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Within the cosmetic industry, the trend of using the combination non-surgical anti-ageing treatments including Botox and dermal fillers is increasing. Due to its efficacy and safety, it is now considered a winning combination. When the two treatments are used together, they give more natural, longer lasting and more refreshing results.

Why choose a combination approach towards anti-ageing treatment?

Numerous research studies have been conducted on finding the effectiveness of combination injectable anti-ageing treatments in improving the results. A study suggested that the use of combination of dermal fillers and botulinum toxin type A for treating facial ageing give improved outcomes. For the upper portion of the face botulinum toxin A works best for reducing the lines and wrinkles while for central to the mid face the restoration of volume can be successfully achieved through use of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. The combined use of BoNTA and hyaluronic acid fillers give outstanding outcomes.

This points out towards the fact that the use of combination anti-ageing treatment with fillers and botox not just improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines but helps to restore the lost facial volume in the particular facial areas like cheeks, tear trough etc. which is essential for overall facial rejuvenation and youthful appearance.

How Botox works?

Botox actually works by paralyzing the underlying muscles. Every day, we take lots of work from our facial muscles by performing unavoidable tasks such as smiling, laughing, frowning, chewing etc. When you are young, this does not seem to pose any problem because the skin is young, plump and firm which means that it is easy for it to bear the strain that we exert on it. With the passage of time as we age and due to exposure to sunlight, the production of collagen and elastin within skin slows down which makes the skin thin and it loses its firmness.

Botox anti-wrinkle injections limit the movement of target facial muscles which results in giving smooth surface skin. Botox softens the lines but it does not fill up the deep creases and folds in the skin. The treatment works best for the ‘1dynamic wrinkles’ which are still not etched into the skin. It gives outstanding results in the upper facial half like forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. The use of Botox in the lower half of the face and around the mouth is limited because injecting high Botox doses can result in the distortion of facial expressions and movement of mouth. It also does not have plumping effect as that of fillers. Dermal Fillers work best for the area around the mouth, lips and nose.

How fillers work?

The most commonly and widely used fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is present in the skin tissues and it is possible to replicate it, cosmetically. When fillers are injected into the facial area, they give a plumping effect by filling the deep set wrinkles and lines. They help in restoring the lost facial volume giving a youthful appearance. They particularly work best for the deeper lines and wrinkles like those that appear around the nasolabial folds and mouth and also to restore the natural volume of lips.

How combination anti-ageing treatment of Botox and dermal fillers work?

Though Botox and Dermal fillers treatment do give results as standalone treatments but when they are combined, their results are enhanced further and perform dual function giving remarkably natural and youthful appearance.

While dermal fillers give a plump and volume to the face, reduce the gaunt look, skin sagging and fill the deep lines and wrinkles, the botox anti-ageing injections paralyses the movement of muscles preventing the further formation of wrinkles and lines. In this manner, it offers a dual solution by addressing the existing skin woes and acting as a preventive treatment against further worsening.

The use of Botox with dermal fillers acts as a complimentary mode combining relaxation of muscles with volume enhancement. In addition to the fillers used for restoring facial volume, Botox is used for adjusting the height of brow smoothing forehead lines and nasolabial folds, crow’s feet around the eyes and for resetting the contours of face. This combined anti-ageing treatment produce remarkably natural, beautiful and rejuvenated results without giving an unnatural appearance.

The dermal fillers treatment follows the botox treatment with a gap of few weeks because if the fillers treatment is done before the Botox treatment it may not provide longer lasting results as the muscles underneath the filler will not stop contracting. This will not allow the filler to settle properly because it is a soft gel. So it is better to do the Botox injections first followed by dermal fillers treatment in few weeks time. In this way Botox helps in prolonging the effects of the dermal fillers.

Concluding remarks

By combining the use of dermal fillers and Botox for anti-ageing treatment, can produce more natural, youthful and younger looking results. The combined treatment also gives longer lasting results as compared to standalone treatments.

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