Botox vs Hyaluronic Acid: which treatment to choose?

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Botulinum toxin (or Botox, its trade name) is often confused with hyaluronic acid. Many people think that they have the same effect, but it is not quite so. Some members of Top Doctors specialists in Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Mery Lamah , Dr. Amselem and Dr. Moreno , offer the details of both substances and their uses on the skin.

The hyaluronic acid is of natural and permanently on the skin. It is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated, its main function being to retain fluid, filling the dermis from within. However, over the years their concentration decreases, and wrinkles appear. To avoid this effect, creams containing this substance can be applied or it can be injected. When injected, wrinkles and furrows are filled. Dr. Mery Lamah, an aesthetic doctor in Zaragoza, explains in her article that it is a glucose molecule of natural origin whose objective is to bind and absorb water molecules to increase the volume of the face. “Fillers are used to reduce facial wrinkles and / or folds , and also improve the appearance of the lips ”, adds the doctor.

The botulinum toxin (Botox or its trade name) is a toxin that has as objective to paralyze the muscles temporarily. By paralyzing the facial muscles, movements that cause wrinkles , such as those around the eyes or between the eyebrows, are not carried out. Hence, it is injected in small doses where there are wrinkles, to eliminate or attenuate them, and prevent the appearance of new expression lines. It is not a material that fills in wrinkles , so it does not eliminate them by adding volume, but rather acts on the muscles of the face and relaxes them. It works by restoring smoothness and luminosity, with a natural expression. You can trust Botox Injections in Leicester for treatment.

Which areas can be treated with botox and which with hyaluronic acid

Botulinum toxin is indicated to reduce wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. However, Dr. Moreno Luna, an aesthetic doctor in Madrid and also a member of Top Doctors, explains in another article that “it also allows the position of the eyebrows to be slightly modified, raising their position, providing luminosity and making the gaze more attractive. At the same time, other applications of Botox is the treatment of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis in the palms of the hands and feet, or in the armpits ”.

The uses for hyaluronic acid are similar, but not the same. As it is a filler treatment, it reduces wrinkles on the face and fills in other areas, such as the lips. It is especially indicated to eliminate crow’s feet, for example. Dr. Amselem, a Top Doctors member aesthetic doctor, explains in his article that “the crow’s feet area is characterized by being very fine, so the application can be done by means of small particles that are used for superficial injections. The usual treatment is, first, to treat the most marked wrinkle and to go treating the rest ”.

What is the treatment with botox and hyaluronic acid?

Both treatments are quick, and do not last more than 30-45 minutes in consultation. Dr. Moreno assures that the Botox treatment is simple and practically painless, without the need for anesthesia. On hyaluronic acid, Dr. Lamah explains that, prior to the hyaluronic acid injection, “the skin is prepared by cleansing the area and then local or topical anesthesia is applied to numb the area during the process. Treatment is carried out with a fine needle or cannula into the dermis along the edge of the treatment area. This gives the skin a smoother and more youthful appearance ”.

The results will be visible, with both treatments, from two or three days after undergoing the procedure. The durability of Botox is usually between 4 and 6 months, so it will be advisable to repeat it twice a year, more or less. Hyaluronic acid also lasts between six months and a year, according to Dr. Amselem, so its effects are not definitive and there is a “turning back”.

Differences and Similarities Between Botox and Hyaluronic Acid

The main differences between botox and hyaluronic acid are as follows:

Botox paralyzes the muscles and prevents wrinkles produced by such movements. Instead, hyaluronic acid works by injecting the substance, so it fills in the wrinkle.

The botulinum toxin is applied to the facial muscles that we want to relax and the hyaluronic acid directly to the wrinkle.

Botox is usually used in the upper third of the face and hyaluronic acid in the lower third.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that our body produces, so it is completely biocompatible. Botox, on the other hand, is an external protein.

In parallel, both substances have many similarities. First of all, both have a rejuvenating effect, so they can even be applied together, to improve results. On the other hand, both must be applied by a specialist in Aesthetic Medicine who guarantees the desired results. Finally, both substances have a certain duration and are progressively reabsorbed.