Non-surgical facial aesthetics are growing in popularity. Dermal fillers, lip fillers and anti-wrinkle injections (such as Botox) are the most commonly requested treatments. As dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections become more affordable and more widely available, it is vital that patients are informed and knowledgeable about the potential benefits and risks of treatment.
Anti-wrinkle injections and fillers are both commonly used to turn back the clock and address the signs of ageing. Fillers can also be used to sculpt the features and to create symmetry or restore lost volume.
Choosing the right option for your aesthetic concerns can help you to achieve longer-lasting results that meet and exceed your expectations. In this blog, we will explore the treatment options in more detail to help you to understand the benefits and limitations of each one.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a non-permanent treatment option for plumping up the skin in strategic areas. They are commonly used to restore lost volume and sculpt the face. They can also be used to strategically change the appearance of features, making them appear more symmetrical or refined. It’s possible to achieve a non-surgical nose job using strategically placed dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are commonly made from hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It helps to retain moisture, which is why it is ideal for boosting volume and smoothing out wrinkles.
What can dermal fillers treat?
Dermal fillers are perfect for:
- Enhancing shallow contours
- Boosting volume in the cheeks, nose and chin
- Improve the appearance of scarring
- Concealing hollows and dark circles under the eyes
- Improving the appearance of dimpled skin
What dermal fillers can’t do
Dermal fillers cannot:
- Treat deep wrinkles or lines
- Correct sagging skin
It’s also worth noting that dermal fillers are not a permanent solution. The results from a dermal filler treatment generally last between six and twelve months, depending on the type of filler used and where it is injected.
What are lip fillers?
Lip fillers are a popular treatment for adding volume and definition to the lips. They can also be used to correct asymmetry or make the lips appear fuller and plumper. Lip fillers are most commonly made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. It helps to retain moisture, which is why it is ideal for boosting volume in the face.
What can lip fillers treat?
Lip fillers can be used to:
- Add volume and definition to the lips
- Correct asymmetry
- Make the lips appear fuller and plumper
What lip fillers can’t do
Lip fillers can’t stop the ageing process, but they can help to delay it. They are also not a permanent solution, so you’ll need to top up your treatment if you want to maintain the results.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections, such as Botox, are a popular treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The most common areas to treat are the forehead, around the eyes and between the eyebrows. This treatment works by temporarily paralysing the muscles under the skin. When these relax, the skin above appears smoother and more refined.
What can anti-wrinkle injections treat?
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to:
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Smooth out the skin
- Reduce the appearance of crow’s feet
- Tighten up the skin around the jawline
What anti-wrinkle injections can’t do
Anti-wrinkle injections are not a permanent solution and they will need to be repeated every few months to maintain the results. There is also the risk of over-use, which can lead to a frozen appearance when the skin appears very shiny.
Which treatment is right for me?
The best way to find out which treatment is right for you is to book a consultation with our team. They will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend the best treatment option for you.
During your consultation, you should be honest and open about your concerns and motivations. This will help your aesthetician to offer personalised advice that is most likely to help you achieve the results you are looking for.