Every day you look in the mirror, and gradually, the reflection you see begins to change. It may begin with a line here or a wrinkle there. You may notice areas of your face are beginning to sag or appear less full than they once did. Of course, these changes may not necessarily be surprising. After all, we all know that time and age can lead to such things, but that knowledge likely won’t make you feel any better when it happens to you.
So, what are you to do when such bothersome signs of aging begin to crop up on your own face? Fortunately, today’s patients have many more options at their disposal than in years past. Among the most effective and popular are facial relaxers and facial fillers. But, what are the differences between the two, and how can you know which should be used for your particular area of concern? No worries; that’s what we’re here for! Read on to learn more about the unique capabilities of each of these popular cosmetic treatment options.
What are Facial Fillers Used for?
When lines and wrinkles seemed to be permanently etched into the skin, whether facial muscles are contracted or relaxed (static wrinkles), facial filler injectables such as Restylane and Juvederm can help. Likewise, these same products are often ideally suited for replacing volume loss in areas such as the cheeks or the lips. By supplementing the body’s own, naturally occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid to restore volume and moisture and by stimulating cell turnover and collagen production, facial fillers are able to make the skin appear young, fuller, and supple once again.
What are Facial Relaxers Used for?
Facial relaxers such as Botox are what most patients think of when they consider a cosmetic injectable. However, these products have a very specific use that is much different than fillers and that won’t be right for all types of wrinkles. Unlike fillers, relaxers treat lines and wrinkles that are dynamic in nature, meaning those that are only visible with muscle contraction such as raising your eye brows or squinting in the sun. By relaxing the involved muscles, these products are able to diminish or eliminate issues such as forehead lines, “11’s”, crow’s feet, or bunny lines, for months at a time. For most patients, treatment with these products three to four times per year are plenty to keep skin looking taut and smooth.
Facial fillers and relaxers have revolutionized the cosmetic industry. No longer is it necessary to go under the knife to achieve natural, younger looking skin. In fact, the results from such injectables typically offer far more natural, not to mention safer, results than their old school alternatives.