What’s the difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, which is right for me?
Fine lines and wrinkles rarely suit anyone, though we have come to accept that as we age the appearance of them is inevitable. However with modern cosmetic treatments you may no longer need to find yourself obsessing over wrinkles, lines and troughs that you swear are getting more prevalent by the week. With the aid of dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections at Skin Doctor SA we can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, assisting you on your way to a more rejuvenated appearance.
Why do we get fine lines and wrinkles?
In younger faces, collagen and hyaluronic acid are more prevalent, which keeps the skin firm and “plump” in appearance. As your skin naturally ages, along with subjecting it to a number of outside factors including things like pollutants, smoking, and sun exposure, these stores deplete. Repeated facial expressions as skin loses its elasticity can also play a part in exaggerating lines. As these factors occur, fine lines and wrinkles begin to make their appearance.
Did you know; after the age of 20, a person produces 1% less collagen in the skin per year. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age.
Dermal fillers vs. anti-wrinkle injections; what’s the difference?
Dermal fillers work by restoring some of the volume lost in the face. For example: in areas such as the chin, cheeks, lips and nasolabial areas where volume loss is more prevalent. By “filling out” the areas which have deflated, you can reduce the appearance of these fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers may also be used to help correct marionette lines (drooping at corners of the mouth to the chin), rejuvenate the jaw, decrease smoker’s lines, and re-plump the lips, as well as a range of other treatments like reducing the effects of facial or acne scar depressions.
Anti-wrinkle injections utilise a temporary muscle-weakening agent, which will not result in a frozen or expressionless appearance. Anti-wrinkle injections are generally accepted as a successful treatment in reducing forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. The effects can last up to approximately 3 months depending on the strength of the muscle. Treatments will most likely need to be followed up every three to six months to maintain the effects, although treatment doses may decrease with each treatment.
What else can I do to prevent wrinkles?
Prevention is the key as most wrinkles have started to form well before you have even noticed them. A good quality sun cream and a healthy well-balanced diet along with the daily recommended water intake may help to stock your body up on the vitamins and minerals it needs to maintain a firm and healthy appearance.
At the Skin Doctor SA our clinical staff will be happy to answer any questions and discuss with you the pros and cons of each of these treatments, helping you to decide which treatment will best suit your needs.