These days, cosmetic surgery and procedures are about as common as dying your hair. Celebrities have made cosmetic procedures seem like the norm. There are actually a lot of options available when it comes to facial injections, from botox to fillers and even the latest trend – vitamin injections. Intrigued?
What’s Out There?
Everyone’s heard of Botox, but there is quite a bit of confusion as to the effects of Botox versus fillers like Hyaluronic Acid or Juvederm. Often used on the forehead or crow’s feet, Botox essentially works by relaxing the muscle, eliminating the wrinkles that form when making facial expressions like frowning. The treatment is temporary, with results lasting between 3-4 months.
Different to Botox, fillers work by plumping out areas that have lost their fullness with age. They can be used to naturally manipulate the shape of the face, and there are several common types available. The two main groups are synthetic fillers and natural fillers.
Natural: The most common natural filler is hyaluronic acid, a natural element of the skin that is present in the human body. The effects are temporary and can last up to 18 months, although most people will need at least one follow-up a year to maintain their results. Juvederm, the substance reportedly behind Kylie Jenner’s lip transformation, is made from non-animal derived hyaluronic acid and is one of the most widely used natural fillers.
Synthetic: Synthetic fillers such as liquid collagen provide much longer lasting results, and are considered semi-permanent. However as the filler doesn’t dissipate, meaning any new wrinkles that develop will have been caused by further aging or sun damage, instead of the filler wearing off.
Vitamin injections involve dozens of micro-injections delivering a cocktail of Vitamins A, B, C and E, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, elastin and hyaluronic acid (for moisturization). This stimulates the cells that produce collagen and makes the skin firmer. Effects are apparent after two weeks, it’s recommended that stimulates fibroblasts, the skin cells that produce collagen – a protein providing the firmness that becomes depleted with age.
What are the risks:
As with anything, even dyeing your hair, there are risks. Make sure you are visiting a reputable doctor and have consulted with them about all the risks! If you do it properly, you’ll end up with great results!
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