• 23 February 2016
Smooth Skin Is Young Skin

Years of sun exposure, stress, and contaminated air can cause our skin to age dramatically. And quickly!

It can be difficult to find a remedy to the wrinkles and cracks that we develop as we approach our fourth and fifth decades of life.

People may make valiant attempts by purchasing skin care products, creams and lotions, but after a while, the effects fade and your bank account shrinks.

Plastic surgery offers Botox and dermal fillers to temporarily reduce facial wrinkles and lines and smooth out the skin.

The results of these procedures are not permanent. Because we are continually exposed to external and internal stresses, the aging process will continue over time and have an effect on our skin. However, with proper care and upkeep, the results can last longer and slow down the natural aging process.

Botox

Botox is a procedure that is done with simple injections in a matter of minutes. The procedure can literally be completed on your lunch break.

Advantages:

Cost. The cost of Botox varies, but it can be quite affordable depending on the number of injections you require. For some, less than 10 injections will easily cover the area you are concerned about. The more areas you want addressed, the higher the cost.

Time. As mentioned above, Botox is a very quick procedure. Working the procedure into your schedule should not be much of an issue.

Recovery. You may have a little swelling and redness the day of Botox injections, but after that, no one will be the wiser. Allergic reactions are a potential side effect as is minor bruising. In the case of the allergic reaction, you should seek attention from your surgeon and establish a plan of care to help reduce the reaction.

There are a couple things to think about before committing to Botox:

1) The results will not be immediate. It can take anywhere from a couple days to a full week before you notice Botox’s full effect.

2) Botox requires maintenance. It varies for everyone, but eventually the effects of Botox diminish and you will need to be prepared for additional injections every three to six months.

Fillers

Fillers are used for people who might have sunken areas on their face. With aging, you will naturally lose volume of fatty tissue throughout your face. But, with dermal fillers, you have the potential to regain the fullness of your face.

Where are fillers used?

“Smoker lips” can be improved with the help of fillers injected around the mouth area.

Deep lines and wrinkles that are present when your face is at rest can be filled with this product.

Sunken cheeks can be plumped up to align with the cheek and jawbone.

Under and around the eyes tend to lose volume with age, but this area can be addressed with fillers.

Fillers can essentially be used anywhere that your plastic surgeon deems necessary. Like with Botox though, there are a few things to consider before having fillers:

1) Fillers do not last forever. Be prepared to have fillers injected every six months to two years to maintain a firm, youthful appearance.

2) Immediately following the procedure, you may experience redness and swelling that will dissipate over the following couple of days.

Plastic surgeons are professionally trained to perform both Botox and dermal fillers and should be your first choice for your safety. Be prepared and open to other options suggested by your surgoen. There in a chance that Botox and dermal fillers will not accomplish your desired results. When these options are unsuccessful, other facial surgeries like a facelift or brow lift may be good choices.

Trust your surgeon to lead you in these decisions. He or she is experienced and has your best interest in mind. With these points as your guide, a youthful appearance can be right around the corner.

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