Summer is hard on the skin, and you might start noticing the toll that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun take on the skin very quickly. UV rays accelerate the aging process, causing an increase in wrinkles, brown pigmentation, and even sagging skin. Of course, preventing sun damage in the first place is ideal, but there are ways to help offset the effects of aging, from wrinkles to brown pigmentation, sagging skin, and facial volume loss. Unfortunately, many of these treatments rely on the fact that the skin will be protected from the sun, which is not a realistic goal for many people in the summer, especially in sunny states. Because of this, Botox® and fillers can be good options for anti-aging in the summer. But what makes these good options?
A Summary of Botox® and Fillers
So what are Botox® and fillers? Practically everyone knows about Botox®, the classic injectable treatment that smooths out wrinkles using a safe, effective formula derived from botulinum toxin. Fillers are another injectable treatment type, but there are many different brands available, and these work by adding volume to the face. The major difference between the two treatments is the kinds of wrinkles they treat and how they work, as the treatment process itself is very similar.
You know those lines that show up at the corners of your eyes? The lines across your forehead? Those are “dynamic” wrinkles, and they’re caused by repetitive movements. Botox® limits the movements of these muscles for a few months, which causes the lines to relax and become less visible.
The deep folds between your nose and cheeks can get worse with age, and these kinds of wrinkles are where fillers shine. Brands like Restylane and Juvederm make formulas that can fill in these kinds of lines for several months and make the face look more youthful.
Good Summer Options
Unlike many treatments, Botox® and fillers are a good choice for summer because there is no skin resurfacing involved. Many skin treatments involve “peeling” or resurfacing the skin, leaving it vulnerable to sun damage—not something you want in the summer when the sun doesn’t quit. Sun exposure after skin treatments can lead to problems like hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), so if you’d like a quick fix for skin rejuvenation, consider Botox® or fillers in the summer. Of course, there are some problems these convenient treatments can’t fix—like sagging skin or brown pigmentation, but fillers especially are very versatile.
A Simple Procedure
Regardless of the injection type, the treatment process doesn’t change very much. A little topical anesthetic may be applied if the patient is nervous, and the injection itself usually takes only a few minutes. Depending on the formula, patient’s might see results right away, or they may have to wait up to a week to truly enjoy the benefits.
Side effects are mild, and generally include localized bruising, swelling, and redness, which subside quickly most of the time.
Affordable and Accessible
Another positive aspect of Botox® and dermal filler treatments is how affordable and accessible they are. Unlike cosmetic surgery, which costs thousands, these treatments typically run in the hundreds, making them a good option for people just getting started with anti-aging treatments. That said, costs can add up quickly, so patients should be aware that these temporary treatments can be inefficient in the long run.
There are very few requirements for candidacy when it comes to injectable treatments, and most people are eligible for the procedures. This accessibility only boosts the popularity of injectables as more people discover the benefits.
Finding a Provider
Because these procedures are so simple and readily available, you might think that it’s easy to find a provider who can give you great results with just a wave of the needle. Of course, it’s not that simple. Providing patients with consistently good results from these procedures is very difficult, and only a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is qualified to administer these treatments.
If you are looking for exceptional results, seek out the help of an experienced cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Diane Walder of the Miami area to help you reach your goals. If you’d like to discuss your treatment with a true professional, call Dr. Walder’s office at 305-866-2177 today.