Each New Year, there are always a few things from the previous one that we’d like to leave behind — poor diet and lifestyle habits, unhealthy relationships, or a less-than-satisfying work situation, just to name a few. But what about those increasingly noticeable fine lines and wrinkles popping up around your eyes and mouth? Good news! You can say goodbye to those as well!
While fine lines and wrinkles are a natural byproduct of aging, repetitive facial expressions and sun exposure, can often make you look older than you feel. Fortunately, there are a variety of highly effective skin treatment options to lessen their appearance and help you put your best face forward in 2022.
There are two primary types of FDA-approved cosmetic skin injectables: neuromodulators that temporarily relax or paralyze the muscles that contribute to wrinkle formation, and fillers, designed to add volume where it has been lost.
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, among others, are all neuromodulators designed to relax and smooth the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes and the mouth by temporarily paralyzing the muscles contributing to wrinkle formation. They will not “freeze” your face or make you void of expression, but simply prevent exaggerated repetitive movements that contribute to further wrinkling in highly prone areas.
They can also be used to make uneven eyebrows and eyelids more symmetrical, and soften the lines that contribute to a “tired” expression. The effect is dramatic and can last anywhere from three to six months depending on your lifestyle and metabolism. Botox and similar products offer the most benefit when used prior to wrinkles becoming too deeply set.
Juvederm, Ultra Plus, Volbella and Voluma are examples of another class of injectables known as fillers. These products literally fill in deeper wrinkles and plump up parts of the face, such as the apples of the cheeks and areas around the mouth and chin where age-related volume loss has occurred (or adequate volume was never present.)
Unlike neuromodulators that simply relax muscles, dermal fillers restore fullness to hollowed out areas with hyaluronic acid-based solutions injected into the soft tissue under the skin. Filling in areas where the underlying structure has dissipated prevents much of the sagging and drooping effect that contributes to looking older.
Fillers differ in formulation for specific areas of the face, and are not only great for addressing the signs of aging, they have the ability to enhance facial features by plumping up thin lip lines and removing under-eye shadows by subtly altering facial contours.
Injectables are minimally invasive and have zero to little downtime following treatment. Depending on the formulation you choose and the area to which it is applied, results can last from six to 18 months or longer.
When used in combination with each other, as well as Botox, Xeomin, etc., it is possible to achieve a natural, refreshed look that is you, only better!
Your licensed medical professional at Kalologie MedSpa Austin can help you determine which type of injectables will best address your concerns.
In an ever-growing field of regenerative wrinkle-reducing technology, Sofwave is the latest innovation in ultrasound skin treatments. Sofwave targets the tissues in the mid-dermis with multiple high-intensity ultrasound beams of energy that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, and lift wrinkles and skin folds from the inside out.
Designed to address lines and wrinkles on the face and neck, as well as loose skin underneath your neck or chin, Sofwave features an integrative cooling system that, unlike some other ultrasound therapies, leaves no damage to the outer layer of skin, so you can return to work (or play) immediately following treatment. Initial results from the 45-minute procedure are immediate, with more to come over the following months as increased collagen production continues. You and your practitioner can discuss if an additional Sofwave session is needed to complete your refresh.
Whether you want to discuss injectables, technology or regular skin care maintenance, Kalologie MedSpa Austin offers many options for eliminating or reducing fine lines and wrinkles without surgery. Contact us today to discuss which treatment may be just right for you.