What is inside Botox and Fillers? The science behind the popular injectables

The results of injections can be so impressive they almost seem magical. However, there’s a science to injecting Botox and fillers that Dr. Munk factors into his technique.

Injections are a popular addition to skincare routines and can even help contribute to the skin’s health, but it’s important to go to someone knowledgeable and certified to administer them. We often get asked about the effectiveness and safety of fillers and Botox, so let’s take a closer look at how and why these treatments work.

Botox

Botox is best known for its ability to reduce wrinkles, but how? Botox is a purified version of the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin. In large amounts, this toxin is just that – toxic. Don’t worry though, the tiny amounts present in Botox are not nearly enough to hurt you! They are just enough to relax smaller muscles. This is why this treatment only works for dynamic wrinkles, also known as “expression lines.” These are wrinkles caused by the movement of facial muscles, like the crease between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, laugh lines, and more. When these muscles are targeted they become temporarily, and safely, relaxed, and thus unable to cause further wrinkles from forming.

Botox is also used for a variety of medical concerns. For example, it can block glands to treat excessive sweating, relax crossed eyes (Strabismus) and eyelid spasms, and alleviate migraines.

Depending on the area and strength of the muscles, the effects of Botox last around three to six months. With repeated use over time, the muscles will require less Botox for the relaxing effect to take place.

Dermal Fillers

While Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles, fillers, well – fill them! Dermal fillers are used to treat static lines, or wrinkles that appear due to skin losing elasticity and volume. They can also volumize areas lacking definition or plumpness. Famously used for lip augmentations, filler is also used to help define cheekbones, provide subtle lift to the cheeks, reduce marionette lines, and more.

So what’s in them? Fillers are a gel made primarily of hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance which appears naturally in the body but lessens as we age. HA, alongside collagen and elastin, is part of what gives skin its healthy and youthful qualities. As it lessens the skin becomes drier and thinner, causing laxity.

Over time HA is naturally broken down by the body, so treatments last about six to 12 months.

Skin Boosters

Unlike dermal fillers, skin boosters don’t add volume to the face but instead add moisture and help nourish the skin. They contribute to a more even and fresh complexion by improving elasticity, hydration, and texture.

Also made primarily of HA, the main difference between skin boosters and fillers is the viscosity of the gel. Skin boosters are more liquidy and can be injected in microdoses around the face for general skin improvement. Effects last around six months.

Now that you understand injections a little better, you will be better able to choose the right treatment for you. At MunkMD Dermatology Clinic, each patient receives a consultation with Dr. Munk and a personal treatment plan based on your facial anatomy and balance and your desired results.

For more info or to book your consult, give us a call at 514-937-2757.

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