Somewhere in our hearts, we are all a little vain and we all want to look good at all times and in our bid to look young and beautiful for a longer time, we are willing to go the distance. So, when the first signs of aging start to become visible, we rush to find a way to cover them or make them disappear altogether. Fortunately for us, science has made so much progress that covering up wrinkles and even the finest of lines is no longer a tough task. All you need is a few minute injections and within hours, you will be able to turn back the clock a few years.
Now, when you go to a specialist asking for a cure for your wrinkles, they will offer you a range of choices, including Botox and facial fillers. The success of the procedure and the naturalness of the final result will depend on what option you choose. And in order to make the right choice, you need to have all the correct information.
Here is pretty much all the information that you will need, starting with Botox:
Botox, which is the shortened version of botulinum toxin, is actually the purified version of a protein, which can relax facial lines, temporarily. When these lines get relaxed, the lines and wrinkles that might have appeared, will also disappear. Botox works best for the forehead, furrow lines and crow’s feet, although it is often used on other parts of the face too. If you are wondering whether you are an eligible candidate for a Botox injection, all you need to consider is the lines of expression – if it is a line that is used for an expression, then Botox will work; for everything else, a filler will be a better choice.
Moving Onto the Fillers:
Initially, the only choice to fill fine lines and wrinkles was Botox, but then there were further developments in the world of medicine and science and that lead to the creation of several other fillers. Today, the choice in terms of dermal fillers is huge and you can choose from a wide range, depending on which parts of the body you want treated. Even the duration for which these fillers will last depends on what the fillers contain – some will last for about four months and there are those which will last close to a year.
Here are some of the most popular and commonly used dermal fillers:
- Hyaluronic acid wrinkle fillers This is perhaps the most popular type of wrinkle filler and the most commonly used. Although there are almost no side effects to this type of filler, some people might notice redness, swelling or bruising at times, but these tend to disappear in a few hours. In certain studies, it has been shown that when these injections are repeated over a period of time, there is a simulation of collagen naturally. Some of the most popular brands include Juvederm, Restylane and HylaForm.
- Collagen wrinkle fillers – The very first wrinkle fillers were created using collagen that had been extracted from cows and because they came from a natural source, the result was extremely natural looking. However, the problem was that the results did not last long, and because of the animal source, there were also allergic issues. But now with newer methods of collagen production, these injections have also evolved and even though the results might not last long, the results are extremely natural looking. Popular collagen fillers include Cosmoderm, Zyderm, Zyplast and Evolence.
- Synthetic wrinkle fillers – This is perhaps the smallest category of dermal fillers and is created using artificial ingredients. As is the case with all other dermal fillers, there is always the chance of redness, bruising and swelling, but these tend to disappear in a few hours. You could also notice some bumps under the skin, after these fillers have been injected. The biggest benefit of this category of fillers is that it offers almost semi-permanent results, as in the results will last a really long time. The most popular synthetic wrinkle fillers include Sculptra, Radiesse, Silicone and Bellafill.
- Autologous wrinkle fillers – This is perhaps the most natural way to fill fine lines, because it is the fat from your own body that is used. Through a minimally invasive surgery, fat will be removed from your thighs or buttocks and then that will be injected into the face. Because it is fat from your own body, there are minimal chances of infection. With a series of injections, you can achieve results that are much more long lasting than any other filler. Vampire facelifts are another version of autologous fillers, because blood from your own body is used and there are no chances of rejection or infection.
Most of these filler injections require more than one session, and each session will not last for more than 30 to 45 minutes. Normally, people are able to return to their normal routines immediately, but there might be some precautions that are prescribed. The treatment can be done on anyone, but pregnant and breastfeeding women are normally asked to avoid the injections.
It is important to get your injections from a clinic or through a doctor and you need to make sure that they have all the necessary certifications and licenses. The equipment being used should be sterilised and updated and you should be informed about the do’s and don’ts well in advance. Instead of making you jump on the most expensive filler, they should educate you about all the types of anti-ageing treatments and then help you make the best choice for you!