What are the differences between Neurotoxins (Dysport, Botox) and Fillers:
Have you been considering getting neurotoxin or filler but are unsure which one is right for you? In this post, we will share a few differences between the two.
What is a Neurotoxin and how does it work?
Dysport/Botox injections use a purified form of botulinum toxin which is produced by a certain type of bacteria. These injections temporarily reduce underlying muscle activity that causes moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. Some people worry they won’t look natural with neurotoxins. This is a myth. The purpose is to make your skin look more youthful and natural – just with fewer wrinkles.
When does it start working and how long does it last?
Dysport/Botox injections begin to work within a few days. You will not see the full effect until 14 days. It is not a permanent injectable treatment. For most people, the injections last approximately 3-4 months at which time you will notice an increase in muscle movement.
What are fillers and how do they work?
Over time, we lose hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring sugar in the body. At our clinic, we use the Restylane portfolio of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. These can be tailored to achieve the results you want. With filler, we can enhance the shape and definition for a balanced appearance or to improve natural contours. We are able to smooth away and soften lines, wrinkles and folds. By volumizing, we can restore the shape to the face and add fullness and definition.
What to expect during a consultation and treatment?
A consultation is a must prior to any treatment – this can take place at the same appointment. Even if you have had neurotoxins or filler previously, we will still review your medical history, discuss your goals and expectations and complete an assessment of your facial anatomy. We will inform you of all the potential risks and what to expect from your results. You may have some mild bruising, redness, or tenderness at the injection site. This will all be discussed at your consultation.
How long will my appointment take? Typically, you can plan to be at our clinic for 30-60 minutes depending on what you decide to have for injectables. For subsequent neurotoxin appointments, it can be done in approximately 15 minutes. This can be done during your lunch break! Filler appointments are usually booked for 1 hour, including subsequent ones. We encourage all injectable clients to book a 2 week follow up to evaluate results.