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20 January 2024

Hyaluronic acid vs botox

Hyaluronic acid has established itself as a true ally of youth and skin beauty, whether in cosmetics or aesthetic medicine, in the skin or by injection. More and more creams and serums are extolling the merits of this active ingredient, but confusion persists with botox. What a difference ? What does what? 

Hyaluronic acid VS botox

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a molecule naturally present in the human body, forming an integral part of the connective tissue of the extracellular matrix, joints, skin and synovial fluid of the joints. It is a glycosaminoglycan, a hydrophilic substance that has the ability to retain water to an astonishing level. In other words, hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge, capable of retaining and maintaining a significant amount of water or filling in a wrinkle.

In orthopedics

Hyaluronic acid has multiple benefits depending on its crosslinking, molecular weight, product formulation and use. First of all, from a strictly medical point of view, it can be used for viscosupplementation-or-infiltration-of-hyaluronic-acid" data-mce-fragment="1">viscosupplementation or injection of hyaluronic acid at the joint level in cases of osteoarthritis, for example. A doctor can perform a hyaluronic acid treatment like these to “rejuvenate” the synovial fluid.

For deep hydration or skin booster

To revitalize the skin and regain a radiant complexion, it is possible to opt for a skin booster, which will not only attract and retain water within the skin barrier, providing prolonged hydration, but also, by penetrating deep into the skin, stimulate collagen. Collagen is an essential protein that contributes to the firmness and elasticity of the skin, promoting a more youthful appearance.

Thus, the skin is deeply and lastingly hydrated, it is smoother, and regains a youthful texture and a radiant complexion.

To prevent fine lines

An injection of low-crosslinked, high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid into the dermis can help prevent the first appearance of fine lines, filling in the first signs of aging, and delaying skin aging. 

 

Did you know ?

It is estimated that hyaluronic acid and collagen naturally present in the body begin to decrease from the age of 30.

For filling wrinkles or dermal fillers

Hyaluronic acid injection is an effective and popular solution for filling wrinkles. Acting as a natural filler, it infiltrates areas where skin has lost volume over time, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its ability to retain water and revitalize skin tissues provides immediate results, giving the skin a smoother and rejuvenated appearance. This practical and minimally invasive method of wrinkle filling offers an effective way to restore lost volume and achieve a natural, revitalized appearance, while avoiding the need for facelifts, lasers and surgery.

Different areas of the face are popular for filling or smoothing expression lines, on the forehead, frown lines, next to the eyes, crow's feet, or even nasolabial folds... 

It is possible to perform an injection with a doctor, an aesthetic doctor or in an aesthetic clinic. The duration of treatment varies between 6 to 24 months depending on the product used.

For volume creation

In some cases, hyaluronic acid injections can be an alternative to surgery, such as medical rhinoplasty.

To correct the hump or hollow of the nose, the aesthetic doctor will make a small injection on the bridge of the nose. If there is a hollow, he will fill it, if there is a bump, he will make a small injection above it to give a visual effect of a straighter edge. If you want a more trumpet nose, he can perform a slight injection at the tip of the nose.

Or, at the lips:

Hyaluronic acid injections into the mouth represent a popular method for restoring youth and facial harmony, carefully used to target fine lines around the lips, bitterness folds and to redefine the lip contour.

By offering a subtle filling, it softens unwanted lines while providing hydration and vitality to the labial region. This delicate approach achieves natural and aesthetically balanced results, making hyaluronic acid injections a popular option for revealing the natural beauty of the oral area.

Fun fact: it is possible to create a cushion under the foot with hyaluronic acid, to cushion the foot, especially if you frequently wear heels. It's called a lob job .

What is botox?

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is an increasingly popular non-surgical cosmetic option for reducing dynamic wrinkles. By acting on the muscles responsible for repetitive facial movements, Botox temporarily blocks nerve signals, thereby reducing muscle contraction and softening associated wrinkles. Mainly used for forehead wrinkles, crow's feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows, Botox offers a smooth and rejuvenated result. This method, quick and without downtime, is appreciated for its effectiveness in the treatment of expression lines, while preserving the natural expression of the face. It should be noted that Botox differs from hyaluronic acid, acting specifically on muscles for a distinct anti-wrinkle effect. Before opting for this procedure, a consultation with a healthcare professional is essential to discuss the expectations and benefits of this cosmetic approach.

Hyaluronic acid VS botox

When it comes to choosing between hyaluronic acid and Botox, two popular cosmetic approaches, it is crucial to understand their differences and specific applications. Hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body, is often used for wrinkle filling and deep hydration of the skin. Injected in gel form, it restores lost volume, reduces wrinkles and improves skin elasticity.

On the other hand, Botox, or botulinum toxin, works by temporarily blocking nerve signals to target muscles, thereby reducing the muscle contraction responsible for expression lines. Mainly used for forehead wrinkles, crow's feet and frown lines, Botox offers a smoothing and rejuvenating effect.

In summary, hyaluronic acid is favored for wrinkle filling and hydration, while Botox is specifically designed to smooth dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. Choosing between the two depends on one's specific aesthetic goals and can be discussed in detail with a healthcare professional for a personalized approach.

In addition, botulinum toxin has an indication for preventing wrinkles, and is only available with a prescription. 

In conclusion, hyaluronic acid and Botox are emerging as distinct and powerful solutions in the field of cosmetics and aesthetic medicine. Hyaluronic acid, present naturally in our body, offers remarkable versatility, from filling wrinkles to restoring youthful joints. Its applications, such as injections for deep hydration, wrinkle filling, and even volume creation, make it a companion of choice for those seeking a natural and revitalized appearance.

On the other hand, Botox, with its targeted action on the muscles responsible for expression lines, offers a quick and effective solution to reduce the signs of aging. It is important to emphasize that these two approaches differ significantly in their mode of action, and the choice between the two depends on the specific aesthetic goals.

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