With the aesthetic medicine market still in its rapid growth phase, there seems to be much speculation particularly regarding dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections – specifically surrounding their differences and which injectable is essentially ‘the best’. Plus, with non-surgical rejuvenations on the rise, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections account for the majority as two of the main-drivers within the industry. More than often, patients are left questioning which treatment is best for them and their objectives. Whilst both treatments provide fantastic results when it comes to reviving the appearance and conserving youthful complexions, each have their own specialised characteristics to help create a desired result in the appearance of patients. Also, when it comes to choosing which treatment is right – both practitioners and patients need to be aware of the main differences between the two treatments to avoid opting for the wrong one.
Now that we have established what each injectable is, we need to determine how they individually work and what each patient can expect from a treatment. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the two treatments is how long they both last. It’s important to note that both injectables are temporary unlike invasive surgery options that aim to fix similar perceived flaws.
For example, anti-wrinkle injections are not permanent, and the effects of this treatment will eventually wear off – allowing the injected muscle to contract again. With many factors to consider including the patient, the brand of anti-wrinkle used and area of injection – patients can expect to see results for up to 6 months. However, regular top-up treatments with anti-wrinkle injections can often affect how long the results may last. Moreover, it’s important to note that the effects of anti-wrinkle injections are not visible straight away; once injected, it takes time for the injectable to start working and relaxing the muscles. Results can vary from person to person however the effects of anti-wrinkle injections will start to take effect after 3-5 days.
Similarly to anti-wrinkle injections – dermal fillers are not permanent and will eventually dissolve naturally over time. Longevity of dermal fillers also depends on various factor such as the dermal filler range used, patients skin type, injection area, injection protocol and other elements however – the general effects of dermal fillers can last up to 12 months. Moreover, with dermal fillers, whilst everyone is different – most patients report seeing results immediately. However, sometimes swelling and bruising may occur post-injection and patients should expect to see fully rested results within 48 hours.
Another difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers is their treatment areas – something that most patients are eager to come to terms with.
As anti-wrinkle injections are generally directed at treating ‘overly-expressive’ areas including frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet – these injectables tend to focus on the upper portions of the face. However, dermal fillers are more versatile and can be used in multiple areas across the face to help restore lost volume and to enhance the features including the lips, cheeks, chin, jaw, and nose.
So, with all the above to take into consideration – it’s vital that patients and practitioners consider the specific goals of the patient and their specific concerns. As both injectables work differently and on different areas of the face, it’s important to refine the end-goal and to decide with the help of a trained professional which injectable is most suited. So, whether you want to enhance and restore lost volume with dermal filler or smooth out and reduce the appearance of fine lines and folds with anti-wrinkle injections a consultation with a knowledgeable practitioner may be required to help determine your suitability for the treatment.
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