The price of dermal cosmetic products varies with the cosmetic doctor, location, and type of product used, among other factors. This article discusses the cost of Botox and Filler products.
Botox and fillers offer immediate and long-lasting results with minimal side effects or complications. Patients use botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers to lessen the signs of aging or make their facial features more pronounced. Wrinkles and skin sagging are the main signs of aging. The skin develops wrinkles and becomes saggy once collagen and elastin production reduces. Collagen is responsible for skin structure and elasticity. Some patients may want to reconstruct an inborn facial asymmetry like hollow eyes or mask the effect of an accident. Dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections may only sometimes give the anticipated results. In this regard, the patients must have prior knowledge of the procedure to manage their expectations.
What are Botox and Fillers?
Botulinum toxin injection, commonly known as Botox, is a cosmetic injection that blocks nerve signals to the muscles; the injected muscles cannot contract. Botox injections can smooth fine lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, fillers are non-surgical cosmetic substances injected into facial tissues to address signs of aging and inborn deformities and scars injury or inborn. The botulinum toxin injections and fillers are purely for cosmetic purposes.
Cost of Botox and Fillers
The cost of botulinum products and fillers depends on the type used. A syringe of Botox or a filler ranges from £100 to £ 350. The cosmetic doctor’s experience, location, treatment area, treatment areas, and the number of injections determine the cost of doing Botox and fillers. Long-lasting Botox and fillers are pricy than short-lived ones. The price of a simple botulinum injection is not the same as a complex one. Medical covers do not include cosmetic procedures, which makes them even pricier.
Types of Fillers
According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is a gooey, slippery substance found in joints, skin, and eyes; it helps joints move smoothly and keep the skin hydrated. As filler, it helps plump thin lips, improve volume, and treat wrinkles.
Polylactic acid dissolves into the body to trigger collagen production. Polylactic acid results are not instant like the other fillers, but you can notice the results after a few weeks.
Polyalkylimide filler is temporal filler that does not react with the body. After a Polyalkylimide filler, a collagen layer forms around it. The filler treats volume loss and wastage because a single injection can deliver a high volume.
According to Shirshakova et al. (2020), calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like substance found in bones and enamel. Calcium hydroxylapatite filler is a biosynthetic product this helps minimize allergic reactions. Calcium hydroxylapatite can treat wrinkles and scars and redefine lip lines and borders.
Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)
PMMA is a more long-lasting solution to deep wrinkles than collagen replacement therapy. PMMA is injected in small doses until the desired results are achieved.
Procedures for Botox and Fillers
At the office, the cosmetic doctor will examine your face and map the treatment areas to help determine the results. The results will depend on the cosmetic doctor and the type of filler; thus, they will differ from what others have.
A nurse will clean the mapped area with an anti-bacterial agent before applying a topical anesthetic. The process is not painful, but you will initially feel some discomfort.
Finally, the cosmetic doctor will inject the mapped areas with the filler of your choice and massage the treated area to align the filler for the desired results.
After cleaning, the cosmetic doctor will inject your facial muscles with the anti-wrinkle injection at different points depending on the area treated. You can notice its results after a few days and the full effect after two to three weeks.
Uses of Botox
Botulinum toxin injection treats crow’s feet, sagging mouth lines, frown lines, forehead creases, and dropping brows. The results may differ among cosmetic doctors.
Side Effects and Complications of Botox and Fillers
Botox and filler procedures are safe with minor side effects and rare complications. According to Diwan et al. (2020), bruising, swelling, and slight pain are the major side effects of dermal cosmetic products. These side effects should last up to a week. Infection, lumps and pumps, and allergic reactions are common complications with the fillers, but they rarely occur if a qualified practitioner conducts the procedure. Only cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners should do the procedure to minimize complications.
How Long Do Botox and Fillers Last?
Botox lasts two to four months, depending on the type of injection. In contrast, the filler injections could last between 6 and 18 months.
FAQs about Botox and Fillers
How Long Do Fillers Take to Settle?
Fillers have immediate results, which keep improving as the fillers settle. Fillers take two to three weeks to settle.
Can You Redo Botox?
Yes, you can redo the anti-wrinkle injections after a few months. Botulinum toxin injection wears off. Redoing the injection helps maintain your look.
How Long After Fillers Can You Apply Makeup?
Applying makeup exerts pressure on the face tissues; the pressure can dislocate the fillers. Consult your cosmetic practitioner before wearing makeup after the fillers if unsure of the outcome.
Can You Take Alcohol After Botox and Fillers?
Alcohol is a blood thinner and causes dehydration. Avoid alcohol after botulinum toxin injection for the first 48 hours.
The price of Botox or fillers depends on the type of filler used. The cost of botulinum or fillers varies from one cosmetic doctor to another, depending on the doctor’s experience and location. The complexity of the treatment area and the number of syringes also determine the price. Fillers have immediate results, unlike botulinum toxin injections, which take a few days to manifest. The botulinum toxin and fillers have minor side effects, like bruising, swelling, and slight pain, which go away after a few days. Complications with cosmetic products are rare if done by a qualified cosmetic doctor.
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