WHAT ARE FILLERS
As we age, the body's ability to produce adequate levels of natural hyaluronic acid diminishes along with collagen and elastin. Combined with changes in bone structure and the loss of fat pads in the face, this acts to give the appearance of drier, wrinkled and saggy skin.
Effectively, everything slides south.
Dermal fillers are substances that mimic the body's own natural hyaluronic acid to restore volume, hydrate and plump up the tissues in the skin. They can be used in almost any area of the face.
Typical areas treated
Nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds)
Smoker's lines (around the mouth)
Marionette lines (around the corners of the mouth)
Back of hands
WHAT IS BOTOX
Botox is a trade name for purified Botulinum Toxin A and is used cosmetically for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. Other popular trade names you might be familiar with include Dysport and Bocouture. They are all forms of wrinkle- smoothing agents.
Purified Botulinum Toxin A has been used in medicine for many years for the treatment of conditions such as cerebral palsy, migraine, urinary incontinence, certain eye conditions and depression. It is only recently that its enormous benefits in a cosmetic sense have been discovered. It is also licensed for the treatment of excessive sweating under the arms and the groin area.
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles (as seen in the very young) are caused by the action of muscles under the skin. Static wrinkles (the permanent ones) develop in response to a combination of biological years and genetics. Both are exacerbated by sun damage, smoking and lifestyle.