So you’re looking into cosmetic treatments and injectables like Botox and dermal fillers to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and deep creases. How can you keep your investments discreet and your skin looking natural? Read on to find out how to get injectables without overdoing it.
Botox is one of the original anti-aging injectable treatments and offers extraordinary results. People tend to choose Botox -- a prescription solution that is injected into a wrinkle to relax the muscles around it -- for the forehead lines, frown lines around the mouth, and “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes. This injectable reduces the appearance of moderate to severe lines in these particular areas. While the effects are temporary, they usually last up to five months, making Botox an attractive investment.
Dermal fillers are another anti-aging cosmetic treatment option that work slightly differently. Dermal fillers can help boost the skin’s volume in sagging areas, fill in lips for a fuller look, and reduce undereye bags. Like Botox, dermal fillers don’t last forever, but they usually maintain their efficacy for at least six months and can even last up to 18 months.
While Botox and dermal fillers are safe, one of the primary ways to reduce the chances of any mishaps is to pick the appropriate treatment provider. Don’t be afraid to ask for before and after photos of real patients the provider has treated, and be sure to do your research on their credentials. Many botched Botox or filler treatments have to do with the experience of the person administering them. Med spas and even people falsely claiming to be clinicians can distribute dermal fillers, so be sure to choose a reputable doctor.
This means that the old adage “you get what you pay for” really applies here. Be wary of any advertisements or marketing with hugely discounted rates for injectables and dermal fillers. This is one type of treatment you don’t want to skimp on.
While Botox is a bit more standardized, fillers vary from brand to brand. For example, the Juvederm dermal filler, Perlane dermal filler, and Restylane dermal filler are all made of hyaluronic acid, but they’re suited for treating different concerns. The active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, helps hydrate and moisturize the skin. But Juvederm tends to be the go-to choice for lip augmentation and nasolabial folds, Perlane is great for restoration of cheek volume or deeper nasolabial folds, and Restylane works best on the corners of the mouth and hollows under the eyes.
Again, knowing which treatment is appropriate for you comes down to working with the right treatment provider. A knowledgeable clinician will be able to make recommendations, monitor results, and adjust treatment timelines accordingly. Choosing the wrong treatment for your area of concern is another way that fillers and injectables can become quickly obvious.
If you’re in the greater New York City area and want to explore dermal fillers or injectables, contact Vanguard Dermatology today. Our board-certified medical professionals are trained on administering these cosmetic treatments properly, as well as maintaining a sanitary environment.