When to use fillers
Dermal fillers are used differently to Botox and you should not confuse the two procedures. Both work to reduce the signs of ageing, but they work in very different ways. It is possible to use both together but normally one or the other is used to produce a particular effect.
Fillers are used to add volume and smooth deep creases in the skin. They can also be used to plump thin lips, augment cheeks, fill out depressions in the skin, such as under the eyes, and fill out indented areas from old scars. Fillers are extremely versatile and can be used to correct and enhance all areas of the face.
What are fillers?
Fillers are made from synthetic or natural materials and they are used to plump up the skin and fill it out. This helps to replace lost volume in the skin from ageing or from injury. This means they can be used to fill in deep wrinkles and creases to the point where the depression in the skin no longer exists or is no longer visible. Ideal places to use dermal filler include in the lips to add plumpness, as cheeks can get sunken as we age.
The difference between Botox and fillers
Both Botox and fillers are applied using a fine needle to inject the substance under the skin, but they are both different. While Botox is usually used in the upper face to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead, fillers are more usually used in the lower half of the face around the mouth area. Botox stops muscle movement that produces the wrinkles, while fillers smooth and plump up the skin. Using both procedures together can have a dramatic effect that can make a person look much younger.
Choosing your treatment
Dermal fillers are available from most clinics specialising in skin care. Whether you are looking for dermal fillers in Richmond or in another area of the country, an expert in skin treatments will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your skin complaint and whether you need fillers or Botox or both. Sometimes by selecting both procedures, you can manage to not only stop the wrinkles forming but also plump up the areas that are losing skin tone, thus producing a stronger result than using one procedure alone.
Natural or synthetic?
Dermal fillers can be synthetic or naturally derived. The naturally derived fillers are less likely to cause a reaction but they do not last as long, and sometimes can need topping up after just three months, though they can last up to two years. Eventually the filler will break down in the body and need replacing. Synthetic fillers last longer and they are permanent to an extent, with new filler only needed as the skin continues to age. If you are strict with your beauty routine and sun protection factor application you should be able to last many years with synthetic fillers.