If you think of cosmetic injection products, Botox was probably the first thing that came to mind five years ago. Today, the market is flooded with new cosmetic injections and fillers – names like Juvederm, Restylane, and Collagen are popping up everywhere. Those considering facial rejuvenation may be confused by the new trends, products, and rumors that are flooding plastic surgeons and their patients.
If you are concerned that Botox may not be as effective as newer injectable products, don’t worry. Among the vast array of products, the number of Botox treatments has steadily increased in recent years and remains an important part of plastic surgery. Most other new fillers like Restylane have also gained popularity, while more natural options like collagen and fat have declined dramatically.
While new options have emerged, the choice of product depends on your aesthetic goals. Botox is not the same substance as Juvederm. Each has its own purpose, its own effects, and its own risks.
Botox is one of the only injectable products that prevents wrinkles from forming in the facial muscles instead of filling them. It is a poison that paralyzes the muscles. Technically, it freezes wrinkles rather than erases them. It should be used sparingly to maintain a natural look. Botox is also used primarily for wrinkles between the eyebrows and on the forehead, smile lines, and crow’s feet.
Restylane is a type of facial filler used for fine lines, acne scars, deep furrows, and lip lifts; Juvederm is similar but more concentrated. This type of filler is suitable for filling hollows in the face and gives a more youthful appearance. However, it does not affect the muscles of the face. It only adds volume, which diminishes after 4 to 8 months. In addition, the effect of Botox is limited and does not last longer than six months.
Prior to the introduction of Botox, collagen and fat were the only means of reducing wrinkles and firming the lips and cheeks. One reason for their recent decline in popularity may be their cost. Collagen is as expensive as other injection methods, while fat is often taken from other parts of the body and injected into the desired area, making it considerably more expensive than many other fillers. The decrease in the number of patients undergoing plastic surgery with fat and collagen may also be due to the media. Brand name fillers are touted everywhere, but only plastic surgeons can advise on collagen and fat.
Trends can help in choosing fillers and injectables, but ultimately, the research and advice of an experienced plastic surgeon should be the deciding factor. Just as fashion and makeup trends change, plastic surgery aesthetics evolve with the times, especially with the rapid changes in cosmetic technology and techniques. Ask your plastic surgeon for advice before choosing a product.
Despite the profusion of new injectable products, the number of Botox treatments has continued to increase in recent years and remains an important component of plastic surgery.
Sara is a freelance writer, linguist, and communications expert in Southern Europe. At age 10, she read a book called “1001 Questions about the Human Body” and has since dedicated her life to breaking down the complexities and myths around the human body like botox injection treatment and the culture surrounding it, especially in relation to mental and physical health. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.