Are you confused?

If you look in the mirror and do not recognise the tired, drawn, weary face that stares back, and want to say bye bye to wrinkles and lines but do not know where to start then read on…

Are you perplexed and confused about whether anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers are the treatment of choice for you. Worry no more!!!

Here I will attempt to simplify the treatments and the application of each, so you have a clearer understanding about each treatment before you attend for your consultation.

Anti-wrinkle injections – The Facts

Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat frown lines or “number 11″ lines”, forehead lines and crow’s feet. The trend now is for natural treatments. Botox is a fantastic treatment which when used in right dosage and in a subtle way can transform your appearance and keeping everyone guessing as to why you look so good.

Anti wrinkle injections prevent skin creasing and stop lines appearing and deepening.

Do anti-wrinkle injections or botox hurt?

Anti-wrinkle injections are administered using very fine needles similar to accupuncture needles. Often the sensation of anti-wrinkle injections is similar to having your eyebrows plucked.

How do anti-wrinkle injects or botox work?

Anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles of facial expression which allows the overlying skin to rest. As a result, the lines and wrinkles become less noticeable.

After treatment is it obvious that I have had treatment?

No, afterwards you can resume your activities straight away as there is usually no signs of treatment. Very occasionally a bruise may occur, which can be camouflaged with makeup.

Who long does it take to have a treatment?

Treatments usually take between 15-30 minutes for a first consultation. Review appointments are usually 15 minutes.

How long do the effects of Botox last?

On average effects of the treatment last between 3 and 6 months.

What are the most common problems with Botox treatments?

Now, the trend is for natural treatments. This means that in expert hands you should be able to move your forehead without getting that “frozen forehead look”. It is important to be realistic, even twenty something’s can move their forehead. Therefore a frozen forehead with no expression is not a good look in your 40’s or 50’s.

When anti-wrinkle injections wear off, will I look worse than before?

No, botox relaxes the muscles temporarily and when the effects wear off your lines will return to the way they appeared pre- treatment. It has been shown that botox is a preventative treatment which means it can arrest the development of the signs of ageing.

Dermal fillers – The Facts

Dermal fillers on the other hand can treat resting lines, restoring volume and youthful contours.

What can dermal fillers do for me?

The eyes are the gateway to your soul. If you feel you look tired with dark circles, it is possible to restore that “glint in your eye” with dermal filler tear trough treatments. This advanced procedure when carried out by a skilled practitioner can literally make you look years younger in 30 minutes.
Cheeks flatten with age, so by adding a small amount of volume a natural contour can be achieved without resulting in a “pillow face”.

Thin lips can be treated with products such a Restylane Volume, Restylane Refresh and Juvederm Volbella. The aim is to restore natural volume without looking as if you have had “your lips done”.

Dermal fillers can lift the corners of the mouth. A drooping mouth can make one look sad even when you are not. Dermal fillers can literally give you a happier and fresher countenance.

Is there a chance dermal fillers can cause an allergic reaction?

No, most FDA approved dermal filler products contain hyaluronic acid which a naturally occurring substance in your skin. With reputable products such as Restylane or Juvederm the risk of allergic reaction is extremely rare.

Can you feel dermal filler in your skin?

In the first few days after injection, the treated area may feel a little firm; however, this improves as the filler integrates with your skin.

In summary, whether you are opting for anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers, a treatment in the hands of an experienced practitioner will leave you looking refreshed, rejuvenated but will be in keeping with your age. The sign of having a great cosmetic doctor is no one believing you have one!