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Thinking about having injectable dermal fillers? before you do read our express guide to knowing your facial filler zones and areas.
Dermal fillers were initially made of collagen. This all changed with the advent of hyaluronic acid in the 1990s, yielding brands such as Restylane and Juvederm.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar-based molecule that is present in our skin, eyes and joints. It is produced synthetically and packaged into syringes of different thicknesses. Lasting anything from 6 to 18 months, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are reversible gels that are injected into and under the skin for improving fine lines and wrinkles as well as lip enhancements and facial volume replacement.
Frown lines (glabella)
Overactive eyebrow muscles often create angry ”number 11” lines which can be relaxed with Botox. Results can last four months, but only go to an experienced medical practitioner such as a cosmetic doctor as side effects include droopy eyelids and a Mr. Spock eyebrow!
Very common in men and older women, horizontal forehead lines can be softened with Botox injections. It’s better to have just small amounts as too much can risk a heavy brow and a frozen shiny forehead.
Usually the first lines to appear in your early 30s these can be successfully improved with Botox injections. Results may not last the characteristic 3 to 4 months typical for most Botox treatments as you are only targeting the over active part of the eye muscle. Overtreatment can cause compensation lines to develop under the eyes.
Formed as a result of laxity of the cheek skin this common area can be treated with the injection of a dermal filler such as Juvederm. Results can last for up to 12 months but be careful as too much here can lead to a lumpy overdone look.
The plague of most women this can give a downturned mouth effect. Careful placement of dermal filler in a triangular arrangement can lift the corner of the mouth and sharpen the smile. Side effects can include some bruising.