The Right Filler For Your Wrinkle
With so many options for treating seemingly every line, wrinkle, divot, or fold that crops up on our faces, it can be exceedingly overwhelming to choose just the right product for you. Although your injector will introduce you to the products most likely to generate the results you want, it never hurts to educate yourself before your appointment. Here, take a look at some recommendations for treating the most common age-related aesthetic concerns.
The Concern: Nasolabial Folds
Nasolabial folds are the lines that run diagonally from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Everyone has nasolabial folds — they form the barrier between our cheeks and upper lips. However, they can deepen and grow more pronounced with age. Their ubiquity makes them some of the most oft-cited reasons that men and women alike pursue fillers. Generally speaking, the "gold standard" for treating these lines is a dose of hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. JUVÉDERM® is typically the go-to for most injectors, including the professionals at Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre, but other HA dermal fillers, such as Restylane®, may be the better option depending on the severity of your condition.
The Concern: Lip Lines
Sometimes referred to as smokers' lines, these fine, vertical lines that extend from the lips certainly aren't limited to smokers. Instead, they can develop as the result of years of repeated movements (such as puckering to drink from a bottle) or due to genetic factors. Treating these lines effectively requires a light hand as much as it requires the right product. To achieve lasting smoothness around the mouth, small amounts of hyaluronic acid filler are carefully administered to the lines. Certain common HA filler brands even market special formulations of their products designed for the lips that are a thinner consistency. Because this area of the face is much more mobile than, say, the forehead, you can anticipate results that are a bit shorter-lived than those from injectables placed elsewhere.
The Concern: Forehead Furrows
Horizontal lines that extend across the forehead may not look too bad when the face is at rest, but as soon as the brows go up? Watch out! Because the forehead doesn't have much in the way of muscles, these lines typically develop when the skin is pulled in various directions by facial expressions and eye movements. But the best treatment for these lines may not be a filler at all. Instead, neuromodulators such as BOTOX COSMETIC® freeze the muscles that lead to movement and subsequent wrinkles. Like most other injectables, the results of BOTOX are temporary. However, some anecdotal evidence suggests that regular injections may permanently reduce the look of treated wrinkles.
The Concern: Hollow Cheeks
Most people "of a certain age" realize that wrinkles are only a portion of the aging equation. With time, facial tissue starts to sag and disappear, leading to hollow areas that can lend a gaunt look to the face. A new crop of fillers, many of them hyaluronic acid-based, can add a level of plumpness to these areas, such as the cheeks, while still being age-appropriate. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® is one such product. Related to the standard version of JUVÉDERM, VOLUMA's formula is denser and more durable to better suit the cheeks. One of the most enticing aspects of VOLUMA is that its results have been shown to last up to 2 years!
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