With a growing number of celebrities openly admitting to cosmetic enhancement, dermal fillers in particular are surging in popularity. Previously associated with older women wanting to disguise the signs of ageing, a new era of both men and women are turning to fillers to boost volume in the face.
With this growing trend in aesthetic skin care, there has been a continued debate over the age that a person should start considering having dermal fillers. Depending on what the patient wants to achieve, the answer to this question is different for each individual.
Even if you have a strict skin care and beauty regime, unfortunately there is only so much that this can achieve. Whilst creams and serums can really improve the surface of the skin, unfortunately they aren’t powerful enough to fight age, fat loss, sun damage and muscle movement.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers can be used to address a number of different concerns that you may have with your face. This includes adding volume, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, including deep folds and laughter lines and augmenting the lips and cheeks to enhance their shape.
The substance that is injected into the face is usually created from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that is found in the skin. Once injected, the area is filled until the wrinkles are smoothened. Depending on the type of filler that is used, the treatment can last anywhere from six months, to 18 months, so will have to ensure that you maintain your appointment to stay looking fresh faced. If you are having fillers to prevent wrinkles from appearing, you may only need fillers every 12 months or so, where as if you are using fillers to add volume to features such as the lips, or cheeks you may need them more frequently.
If you’re main aim is to reverse the signs of ageing, you can start to have fillers as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so. Everyone’s skin ages at a different rate, therefore there is no certain age when you should start having them. Fillers such as Juvderm, made famous by Kyle Jenner, are made from hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring element in the skin, making them safe and reliable. It can be used for targeting wrinkles that have already started to develop, or to plump areas of the face that are lacking in volume, such as the lips, or cheeks.
For anti-ageing, dermal fillers work superbly as a preventative measure, as well as a reactive measure for wrinkles. However, the effects of fillers are temporary, so you may have to find yourself having repeat treatments around every 12-18 months to maintain your youthful look. In comparison to other anti-ageing treatments, Botox injections usually need to be repeated every six months, giving you a much shorter gap between treatments.
However, with Botox, those who chose to have treatments earlier usually find that they need less treatments as time goes on. This is because Botox restricts muscles from moving, therefore stopping the skin from developing folds and wrinkles. Your practitioner will discuss which treatment option is best for you during your initial consultation.
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When deciding whether or not to have fillers, remember that there is no one out there who needs them, and you should never feel pressured to go through with a procedure that you don’t feel comfortable with.