Are you starting to notice some ageing changes in your face? You may feel just 20 inside, but the outside appearance is telling you an entirely different story. As you age, your skin naturally starts losing its elasticity and radiance. In your late 30s or early 40s, you may start to notice a slight loss in fat volume and even some areas of sagging. You may want to reverse the process or do something about it without going for surgical procedures. Botox and dermal fillers have become quite popular in correcting the some of the ageing changes our face may be going through. Our best results can be achieved by combining both Botox and dermal fillers.
How Botox and Dermal Fillers can help
Botox is a neurotoxin that restricts the muscle movement which in turn will reduce the skin folding with active movement seen with facial expressions. Botox usually lasts for three to four months but some people are lucky and can achieve results lasting up to six months.
Dermal fillers are injected in the affected area to add volume and with this a lifting effect is achieved. When dermal fillers are placed at the correct points one can achieve a visible or noticeable lift of the jowl, neck and even redefine the jaw line. Finer dermal fillers and skin boosters can also be used to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles for an overall lifted and smoother youthful appearance.
What happens during the procedure?
Your doctor at your cosmetic centre should guide you in what treatments are best to address your areas of concern effectively. Before the procedure, your skin will be appropriately cleansed to remove all makeup and then disinfected with an antibacterial agent such as alcohol or chlorhexidine. This is done to prepare and sterilise the skin surface before any injections are started. The doctor or receptionist may apply a local anaesthetic to reduce the pain beforehand; you are also able to request to have a local anaesthetic, but this may cause changes in the area to be treated due to the volume of the local anaesthetic. After the procedure a cold compress may help with swelling and any inflammatory effects. There can be mild swelling and redness after the procedure.
Possible side effects from dermal fillers include:
- Very rarely avascular necrosis
Numerous studies have shown the benefits and advantages with both Botox and dermal filler treatments. This includes wrinkle effacement, improving collagen stimulation and thickness of the skin, removing tired and negative facial expressions, lifting the face and re volumizing depressions and thinning fatty pads. However, when we combine these two treatments our end results will always be superior.