Botox or Fillers: Which Should You Consider?
Remember those days you could easily tell when someone got Botox because her (frozen) face yielded the same look whether she laughed, cried, or smiled? That’s all changed as the technology behind Botox has improved greatly in the last decade. “Botulinum toxins like Botox or Dysport have become better and innovative. Their use is no longer limited to just wrinkles,” says Dr. Windie Villarica-Hayano, managing director of The Skin Inc. Dermatology and Laser Clinic. “Today, we use it to also reshape the face and muscles, treat excessive sweating, make pores smaller, cause dermal lifting, and even get rid of tension headaches.”
"At present, there is no cream on the planet that can do what Botox does."
Botox and fillers are as great together as a Birkin bag and the silk scarf wrapped around its handles. Both are statements on their own, but make
So while innovation allows phenomenal results, having the right doctor perform it is still part of the equation. An experienced doctor, for instance, would know better than to inject Botox or fillers in areas that
"Dermatology is beyond aesthetics. Health and beauty go hand in hand."
Finally, lasers and light technology like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and other new platforms like radiofrequency and high-intensity focused ultrasound are game changers in the arena of anti-aging too. “They have allowed dermatologists to resurface, remodel, tighten, and lift skin, improving texture, removing pigmentation and even unwanted veins non-invasively,” explains Hayano.
As for us, we’re convinced that no topical cream can work wonders as much and as fast as lasers—we had a
A run-through of the latest non-invasive anti-aging technologies in Manila.
This laser used for treating tattoos, deep pigmentation, and birthmarks without causing wounds. “The laser beams coming out of its gold hand piece can also treat inflammatory acne, facial flushing, rosacea, vascular dermal melasma, post-treatment redness, and even post-acne redness,” says Hayano.
Dr. Skin Machine
This powerful yet gentle platform exfoliates with its microdermabrasion tip. “After gently removing the dull superficial layer of the skin, it stimulates muscles through mild electrical current,” explains Hayano. “By doing so, we can deliver active ingredients in our special serums more efficiently and effectively into the skin.”
1064 Nanometer Revival
Take facials to new heights. The long laser pulses induce a thermal effect increasing levels of homogenized collagen in the skin. This leads to skin rejuvenation, smaller and tighter facial pores while reducing oiliness and inflammation. Treatments are pleasant, fast, and extremely effective.
THE DOCTOR IS IN
A quick chat with Dr. Windie Hayano of the Skin Inc. on the gratifying practice of making people beautiful.
What procedures gratify you the most?
Kids suffering from heavy acne have a special place in my heart. I love it when I see the transformation. I also love what Botox and fillers allow me to do. They are game changers and the effects are immediate.
What is your core treatment philosophy?
I tend to be conservative, but I do look for areas where I can help my patients improve to make them better versions of themselves. I also want them to look very natural because when it comes to injectables, a little can go a long way. A millimeter can separate you between perfection and disaster.
How do you make sure your practice is up to date?
We are a group practice and we are very heavy on training. I travel at least three times a year to hone my skills. My other partner, Dr. Sandy Tan, is an international speaker and teacher on all things laser so he travels more often. This allows us to sit through the barrage of information and advertising.
What dermatological myths do you wish to debunk?
First, I think the biggest myth is thinking that you can rely on skincare products alone. They’re great, don’t get me wrong. I would advocate and use them. But I also recommend that you do something outside of that.
Second, you are better off having Botox injections on your own lines rather than relying on that $500 cream. At present, there is no cream on the planet that can do what Botox does. It can’t do it in three months and definitely not in seven days. None. Zilch.
Third, yes, you look good in a tan but sorry, there is no safe way to tan. Stay out of the sun. Period. Lastly, I hope people will not dismiss dermatology and its subspecialty of aesthetics as just a matter of vanity. Dermatology is beyond aesthetics. We do take care of disease. Health and beauty go hand in hand.
The Skin Inc. Dermatology and Laser Clinic is at Tritan Plaza, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati; 853.3024; skininc.ph.