When it comes to keeping one’s youthful looks, maintenance like Botox and Dermal fillers are the secret to success. Today, the move to be younger looking goes beyond just creams and facials. To make sure that the changes are lasting and have the desired impact, it is important to discuss your options with a trusted medical professional with experience and expertise in this area.
Although there is a plethora of options, surgical and non-surgical, the non-surgical options such as Botox and dermal fillers are both popular and convenient, which doctors and clients alike choose to use to keep their skin looking plump and smooth.
What is Botox?
As a term, Botox has been thrown around to refer to an injection that people get to enhance the look of their skin. In essence, Botox is short for botulinum toxin type A. It is made from a neurotoxin produced by bacteria.
Botox’s primary effect is it reduces muscle activity. For cosmetic reasons, Botox is often used to smooth crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines between the brows. The effects of Botox may be temporary (most patients would need to return for a touch up after about three to four months), but dramatic. When being administered by a trained medical professional, it is placed at one area at a time.
Because of the nature of Botox, it is always best to consult with an experienced medical expert in its administration. At the hands of the wrong person, Botox can cause undesired effects, making it important to trust only qualified professionals when having this administered.
Botox vs. Dermal Fillers
If Botox or neurotoxins reduce muscle movement, dermal fillers, as the name suggests, fill areas of the skin with HA, or hyaluronic acid. It also stimulates collagen growth. Collagen is a natural compound that your body produces to make your skin elastic. It is all about putting volume and elasticity back into your skin.
The reason dermal fillers work is simple: young, healthy skin actually contains an abundance of hyaluronic acid and collagen. Dermal fillers safely and effectively replace the hyaluronic acid that your skin has lost and boost collagen production, making it look plump and smooth again. It brings back water to the surface of the skin, filling in lines and hollow areas that age you.
Both hyaluronic acid and collagen decrease with age. You start to lose them gradually by the time you reach your 20s, but the effect becomes more obvious in your 30s or 40s, where the lack of hyaluronic acid and collagen lead to the appearance of sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
In general, dermal fillers can be used to achieve the following:
- Increase volume in your lips
- Smooth away nasolabial folds or smile lines
- Plump up your cheeks
- Get rid of upper lip wrinkles
- Treat marionette lines, or the vertical lines that run from the corners of your lips down to the sides of your chin.
Different Brands of Dermal Fillers and What They Do
Dermal fillers come in different brands, such as:
Juvederm – adds fullness to the lips
Voluma – restores volume in cheeks and smooths parentheses lines
Radiesse – improves wrinkles and folds around the mouth, and nasolabial folds
Belotero – improves lines and wrinkles around the mouth, chin wrinkles, and nasolabial folds
Restylane – improves cheek and smile lines, upper lip lines, and marionette lines
Restylane Lyft – increases volume and definition in the cheeks
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