep reading to find out which is best for you…
‘Botox’ is the short name for botulinum toxin. It is called a ‘toxin’ because in very high quantities it can act as a ‘neurotoxin’ in the body, blocking the action of certain nerve types. In medicine, this toxin has been refined and tiny doses of the original toxin can be injected into areas where it is desirable to block the action of some nerves, for example in the tiny muscles of the eye, for squints, or in the bladder for hyperactive muscle.
Effects can last between 3-6 months, depending on the individual.
‘Dermal fillers’ are a group of injectable medical products designed to add volume to tissues. There are many different types of fillers, such as hyaluronic acid fillers (the most common type), collagen-stimulating fillers (such as sculptra) and permanent fillers. Fat transfer might also be considered a ‘filler’.
Generally speaking, fillers can be injected into areas to replace lost volume and revitalise the skin. There are many different consistencies and forms of fillers, for use in different areas, and the technology is improving rapidly.
Results usually last for 18 months, but can be reversed before that time.