Fat Transfer or Botox?
The younger generations of our time are more concerned with the signs of ageing than any other and evidently they are willing to pay for it. Many go to great lengths to retain their youthful appearances and fight back the signs of wear through elaborate skincare routines and plastic surgery, two things that are now signatures of developed Western and Asian cities. One of the most popular areas to target is those that wrinkle; the forehead, sides of the eyes and around the face. These manage to wrinkle more due to the expressions that they have the capacity to produce and that are repeated day in day out for years on end. Cosmetic surgery has provided many solutions, but arguably the most popular are botox and fat transfer. So what is the difference, and which is most effective for you?
First of all it is important to remember that the treatment should always be specific to your needs. A consultation with a surgeon or advisor with a registered clinic will always be the best option to find out which suits you best, however some preliminary facts about the procedures can help along the way. Fat transfer is the moving of fat cells from one part of the body to the other and requires a surgical procedure for transportation. Most commonly patients move fat from their buttocks or stomach to their foreheads or crows feet area in order to puff out and ‘revive’ the appearance of the skin. This procedure makes best use of the body’s natural resources and is a safe option seeing as no alien elements enter your body.
Botox is the shortened name of Botulinum Toxin A, a toxin that restricts certain muscles so that they are less able to move and therefore wrinkle. Botox can relieve lines but is also seen as a preventative measure for the future as it is often ‘topped up’ over a long period of time. The downsides are upsides of both treatments vary according to who you ask but some are quite obvious. For example, a fat transfer may be a single procedure whereas botox could become more of a commitment. Similarly if you feel like you are strapped for time botox would be the clear option seeing as it can be done in a short session with no anaesthetic.
What is often asked about with these treatments is longevity, which will last the longest for your goals? Reports show that fat transfer is reported to last longer with signs fading after around 6 months and botox having a more variable pattern in this field. Don’t be afraid to call up a surgery and find out for yourself, as your own research could be more valuable than any statistics out there.