As a dermatologist with over 15 years experience I understand the pressures associated with ageing, especially for women. Combine that with the confusing pseudo-scientific BS that comes out of the skincare industry and you can be left with broken promises and low self esteem.
Now my mantra has always been to embrace the ageing process, while taking care of your skin while you age - after all it is our largest organ and we have it for life. But when is it time to look for something a little more intensive than your skincare routine, and how should you approach it?
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So what kinds of cosmetic treatments are most effective when it comes to anti-ageing?
As vital as daily maintenance is via your skincare routine, treatments such as cosmetic injectables (think Botox or dermal filler) can assist in slowing the visible signs of ageing. They work by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle thereby relaxing the area and preventing the formation of dynamic wrinkles and deep lines. In some cases they can even assist with facial sculpting and smoothing overly angular or square jaws.
As incredible as the benefits can be there are some super important tips and tricks that anyone considering anti-wrinkle injections needs to consider.
1. Where you inject may not be where the problem is.
Facial aesthetics and anatomy is incredibly complex, and your injector has to have a thorough understanding of both. Botox and cosmetic injectables can go wrong - and 9 times out of 10 it is due the fact that the injector lacks experience. Ask them questions and shop around.
2. Look to anti-wrinkle injections for the upper facial areas.
Forehead lines, the glabella area, and crows feet are three areas that Botox and other cosmetic injectables can be super effective on. By relaxing these areas it can wipe years off your appearance.
3. Take caution when treating the lower face with anti-wrinkle injections
The lower facial region can be more sensitive when it comes to anti-wrinkle injections, as they have a relaxing effect on muscles. You can imagine that this could become a problem if placed in the wrong area near the mouth (causing problems puckering or speaking). Look for an experienced injector because an asymmetrical lip could be with you for months.
4. Too much in the forehead is never a good thing!
Over-treating the forehead area can cause an overly relaxed effect resulting in something referred to as ‘spock brow’. Not only can this give a sunken effect but it can result in an asymmetry that is unappealing.
5. Research you injector - because a good one will know the facial areas to avoid.
I’ve said it before - but injectables in Australia is a relatively unregulated industry so understanding your injectors credentials is imperative. On slip or miss-step can leave you with less than desirable results for weeks if not months. For example if Botox is injected in the area near the orbital bone right above the pupil it can drift down toward the upper eyelid and cause an eyelid droop.
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