About Face with Tasha Oskey: Botox and Fillers

Written by Tasha Oskey

I’m sad to say we have come to the end of our noninvasive series. I hope you have enjoyed reading these columns as much as I have enjoyed writing them. For the final column, I will be tackling Botox and fillers. Out of all the treatments I have written about these are arguably the most popular to have done.

Many people think Botox and fillers are the same thing but they are not. Botox is actually made up of botulinum toxin and it’s mainly used to treat and prevent wrinkles. It also can be used to treat migraines and some other health issues. Most of the time Botox is injected into the forehead to help reduce frown lines or prevent ones from forming. It actually freezes the muscles in place so they don’t form into wrinkles. That’s why sometimes you’ll hear someone say he or she has a “frozen” looking face. Usually that means they’ve gone overboard with the Botox! The effects from Botox usually last three to six months. It has become so common to get Botox injections that you’ll hear about being able to get it done by anyone who has a medical license. I must caution you on this! Just because they may have a medical license doesn’t mean they have the experience or know how to administer it correctly. It is better to get it done at a dermatologist office or a medical spa where they have licensed individuals who are trained properly on how to do it.

Now you know what Botox is and what it does so let’s move on to fillers. There are many different kinds of fillers but I will be focusing on the most common ones. The main difference between Botox and fillers is Botox relaxes the muscle under the wrinkle whereas fillers will fill in the wrinkles, fine lines, or places on the face where there is a lack of volume. You can get them to plump up lips, cheeks, chin, and even the jawline. The most popular type of fillers is the hyaluronic acid filler. This kind of filler also has the least amount of side effects. Some of the brand name hyaluronic acid fillers are called Juvederm and Restylane. These usually last anywhere from six months to a year and the more often you do it the less you will need over time.

Synthetic wrinkle fillers is another kind that has become popular because of its long lasting effects. Some name brands of this kind are Radiesse and Sculptra. Because of the longer lasting results there is a greater risk of side effects such as redness, bruising, and swelling. Sometimes bumps can form under the skin as well. Also, it is even more imperative you go to a doctor to get these types of fillers because on rare occasions people have been disfigured. Some other types of fillers are collagen and autologous fillers. Collagen fillers are not as popular because the effects don’t last as long. However, the results are more natural looking and the side effects are very rare. With the autologous fillers, a doctor takes fat from somewhere on your body and injects it to the place you want it to go. This can be a very expensive process because your extracting the fat and then injecting it so it’s more time consuming. It is important to remember with any of these fillers you always run the risk of having a reaction to the process so please go to a place where they are medically licensed and trained to do these procedures. It might be more expensive but if you want it done correctly then it’s worth it!

As my noninvasive series comes to a close, I hope I was able to shed some light on these types of procedures from chemical peels to fillers. Most of these treatments are on the pricey side so it is important to go to a licensed professional to get any of these done. Please be consistent with a good skincare regimen, including sunscreen, so you really get the most out of these treatments. For now this is my last column on noninvasive treatments but it might not be for long because there are always new treatments coming out.

About Face with Tasha is a regular column devoted to all things pertaining to beauty and skincare. Tasha Oskey is a Licensed Esthetician and Skincare Specialist at Massage Envy in uptown Mt. Lebanon.

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