Updated on August 30, 2015
Dermatologists continue to say the best way to keep your skin looking young and healthy is to protect your skin from the harmful sun rays and do not smoke. Other important known facts are moisturize your skin, cleanse your skin, and limit the amount of alcohol you drink. According to a survey done in 2012 many people do not realize that sun protection can keep your skin looking younger for years to come. Most people that were surveyed believed that by drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet and applying a daily moisturizer would suffice. Leading dermatologist Dr. Ken Landow says that using such measures would not have near the anti ageing impact that a good sun protection product would.
The increase in UV exposure will affect the elastin in the skin which will lead to wrinkles, a leatherness look, blotchy pigmentation and the number one concern skin cancer.
If you are in the sun for long periods of time you can protect yourself by wearing protective clothing such as long pants, a hat with brim and a long sleeve shirt. When selecting your outdoor wardrobe keep in mind that fabric with a tighter weave will offer better protection that fabrics that are loosely woven.
Many people are already aware of some of the more basic things they can do to improve the look of aging skin. These include the use of anti-wrinkle creams, wearing sunscreen, and even having procedures done to reduce the muscle movement in the face. One of the more effective ways to capture the youthful look that so many people are after is the use of cosmetic fillers. They work by plumping up the skin from the deeper layers, where topical treatments can’t reach. Some fillers, such as Restylane, use hyaluronic acid to do this. This substance is present in youthful skin and accounts for much of the volume that is associated with a fresh, well-rested appearance.
As you age, several things are happening to your skin. Elasticity is lost, the skin becomes thinner and loses suppleness, and deep folds and wrinkles develop. Your body simply doesn’t produce hyaluronic acid as easily, which can result in a tired or worn out appearance. While applying hyaluronic acid topically can help moisturize the skin, it can’t reach the deeper layers under the skin where it’s important to restore volume. This is where fillers come in.
Whether you want to fill in the cheeks to fight the effects of gravity, or reduce the depth of the nasolabial folds (the lines that travel from the nose to the mouth), you can achieve both with a filler such as Restylane. You can also give more volume to the lips, all while looking natural. You can discuss these types of goals with your doctor, who will address any questions you have and make sure you understand your options so that you get the best result possible.
The main difference between Juvederm and Botox is that former is a muscle relaxer while the latter is a filler formula. Botox is a processed form of botulinum toxin type A. It functions by blocking certain chemicals to present muscle responses. Conversely, dermal filler plumps the weak skin tissue areas to yield temporary effects of better skin elasticity and high collagen levels. This particular formula is gel based on hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar compound that can be found naturally in the body. Contrasting Botox, the gel can treat more aging effects than wrinkles. It can also be used for lip enhancements and correcting fat loss under the skin.
Botox tends to last around three to four months and procedures will last about 20 minutes. Some patients report temporary relief from migraines and muscle spasms. Juvederm treatments take about 20 to 30 minutes and last anywhere from six months to one year. It is ideal for defining cheekbones, lip enhancement, reducing dark circles, scars, pockmarks and moderate to severe wrinkles. Botox is best for those who can only see lines when frowning or squinting. Resting creases with the facial expression will benefit more from the gel formula. Injectable fillers can be placed under the dermis is fight deep folds. It has longer effects and will not require as much upkeep as its most competitive alternatives.
Facing the mirror in the morning with dread can now be a thing of the past. Why not look as good as you feel? Fillers have become a popular method of treating moderate lines and wrinkles, and with the Belotero treatment, women are experiencing the kind of aesthetic rejuvenation that has been long awaited.
From a scientific standpoint, this type of filler uses an injectable form of hyaluronic acid to bond with the skin tissue. The results go beyond just simply rebuilding volume in the injection sites, but treating those areas resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
What makes the filler exceptional is the proprietary Cohesive Polydensified Matrix process (CPM). This highly flexible and soft gel blends into the natural structure of your skin, which allows you to maintain normal movement and facial expressions. Rest assured, you will not be left with a blank or frozen countenance that has been known to happen with other treatments.
The areas of the face that are a primary concern for many patients include the skin around the nose and mouth. These are areas most prone to visible and deeply-etched lines and wrinkles that can contribute to an older, more tired-looking you.
With little recovery time and beautifully natural results, Belotero can help you achieve a more refreshed and well-rested appearance that lasts. Please keep in mind that with any cosmetic procedure, it is always advised to do your research and get reputable referrals.
Botox injections are the first and only FDA approved product that can temporarily enhance the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines between the brows whether they are moderate or severe in adults. Botox works under the skin and goes after the underlying muscle activities that create crow’s feet and frown lines over time. If you are considering Botox injections here are a few things you should know before getting the treatment.
Before you visit your doctor
1. Make sure you plan your Botox injections in advance of any important events such as a wedding. You should have your treatment done 2-4 weeks in advance of any important upcoming events.
2. If you are one to work out on a regular basis, make sure and do it before you have your Botox treatment done.
3. Do not schedule important meetings, social activities, or any other important event right after you receive your Botox injections. Most patients will not have any direct effects after they receive their Botox treatment, but some can experience eyelid droop, bruising, and redness.
4. If you are on ibuprofen, aspirin, Vitamin E or any other similar product you will want to stop taking them 10 days prior to your treatment. If you are on a blood thinner like Plavix, Coumadin or Warfarin make sure and notify your doctor.
After your Botox treatment
1. If you experience bruising or swelling after your Botox injections try applying a cool compress.
2. You should not indulge in any physical exercise until the following day.
3. Make sure and not irritate or rub where your Botox injections were made. This could allow the Botox to move into your eyelid and create a droop. Try to avoid washing your face until the next day.