The biggest misconception about Botox and fillers
This week we’re talking about a hot topic that crops up daily in clinic and frequently in my DMs too…Botox and filler. So today I thought I’d break-down what these cosmetic procedures are, how they work and the biggest misconception about them.
So without further ado, let’s start with Botox....
Botox is a purified toxin that comes from bacteria and when injected, it blocks nerve signals to your muscles. When these signals are interrupted, the muscles become temporarily paralysed meaning you cannot make the facial expressions you once did.
It’s for this reason that Botox can only treat dynamic wrinkles that are caused by movements such as frowning, squinting and smiling and lasts approximately 3-4 months.
Fillers on the other hand, are substances designed to be injected beneath the surface of your skin to add volume and fullness. They are made from many different components ranging from hyaluronic acid to mineral-like compounds found in bones.
They treat various signs of ageing such as thinning lips, deep jowls and dropped jawlines and can last anywhere from 6 months to 2+ years, depending on the selected product.
So now we understand what these cosmetic procedures are and how they function, here’s THE biggest misconception about them…
This means that even if the cosmetic procedures are exceptional, without treating your skin too, it will continue to age and inevitably appear dull and tired on the surface… Not quite the look we were going for.
It’s for this reason it’s crucial to follow a complete skincare routine like our Proactive Age Kit whether you’re having medical injections, or not. It’s designed to treat all aspects of skin ageing such as fines lines, pigmentation, enlarged pores, dehydration and dark circles, which Botox and filler can’t do alone. This is why I always recommend a skincare first philosophy.
Before I sign off, it’s also my duty to mention that safety should always be your top priority if you’re considering any form of cosmetic procedure. If Botox or filler treatments are performed incorrectly, they can have life changing consequences. So please always make sure you see a registered medical professional such as a doctor, dentist or nurse for any appointments.
Amy is a qualified skin expert and founder of BASE. When she’s not writing about skincare, you’ll find her applying it, developing it or daydreaming about it instead!