Wrinkles and lines on your face can tell people more about your age than candles on your birthday cake. For many, these signs of stress and aging can create the illusion of advanced age to the world long before the years have passed. Because people want to roll back the clock on their appearance, cosmetic procedures involving various types of skin fillers remove these disturbing features from the face are gaining in popularity.
Lines and wrinkles are a natural part of facial expressions and aging skin.
As people age, their skin looses some of its ability to restore itself. It also becomes less elastic. The combination of these two events results in age and stress lines, crows feet about the eye, and furrows in the brow area. A look in the mirror reminds you that your twenties are just a distant memory. For some it is a combination that makes them appear to have a permanent scowl etched into their features. It can be a wake up call for action to get the evidence of those years hidden from view.
Most skin fillers are injectable collagen or collagen replacement.
Regardless of the selected product, the skin filler is injected into the line or wrinkle. Enough product is injected to fill the line until it seems to disappear. The results are dramatic, but not permanent. Most of the better products on the market will give you a more youthful look from 6 to 12 months from the time of treatment. The most common treatments are at the corner of the eyes and mouth and on the brow.
The good news is that the results are instant.
When you leave the doctor’s office, you will already be sporting your new appearance. You may have a little redness or swelling for a few hours or a day. Some have little to no signs other than the expected changes that the procedures were ever done. The products are derived from naturally occurring substances within your body. They are gradually absorbed over the next several months with no side effects and no procedure needed to remove the substance. A local anesthetic may be administered if the treatment is somewhat involved.
Botox works a little differently.
Many people turn to Botox treatments. Rather than fill in the lines, Botox affects the muscles that hold the wrinkles and lines in place. Frown lines on the forehead are targets for this treatment. The muscles are basically paralyzed for a time and the lines disappear. Like the skin fillers, the treatment must be repeated about every 6 months for the change to seem permanent.