Over the past two decades, women (and men) have turned to popular anti-wrinkle treatments that reduce the signs of aging without the need for surgery. These come in the form of ‘relaxer’ and ‘filler’ anti-wrinkle injections.
Both these options deliver amazing, natural-looking results but it can be confusing to know the difference between wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers. Take a look at a quick explanation:
Anti-wrinkle injections: Wrinkle Relaxers
The first treatment is a ‘wrinkle-relaxer’, which is more commonly known as Botox. There are other brands use for this treatment such as Dysport and Xeomin. This wrinkle relaxer treatment works by relaxing some of your facial muscles. When the muscle relaxes, your wrinkles will be less noticeable. Results last for several months and can be subtle or dramatic, depending on your preferences.
Treatment with Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin doesn’t take long and is relatively painless. There is not much recovery time required which is why this has become a popular alternative to surgical procedures like facelifts.
Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin are used around the world and generally regarded as very safe as they are only administered in small doses for cosmetic purposes. However, the procedure is not completely risk-free.
Speak to your practitioner about the potential issues your treatment may cause. And take note that doctors generally recommend against using Botox when you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
Below are some before and after photos of wrinkle relaxers:
Anti wrinkle injections: Fillers
The second type of injectable treatment is known as dermal fillers. Fillers can replace lost facial volume and smooth out static wrinkles.
Most dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. This attracts moisture to the targeted areas and keeps your skin looking hydrated and youthful. The most common brand names you will hear that use hyaluronic acid are Restylane, Juvaderm, and Belotero. Other dermal fillers are collagen stimulators such as Sculptra and Radiesse.
Dermal fillers are most often used for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and face as well as to restore facial volume lost through the aging process. You can also use the dermal fillers to enhance or augment your:
Below are some examples of the results you can achieve using fillers:
Some people worry that their dermal fillers will give them that ‘overdone’ look, with too-full, trout-pout lips and puffy cheeks. However, you may actually be surprised to find out how many people walking past you in the street visit their local cosmetic clinic for this type of treatment. When done well, it can minimise dramatic frown lines, ‘marionette’ lines, or smoker’s lines. This creates a visage that looks fresher but not startlingly different.
A good cosmetic practitioner will take your natural features into account when planning your dermal fillers. They will aim for an outcome that is in proportion and enhances your looks rather than dramatically changing them.
Anti wrinkle injections to reverse the signs of aging
Your life is hectic and the last thing you want to worry about is how you look as you get older. And while you want to improve your appearance, it’s understandable that you do not have a lot of time to dedicate to cosmetic treatments.
Fortunately, with Dermal Fillers or Botox, it can be quick and easy to erase some of the most common signs of aging.
With the help of these treatments, you can lessen the appearance of wrinkles and add volume to areas of your face in minutes rather than weeks.
The type of anti-wrinkle treatment that’s recommended for you will depend on your skin, your age, and your desired results. Sometimes, a combination of both is used to achieve a youthful outcome. Talk to your practitioner and ask them to design a treatment plan for you.
How to choose someone to administer your anti-wrinkle treatment
While Botox and dermal fillers are referred to as ‘minimally invasive’, they do require needles and involve some degree of risk.
For this reason, it’s essential that you do your research before choosing a provider. Here are some questions to ask:
– Will my treatment be administered by a medical doctor or a fully qualified nurse?
– How much experience does the person administering my treatment have?
– Does the person administering my treatment spend time researching the latest, most up to date techniques?
– Does the clinic I am planning to visit have a good reputation and a well-established history?
– Will I be offered an initial consultation and follow-up appointment?
– What are the potential side effects of my treatment?
It’s important to remember that these treatments should always be administered by a medical professional. Ideally, they will book you for a consultation first, so they can talk to you about what is involved and make recommendations based on your face and age.
As the saying goes, when you have an anti-wrinkle treatment from an experienced practitioner, ‘People will notice but no-one will know’. You can enjoy comments like “You look well-rested!” and “You seem very relaxed and happy today” without having to give away your secret.