Which Cosmetic Injectables are better for reducing wrinkles? – botox or filler?
Anti Wrinkle Agents like Botox and Dermal Fillers like Restylane are sometimes interchangeably called “injectables”. These are ‘non-surgical’ methods for treating fine lines and wrinkles or facial skeletal atrophy (lost volume or hollowing of the face in certain areas). So which is better – Botox vs Filler?
- quick results
- minimal discomfort
- little if any downtime
- eradicating wrinkles that stem from repeated facial expression
- frown lines
- squinting/crow’s feet
What Are Anti-Wrinkle Agents – like Botox?
neurotoxins work by temporarily relaxing the underlying facial muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract. When properly injected, with these muscles relaxed, patients can smile, frown, or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases.
What are Dermal Fillers – like Restylane?
Dermal fillers have become one of the most popular tools in the fight against aging. Today, there are many different kinds of dermal fillers, each with the ability to treat various signs of aging like volume loss, overly thin lips, and fine lines and wrinkles. Instead of relaxing facial muscles like Botox, dermal fillers work by adding temporary volume under the skin in order to fill wrinkles and plump the skin.
The Cosmetic Injectables – Neurotoxins and Fillers
Anti Wrinkle Injectables (AWIs) and dermal fillers are sometimes discussed interchangeably as “injectables”, which are great non-surgical methods for treating fine lines and wrinkles. These products are well known by the drug companies proprietary names but due to government regulations, we can’t use those words here.
These TWO treatments share some similarities: they have the power to create quick and dramatic results, with relatively no pain and no downtime.
Fillers and AWIs, however, are very different in terms of how they work and which types and severity of wrinkles they treat.
About Anti Wrinkle Injectables – like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin
There are several different Anti Wrinkle Injectables available. Among various uses, these products are effective at eradicating wrinkles that stem from repeated facial expression including frown lines and crow’s feet.
Using low doses of a purified protein, the AWIs work by temporarily relaxing the underlying facial muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract. When properly injected, with these muscles relaxed, patients can smile, frown, or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases.
About Dermal Fillers – like Restylane, Perlane etc
Dermal fillers have become one of the most popular tools in the fight against a sagging and ageing face. Today, there are MANY different kinds of dermal fillers, each with the ability to treat various signs of aging like volume loss, overly thin lips, and fine lines, and wrinkles.
Instead of relaxing facial muscles like AWIs, dermal fillers work by adding temporary volume under the skin in order to fill wrinkles and plump the skin.
About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon
Practice locations in Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Remuera, Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga
Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years. With world-wide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women.
Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Remuera, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.
Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.
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- Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
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What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
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- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
- Email us or Call on 09 529 5352 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
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