As we age, many women and tired moms quickly realize that their appearance, and especially their faces tend to change drastically, especially with the hectic day-to-day lifestyles that many people have. A lot of people often have questions about Botox and Restylane and their pros and cons, but don’t know who to ask. Thankfully, we’ve got some answers for you, especially if you are looking for a quick fix on the fine lines that you’ve been discovering in the mirror lately.
Typically, Botox is an FDA-approved drug that can be used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic issues, including fine lines and wrinkles and excessive sweating. According to Healthline, when getting Botox, your first inclination might be to contact a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. But more often than not you may also see other providers, or even spas, for treatment.
While Botox injections are relatively simple, the treatment still needs to be done by a trained and experienced medical professional. Normally, the process of getting Botox should be quick and simple. Since it’s an injectable treatment, you may feel a little pinch as the needle is inserted into the skin.
The practitioner will make a few injections in your treatment areas, and you will be on your way. Many patients report minimal pain. There may be some initial mild redness, swelling, or bruising, which should resolve quickly. Results themselves appear a few days after the procedure, and last for around three to four months.
Restylane, meanwhile, is a line of hyaluronic acid–based facial fillers that help smooth wrinkles and plump your cheeks and lips. It's typically used in cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and around your mouth. The average Restylane treatment lasts between six and nine months, with lip treatments lasting between three and four months. Restylane is FDA approved and is considered to be a safe method of smoothing skin.
And then there’s the cost: the average cost of Botox treatment is about $550, whereas the cost of hyaluronic acid injectables is about $651, with Restylane in the ballpark of about $750. Both Botox and Restylane are not covered by medical insurance.
With all of that being said, there’s also a third option: simply take what Mother Nature intended you to have. With a well-balanced diet, exercise, and enough sleep and Vitamin D to help you get through your day, chances are that you’ll end up looking your best without burning a hole in your beauty budget. Plus, when it comes to your smile, a lot of people would agree that some things are just priceless.