When fillers can help the ageing process
Many of you may have seen and heard of Botox and fillers but do you actually know the difference? Well Botox is an injected substance, just like fillers, which is injected into the brow, crow’s feet and other areas to paralyse the muscles that make the frown lines and wrinkles. By paralysing the muscle you are no longer able to make the action that leads to the lines and furrows. This leads to a smoothing of the skin and a younger appearance.
Which fillers treat which areas?
Fillers are different and come in different brands which are delivered in different doses and used to treat various areas. One popular area that people have filler injections for is the lips. Injecting filler into the lips gives them a fuller and more plumped up effect. Now if you have just one or two lower dose sessions you can end up with just a slightly enhanced and fuller lip that is natural and just gives you that subtle but satisfactory look. If you however, like many popular celebrities, have too many doses and get carried away you could end up with lips that look swollen and very unnatural. The aim of many enhancing treatments is to help the treated area look natural but younger and to give it a smoother or fuller appearance.
Other popular areas to have treated with fillers are the cheeks and under the eye. If you have very dark circles that make you look old and tired you can choose to have injections to fill them out which will reduce the sagging and lighten up the under eye area. This is less invasive than an eyelift and doesn’t leave the bruising or swelling. In fact you can have it in your lunch break and go back to work again.
Whilst many people have fillers to help slow down or reverse the ageing process some people have fillers to treat the scars left behind by chicken pox. The filler is injected into the skin, filling in the hole and giving the skin a much smoother appearance. They are also great for acne scars if you have deep scarring that you would like to reduce. Unfortunately it is not always possible to get rid of scars completely but fillers help to smooth the skin and make them less noticeable.
How long do fillers last?
Some fillers can last for over a year. Generally they last anything from 4-9 months but this very much depends on the type of filler, the area treated and the size of the use and whether there was an initial dose followed up by another dose shortly after. There are temporary, semi-permanent and permanent fillers available all lasting for different periods of time.
Can you have Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Yes in fact many people have both treatments carried out to give an overall more youthful look to the face. Many people want to get rid of the wrinkles around their eyes and foreheads which is where Botox comes in but then the lines that run down from the side of the nose to the mouth are treated with Dermal Fillers. Having the two together means that you can eliminate more than one issue.
Different types of fillers
There are naturally derived fillers and synthetic fillers – both have different pros and cons and both are good treatments. It is said that the synthetic fillers last longer but then there are those who prefer to have something more natural – especially if it is being injected into their skin. Natural fillers tend to be a more temporary solution – synthetic fillers are actually classed as permanent and as long as the skin doesn’t get overexposed to the sun and is looked after properly they can last up to 5 years.
Which is right for you?
This is not something that can be answered by anyone than a trained professional. It’s like asking what antibiotics you should use for your particular ailment. Only someone who is experienced and knows what they are doing can advise you on the best solutions for you. Before you decide on any course of treatment you should seek professional advice and have a thorough consultation.
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