Who wants to age? Only children would probably want to grow fast, while young adults and older adults tend to wish the other way around. It’s an ironic statement that most are guilty to say. It is not a secret, and there’s no shortcut to keeping a younger-looking skin. For a graceful and natural approach, it could take years and mostly a lifetime of lifestyle change. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to restrict yourself with dietary plans and not enjoy life. It’s the opposite. You can even enjoy life more as having a change in a healthy lifestyle not only give you a radiant and young look, but it also helps you prevent other disease and prolong your life. It may sound easy, but if it were, anti-aging treatments and medical procedures wouldn’t probably exist. Sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation come with age. However, several factors affect the abnormal aging process that causes you to have its symptoms even if you’re not supposed to have it yet. Dr. Hillary Taggart, can you help you resolve your aging concerns and give you a natural-looking glow by removing those visible creases through Botox and fillers.
The visible signs of aging are attributed to the loss of collagen in the skin. It is collagen that provides structure to our skin and strength to our bones. It helps with elasticity and skin hydration. People who have dry skin type are likely to have wrinkles at an earlier stage. Taking collagen supplement aids in your skin’s hydration, which then can help reduce if not prevent the early symptoms of aging. As you grow older, you lose 1% of collagen each year, which causes sagging skin. Some signs are uncontrollable, while others are avoidable.
What are the factors that affect signs of aging?
Many aging treatments range from oral, and topical creams to non-surgical and surgical procedures to treat the symptoms. The range of treatments can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the cause of your aging symptoms. If you know the reasons, you are most likely to identify the best methods for you. For example, if you have age spots at age 35, it is most likely from UV exposure. Regular use of sunscreen can help prevent your skin from having those symptoms again. The sun radiates UV light which can be harmful to the skin, although morning sunlight is good for the skin because it helps promote vitamin D, which is helpful for bone development. Our skin has melanin which is usually abundant for those who have darker skin tones. Melanin protects your skin from harmful UV rays. Our skin can only absorb so much, and prolonged exposure damages the skin cells as the UV rays penetrate deep down to the tissues that can kill skin cells. Damaged skin cells cause various skin problems like pre-mature aging. The worst-case scenarios are that you can have skin cancer.
Another example is your fine lines. Although fine lines and wrinkles are mostly associated with aging, some are because of repeated facial expressions. Facial movements like frequent smiling or squinting can cause permanent creases on the face, especially when the skin loses its elasticity. When this happens, oral or topical creams can’t manage to eliminate it. Instead, you may opt to have medical procedures like fillers.
Lifestyle is one of the most common yet often neglected causes of aging. Stress, diet, smoking, and drinking are the benefactors to your pre-mature aging. Some of the vices may look enjoyable to some people, but the early symptoms of aging are the only visible side effects. In reality, your internal organs and bodily system are the ones most affected. Smoking has a particular toxin that damages your collagen and elastin while destroying your lungs. Smokers often have visible wrinkles on their crow’s feet. Crow’s feet are creases located at the outer edge of the eyes.
Wrinkles can be embarrassing, especially when you experience them at an early stage. The good thing about aging is that there are available treatments that can reduce, if not reversed, the signs of aging. There are several treatments available, but Botox and fillers are the two sought-after procedures for reducing wrinkles. They are both minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures and use injectables. Both target wrinkles but are entirely different.
Botox vs. Fillers: What is the Difference
The initial reaction of most people, especially young adults, is that botox makes you look like a mannequin. It stiffens your face, makes you look expressionless, and you couldn’t feel anything. That notion is wrong, especially when administered correctly by a professional. Botox weakens or paralyzes your facial muscles only in small doses. It contains Botulinum toxin that comes from C. botulinum bacteria. It is a deadly neurotoxin but is very helpful in treating nerve problems and wrinkles in the medical field. A highly skilled professional must administer the doses to ensure the patient’s safety. Botox target your nervous system that disrupts the signaling process that triggers muscle contraction. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially those creases from facial expressions. Although Botox paralyzes parts of your facial muscles, it helps them relax, and you can still feel and move your face naturally. It is also proven to prevent migraine headaches, eyelid spasms, and those who suffer hyperhidrosis, a condition that experiences severe sweating. Visible effects of Botox are noticeable after a few sessions. It is not a permanent solution to wrinkles since aging is an uncontrollable process that we all go through. However, regular maintenance can help your skin delay the signs of aging.
On the other note, Dermal Fillers add volume to deep creases, which differentiates botox from dermal fillers. Instead of paralyzing the muscles, it mimics the fat and deep skin layers to give you that plumpness for a fuller look. The results are immediate and can last for about six months to a year. The good thing about fillers is that you can reverse the filler, giving you more flexibility. Dermal fillers usually contain hyaluronic acid, which is also in the body. It helps retain water that aids in the lubrication of your skin tissues to keep them moist. Like Botox, you will also be injected into parts of your face. The effects are pretty impressive when it comes to smoothening the lines around the nose and mouth, diminishing vertical lip lines, and smoothening your chin creases. You are guaranteed to have improved facial symmetry with dermal fillers. There are different types of fillers that you can choose from depending on what you want to achieve.
Juvederm fillers are usually for your lips. It provides fuller and plump lips. It can also be injected into the jawline, chin, and nasolabial folds. Restylane filler is a softer version of Juvederm filler that can be for under the eyes. On the other hand, a Vollure filler is a versatile filler that can be injected into any part of the face. Its soft fillers make the substance spread quickly unto the face, effectively minimizing and treating fine lines. There are also available Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Lyft, and many other fillers that you can choose from.
Depending on the area of your concern and want to address it, Botox and dermal fillers are both proven effective. Dr. Hillary ensures that you get the right treatment by understanding your issues. She is careful in ensuring that you get the best and optimal results you deserve.