Our desire to look more refreshed and youthful has led to the popularity of Botox and dermal fillers. While the apparent effects of these injectables are mostly cosmetic, Botox and fillers are also said to boost self-esteem. As both can improve the signs of aging, they can help us look our best, which then translates to improved confidence.
Anxiety about signs of aging
Aging is a wonderful thing, as it could mean more wisdom and experience. Unfortunately, many also experience anxiety about the effects of aging, especially on the skin. The most common concerns are about sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles, as they can make the face look tired, angry, and older.
Lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging can sometimes be hard to conceal. They also tend to be more prominent as time goes by and can be worsened by additional factors like sun exposure, stress, and smoking. This is why it is perfectly understandable why many of us consider injectables to keep a younger-looking appearance.
Botox or botulinum toxin
Also known as the brand Botox, botulinum toxin is an anti-wrinkle treatment used for improving lines and wrinkles on the face. It uses a neurotoxin protein that temporarily paralyzes the muscles to relax the wrinkles. It can be used on forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes.
How long does it take to work: It may take about 5 to 7 days for the effects of Botox to kick in, but you’ll need about two weeks to see the full effects of Botox. The severity of lines or wrinkles can affect the time needed for Botox to work. For smaller or finer lines, results tend to show quicker.
Longevity of effects: The effects can last between 3 and 4 months (up to 6 months). There are also cases where the effects may wear off sooner, like after two months. A consultation with your aesthetic doctor will let you know more about the factors that can affect the longevity of results.
Results you can enjoy: With Botox injections, you may notice that the treated area appears smoother, giving your face a well-rested appearance. It can make you look younger, happier, and more energetic. It can help you put your best face forward, which is beneficial in both personal and professional life.
Fillers are injectable gels used for filling in lost volume in the face. Most are commonly made with hyaluronic acid or HA (Juvederm) or calcium hydroxyapatite or CaHA (Radiesse). Both are naturally occurring substances found in the body. Fillers work by filling in the lines and gaps due to creases, folds, and volume loss.
How long does it take to work: You may be able to see immediate results, but it takes about two weeks for the dermal fillers to completely blend with the surrounding tissues. Fillers, furthermore, stimulate the body’s production of collagen, so results tend to improve over time.
Longevity of results: Depending on the type of fillers used, results can last from six months to two weeks. Injections to certain areas (like the lips) also tend to wear out faster than other areas like the nasolabial folds. Your injector or aesthetic doctor will recommend a touch-up treatment to maintain the results or adjust the filler amount.
Results you can enjoy: Fillers can give you a rejuvenated appearance by restoring lost volume, softening lines and creases, and enhancing facial contours. Many also turn to fillers to plump up lips, add volume to the cheeks, and improve skin’s hydration. Just like Botox, it can make you look younger without surgery or longer recovery time.
Look more awake, refreshed, and confident
Apart from betraying your age, lines, creases, and sagging skin can also give you a tired and grumpy appearance. It can make you seem sad, unfriendly, or exhausted even when you’re not. With Botox and fillers, however, you can reclaim your facial expressions and look refreshed and healthier.
Just be sure to consult only a medical aesthetic doctor who has the experience and training to administer the injections. Do take note that the wrong dosage and technique could result in side effects and undesirable results. Be wary of cheap deals and don’t get the treatment in spas and salons.
Start the journey to a rejuvenated appearance and a more confident you with injectables like Botox and dermal fillers. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor to learn more about these treatments and other nonsurgical procedures for looking more youthful.