Botox & Fillers
According to the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service (IHAS), about 200,000 anti-wrinkle injections, which includes Botox and dermal fillers, are carried out in the UK each year.
Botox, also known as Dysport, and Dermal fillers are often used together to achieve the best results for individuals but what is the difference between the two?
Botox is often used to treat wrinkles around the eye and forehead. Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. The effects last about three to four months.
In addition to being used as an anti-wrinkle treatment Botox is used to:
- Aid severe underarm sweating
- Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
- Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus – misaligned eyes
Dermal fillers are used to plump facial features like the lips, cheeks and chins that may have sagged due to ageing. Chemical substances are injected into the skin. Those substances attract water to the area and some also encourage collagen formation which then leads to the ‘plumping effect’ being achieved.
The most common side effects of Botox and dermal fillers can be;
- Skin discoloration
- Viral and bacterial infection
- Redness and swelling at the site of injection
- Allergic reactions, lumps under the skin
- Skin ulceration in the injected part
- Drooping or muscle weakness
- Inability to blink where too much Botox has been injected into the eyelid area
- Drooling where Botox has been injected around the mouth area
- Flu Like symptoms
- Stomach upsets
You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered prolonged skin irritation or infections to the area treated or have suffered from any of the other problems listed above