Among the many cosmetic procedures out there, injections are certainly the most well-known and the most frequently employed. Popularized by celebrities, botulinum toxin, the famous Botox®, is the star product for counteracting the signs of aging. However, in recent years, hyaluronic acid has been challenging that leading role.

In fact, these two substances are the top competitors in the anti-aging market. Both products have already been proven to be effective and both offer the undeniable advantage of not requiring surgery. It seems only natural that they should be rivals, but their differences and applications remain unclear in the eyes of many.

So between Botox® and hyaluronic acid, how do you make an informed choice? Which one is best for your particular needs?

The key question is whether to relax or replump

What fundamentally distinguishes Botox® from hyaluronic acid?

Made from a toxin secreted by a bacterium, Botox® is a muscle relaxer used to soften the appearance of expression lines. Its smoothing effect helps restore radiance to the skin. Generally used on the uppermost third of the face to eliminate crow’s feet, furrows and frown-lines, it’s injected in the muscle, causing a sensation of paralysis, which you’ve probably heard about. But not to worry: this is only temporary.

On the other hand, hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally present in the body, is injected directly into lines and wrinkles. Generally used on the lower two thirds of the face, it hydrates and replumps the deep layers of the skin, counteracting the natural sagging that occurs with age. Its growing popularity among practitioners is largely explained by its versatility. Hyaluronic acid injections can fill in the nasolabial folds, redefine the oval of the face, restore volume in the cheekbones, soften the folds around the mouth and augment or replump the lips.

In the case of both Botox® and hyaluronic acid, the results are almost immediate. All in all, side effects are minimal, although they may include reddening, swelling and bruising in certain individuals. But these reactions are relatively rare and shouldn’t be a great cause for concern.

Both techniques produce fairly long-lasting results, as Botox® treatments only need to be repeated every six months on the average, while hyaluronic acid treatments only need to be repeated every year or two, depending on the area injected.

For lip augmentation, consider hyaluronic acid

Lip augmentation has been a popular procedure for many years, yet many still wrongly believe that it is performed by injecting Botox® into the lips. However, in this area, hyaluronic acid is definitely the king of treatments. It’s not only quick, reliable and effective but also progressive. You can choose to have injections in only one lip for a more subtle effect, giving you time to get used to the change.

The average price for this procedure ranges from $300 to $550. If you’re thinking about having it done, take the time to inform yourself and make sure you choose a reputable practitioner.

Choosing a specialist for Botox or hyaluronic acid injections

Dr. Mario F. Bernier is a specialist in lip augmentation and rejuvenating injections in Laval. Aware of the bad press these techniques have received, largely through the excesses frequently shared on the internet, he has restored their dignity through his patience, explanations and compassion. Qualities that are very appreciated by his clientele, who never fail to express their satisfaction, whether with the treatment or with the results, which often surpass their expectations.

Whether you’re looking to counteract the effects of aging or to rejuvenate or retouch your face, the professionals at Mario F. Bernier’s Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine Clinic can guide you toward the best treatment to satisfy your particular needs.