Each and every one wants to maintain a youthful appearance. This is not simple vanity – the marketing and advertising industry have programmed us to value youth, or at least the appearance of youth. To appear youthful is to increase the possibilities of success in both our professional and personal lives, as well as increasing our levels of self-respect.
However – what method is best when it comes to maintaining that youthful appearance.
Rachel Gregory from Euphoria Cosmedic talks about dermal fillers like Botox.
“Increasingly people are turning to dermal fillers to replace components that the skin loses as we age. The most important of these components are collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. Decreasing levels of these lead to increases in the appearance of wrinkles and a skin that looks tired and worn.
Dermal fillers replace these components. however, there are many different types – so which one is best?”
Juvederm is ideal for replacing the moisture that is lost during the aging process. It is available in gel form and contains hyaluronic acid which absorbs moisture. The moisture absorbent nature of the acid plumps up areas, especially around the lips and nose and gives a fresh, youthful appearance. Adding to the attraction of this treatment is the fact that it can last up to 12 months – however, some people may require a ‘boost’ after six months.
Another treatment that relies on the effects of hyaluronic acid this is especially useful to reduce the appearance of fine lines such as laugh lines and crows feet. It can also be used to plump up the chin and is especially useful for filling in the area under the eyes which may become ‘hollowed out’ as we age. A single treatment can last for longer than six months. It is also the preferred treatment for many people due to the fact that it is not derived from animals so allergic reactions do not often occur.
The active ingredient in this treatment is collagen. This aids in strengthening the bodies own skin support structures leading to a firmer appearance of sagging skin. Evolence is also useful in smoothing out the appearance of deeper wrinkles and lines. A single treatment can last up to a year. The product is derived from pig skin so it may not be suitable for use by people with certain religious beliefs.
One of the more interesting dermal fillers Sculptra is obtained from fruit acids. The active ingredient is called poly-L-lactic acid. This acid encourages the body’s natural production of collagen which can reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and lines on the face. However, unlike other treatments, the effectiveness of Sculptra requires that several treatments take place over a period of months. However, once this course of treatments is complete the effects can last up to two years. The synthetic nature of the treatment reduces the possibility of any type of allergic reaction.
As is always recommended consult your dermatologist or skin treatment professional before choosing which dermal filler is right for your particular skin type and the results which you want to achieve.