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BOTOX OR HYALURONIC ACID: WHAT TO CHOOSE ACCORDING TO YOUR NEEDS

botox ή υαλουρονικό

The popularity of injectable cosmetic treatments has been growing in popularity for over twenty years. Neurotoxin (botox) is at the top of the options, however fillers with hyaluronic acid are gaining significant ground among women’s preferences. Both of these injectable treatments are among the most popular anti-aging facial rejuvenation options that have very satisfying results in improving wrinkles and more. Many people get confused when talking about neurotoxin (botox) and hyaluronic acid thinking they are the same. If you struggle to decide whether you should choose botox or hyaluronic acid, the answer depends on the needs of each individual skin, as each treatment offers different benefits and results.

Neurotoxin (botox) treatment consists of injecting neurotoxin into specific areas of the face and neck. The specific material works by weakening and temporarily inhibiting muscle mobility, preventing the formation of wrinkles while effectively treating existing ones. Neurotoxin (botox) is best used in areas of facial expression such as the forehead, middle of the brow, crow’s feet, sides of the nose, but also in the neck area, to reduce the action of the platysma which is responsible for the appearance of vertical wrinkles like strings. In the forehead area, it can offer an immediate, non-surgical lift of the eyebrows and forehead as well as effectively correct any asymmetries in the height of the eyebrows. This treatment lasts from 4 to 6 months.

The neurotoxin (botox) works against dynamic wrinkles, without inhibiting the mobility of the face, offering a completely natural and harmonious result. It temporarily and locally inactivates the muscles under expression wrinkles, resulting in their improvement since facial expressions are somewhat limited. In this way, the face acquires a more renewed and youthful appearance. However, neurotoxin (botox) works primarily on expression lines, not static wrinkles caused by collagen loss. The solution to this problem provides hyaluronic acid in the form of fillers.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that exists naturally in every human body, holding up to 1000 times its weight in water. However, over time the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases, with the result that this loss is felt in the facial area. With injectable hyaluronic acid, the lost volume is replenished, hydration and firmness are provided to the skin, while at the same time it is possible to enhance certain features such as the lips and cheekbones. It is indicated for the “filling” of static wrinkles caused by the loss of collagen such as the nasolabial folds, or the vertical lines on the sides of the mouth, but also for wrinkles with intense depth. It is used also with great effectiveness to improve the contour of the face. The lasting power of hyaluronic acid is 6 to 18 months, depending on the case.

The answer to the botox or hyaluronic acid question depends on the needs, special characteristics and age of each interested party. It is worth noting that these two treatments can be combined, with spectacular results. By combining the action of neurotoxin (botox), which reduces muscle movement, and hyaluronic acid, with the application of which deep wrinkles are filled, the skin’s youthful appearance is restored and wrinkles are combated in depth. Ideal areas for the application of the combination of these two treatments are the middle of the forehead, the neck, smoker’s lines on the upper lip, but also the sensitive area around the eyes.

The right choice depends on the areas that concern each individual. Referral to a Plastic Surgeon specialized in the application of aesthetic treatments is extremely important, so that he can evaluate, based on the needs of each patient, what is the best option to achieve the desired result without unpleasant side effects.

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