Today, it’s easier than ever to look your best and age gracefully. There are now many non-invasive procedures to help you look younger and feel great again. Botox and fillers are two options that more and more people are choosing. These help to preserve their skin or restore a more youthful appearance.
If you are bothered by lines and wrinkles, it may be time to consider Botox or fillers. First, let’s define each and explore their differences so you can find the right option for you.
Botox injections block certain chemical signals from nerves that cause the muscles to contract. This relaxes the muscles and essentially “freezes” them to stop forming repetitive facial movements that cause lines and wrinkles.
Fillers are most commonly made of a hyaluronic acid gel, though there are other options like collagen and various synthetics. Aging causes a loss of volume in the face due to a natural decrease in hyaluronic acid and collagen. Fillers can restore some of this volume and can be used to “fill out” wrinkles.
Here are five excellent reasons to consider getting Botox or fillers.
You Look Tired
The first signs of aging usually manifest as looking tired and worn out. Maybe you’ve started noticing it when you look in the mirror or see yourself in a photo, or maybe people keep asking you if you’re tired.
The loss of facial volume and certain types of wrinkles can give people a drawn, worn look. Bags and hollow eyes can make anyone look tired, even if they feel great. If you’re sick of looking tired or want to look alert and vigorous, fillers can help.
Treatment is Fast
Both fillers and Botox can usually be done in less than an hour! Botox injections only need a quick appointment that may take as little as 10-15 minutes. Many people even schedule a visit during their lunch break.
Fillers are also done in the office, with most appointments taking less than an hour.
Lines and Wrinkles Are Bothering You
Both fillers and Botox can treat wrinkles and lines. If you have deep, etched-in lines on your face, dermal fillers can temporarily plump them up or fill them in. But only wrinkles and lines created by a loss of volume respond to fillers.
For wrinkles that developed from repetitive muscle movements or certain facial expressions, an injection of Botox rather than fillers is best. However, it is also possible to combine treatments. Sometimes, your cosmetic surgeon will recommend both fillers and Botox during the same session to achieve the best, most natural result.
You Have Lost Volume or Thin Lips
Another sign of aging is the loss of volume from the face, particularly in the cheeks. Some people discover that as they age, their once prominent cheekbones have become flat and drawn.
Two things can contribute to volume loss in the facial area. One is a loss of fat in this area, and the other is a decrease in collagen. Collagen is the protein that provides structural support to the skin. It helps to make your skin firm and elastic. With age, your body produces less and less of it.
While not every type of filler can restore lost volume in the facial area, Juvederm Voluma can. It is made from a thick form of hyaluronic acid, another substance your body naturally produces. Another dermal filler that can help restore volume loss is Scupltra, which is made from a synthetic substance, poly-l-lactic acid, which helps your body produce more collagen.
Volume loss doesn’t just occur in the cheeks. Some people also notice that their lips also become thinner as they get older. Fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane both contain hyaluronic acid and can be used to plump the lips. Juvederm Volbella is specifically formulated for use in the lip area.
No Surgery or Recovery
Fillers and Botox can be a starter cosmetic treatment or used as an alternative to surgery. Unlike surgical procedures, these options don't have a lengthy recovery period, and they don't require a considerable amount of preparation in advance. Some bruising and swelling may occur for up to 48 hours after the injections. The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes, and afterward, you can go about your day.
If you feel it’s time to treat your lines and wrinkles, give us a call us at 931-398-1158 or contact us today to schedule your consultation.