There are very important differences between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, in that they perform very different functions when injected into the skin.
An anti-wrinkle injection act as a neuromodulator, modifying the way your nerves and muscles operate to stop the muscle action that causes wrinkle formation. Dermal fillers act to add volume, for example in the lips or cheeks, and some even act as skin rejuvenators at the same time.
Both anti-wrinkle neuromodulators and dermal fillers are injected underneath specific layers of skin, with each product designed uniquely for a certain set of tasks. Each base product is made up of generally the same ingredients, in each class, but different brands formulate their specific products uniquely.
There is no surgery involved in either anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers. While it is invasive in the sense that a product is injected into the skin, it is a normal injection that is not considered surgical in nature.
Anti-wrinkle injections contain a neuromodulator produced by a bacterium that relaxes muscles and nerves when used in tiny amounts. There are only a couple of brands available that have been approved for human use, but these neuromodulators are used broadly in medicine outside of cosmetic dermatology, for example for migraines or excess sweating. In faces, anti-wrinkle injections are used to help prevent new wrinkles and to reduce the appearance of old or emerging wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are used to fill out sallow areas of the face, plump up cheeks or lips, and rejuvenate the skin. A naturally-occuring substance is now the most commonly used dermal filler, and is a substance found naturally in our skin, providing hydration and better cellular performance. This is how dermal fillers – unlike anti-wrinkle injections – actually improve your skin over time.
You should expect different things from these two cosmetic treatments, and they can be used together for great effect. Uses of anti-wrinkle injections may be to keep a frown line or crow’s feet at bay, while dermal filler can plump lips or fill out acne scarring. Anti-wrinkle injections work on any line caused by movement, usually expression lines like those that appear when you laugh or frown. Any lines or wrinkles caused by sagging cannot be helped with anti-wrinkle injections, but dermal filler can then step in.
Neither anti-wrinkle injections or dermal filler are long-lasting – both are reabsorbed over months, lasting maybe up to six months or a year for dermal filler, depending on the area, and 3-4 months for anti-wrinkle injections.
Deciding what to get isn’t really an issue when you have a good cosmetic dermatologist, who can examine your skin and establish just what would best suit it. Young people tend to want less treatments, and they can be performed as preventatives and as part of a lifelong cosmetic dermatology plan.
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