Dermal Fillers: Pros and Cons

Patients who are in search of a non-surgical procedure to slow the aging process often turn to dermal fillers. Fats or synthetic materials are injected into the face, providing additional volume and smoothing out wrinkles.

While the idea of a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that can provide instant youthfulness to a patient’s tired, sagging skin may seem like a great idea, there are pros and cons to dermal fillers, as with any other medical procedure. Read on to learn more.

Pros

Short Recovery Time

Due to the fact that the treatment is not invasive and often requires little more than a small amount of topical numbing, patients who receive dermal fillers are often able to recover within the same day. The procedure takes 30 minutes at most and while there is a minimal amount of discomfort and pain involved, patients are usually recovered within 48 hours, tops.

Natural Products Are Used

The acid used in dermal fillers is similar to the acid your own body creates. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally located within the human body. The presence of this acid leads to increased skin hydration and significantly decreases the risk of any unpleasant side effects.

Face Instantly Appears More Youthful

By filling in areas of the face that have begun to decline during the aging process, Botox dermal fillers provide the face with an instantly more youthful appearance. Lips can be made fuller, wrinkles close to the eye can be smoothed out, and scars are able to be eliminated. Patients have been known to notice a change in their face’s appearance as soon as the injections are finished.

Cons

Cost Of Procedure

While the initial cost of the treatment is much lower than plastic surgery, dermal fillers only last for roughly 6-9 months, at which point touch up appointments will be needed. If this is the case, your overall cost begins to skyrocket. When consulting your doctor on a course of treatment, be sure to consider your budget first.

Potential For Allergic Reactions

The potential for an allergic reactions is one major reason why you should schedule an initial consultation with the physician performing your procedure. Botox’s materials are derived from cattle, which can cause a severe allergic reaction. Since there may be a risk of an adverse reaction, this gives the doctor the opportunity to decrease this risk by using human fat instead.

Numerous Side Effects

The outer layer of the skin tends to experience a certain level of bruising and bleeding. Itching is also a common side effect and patients may find that they are unable to consume alcohol or participate in strenuous exercises for a certain length of time following Botox related procedures.

Facials

What are Facials?

Facials are sort of like thorough dental cleanings during regular dentist checkups — but for your face. Like cleanings, they perform deep cleansing that regular daily routines do not, whilst analyzing the skin for specific issues. They will also attempt to assess your specific skin type to better determine what your specific composition needs.

Facials are performed by a specialized people called an estheticians, who are licensed to give facials and upper body messages, chemical peels, and a few other services, but are not qualified to perform a full body message. The amount and type of training an esthetician must receive depends on state, and typically includes training of around five hundred hours before they are allowed to perform this service on someone. Sometimes, cosmetologists may also perform facials.

What to Expect?

During a facial, you will usually:

  • first, be asked by your esthetician about your skin care regimen, home habits, diet, etc;
  • receive a skin analysis, detailing your skin type, such as dry, oily, porous;
  • be within a scrupulously clean, as well as amiable, environment;
  • receive a steaming, to loosen blackheads (not for sensitive skin);
  • deep exfoliation, which softens skin by removing dead skin;
  • a message (again, not full body, but face and possibly shoulder and arms), possibly accompanied by aromatherapy (this relaxes you whilst helping detoxify your skin);
  • extractions, in which the esthetician remove blackheads and whiteheads;
  • often, a mask will be applied near sthe end;
  • and any serums or lotions, such as moisturizers or sun screen, will be applied last.
  • Estheticians should always redirect you to a dermatologist for serious skin issues.

Different Types of Facials

Although most facials follow the basic steps listed above, there are different types of facials that may be performed, depending on your skin type and issues.

Typical Facials

The most common facials perform basic cleaning and exfoliating, like the steps described above, with little extra.

Acne Removal Facials

These are, obviously, focused on removing white – and – black – heads, especially in those with excessively oily skin. Deep cleaning and exfoliating is performed to unclog and cleanse pores. Steaming will be done prior to extraction, to get rid of any existing blemishes. Masks designed to reduce and eliminate acne will also be applied. For regular treatment of acne, this type of facial should be done frequently.

Paraffin Facials

Paraffin facials utilize paraffin wax for dry, undernourished skin. A mask is applied to the face, and warm wax applied over that. These more extreme facials serve to beautify, as well as nourish, clean, and hydrate skin.

Electrical Current Facials

Serving a similar function to face lifts, electric current facials work by exposing the face to a mild electric shock to increase circulation and improve skin quality. They make the skin look more bouncy and young.

Fruit Facials

These are the most environmentally friendly and affordable facial option. Various fruits, such as those high in vitamin C, are applied to the skin in a therapeutic way. The type of fruit determines its use; citrus fruits add shine to the skin, and skins high in antioxidants (i.e., blueberries) help to improve aging skin.

Anti-Aging Facials

Many different facials, like collagen facials, are designed specifically to target skin aging. Microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells to rejuvenate skin more effectively than simple exfoliating. Collagen add volume and youth to skin.

Why are Facials important?

Facials can serve various purposes, from dulling the effects of aging to nourishing the skin, but basic facials are essential as they provide deep cleaning and essential care to your skin.

Summer Skin Tips

Skin Tips For Summer That Will Save You And Your Skin

With winter now behind us ladies it’s time to look to start that summer fun. As we transition the seasons let’s keep in mind that although we all enjoy our summer activities we need to make sure that we aren’t just physically safe in our adventures, but that we keep our body safe as well. To help out with this I have some skin tips for summer.

In recent years skin cancer has been on the rise not just in summer, but all seasons. Summer is the season that you typically have the most skin exposed to the suns most harsh rays. So ladies here are a few tips that will help you keep your skin safe this summer and still look beautiful while doing it.

For those of Irish and German decent summer can be the hardest season for you because quite frankly your predisposed to burn. Some items that will help you this summer are sun block at least SPF 35 if you go any higher the formula weakens. Cover your body and remember to put more on after about two hours. For the creases along your head where your hair can’t protect you try finding a sunscreen sprits. The sprits can go where most creams can’t this includes the patches of skin on your head that your hair just can’t always protect.

If you like drinking wine specifically red wines then you are step ahead in planning if you get sunburned this summer. Red wine is made with red grapes and they contain a chemical called Resveratol that works as an anti –inflammatory as well as an antioxidant. This can help you heal moderate burns much faster.

For those ladies that just refuse to keep put sun block on because it washes off your make- up what if you didn’t have to. In today’s make- up market there are over a twenty different brands that have started put sun block in there make-up some you can pick up at the store and other that are higher quality can be bought from a local representative.

Now for the other problem that happens in summer, Acne. You can either scrub you skin in a shower to keep the pours open or you can do something fun and keep up with your typical summer diet. Did you know that watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries can help your skin? The watermelon and cantaloupe increases your natural SPF and strawberry juice swiped over your skin can help even out your complexion.

So you didn’t listen to the suggestions above and you got a really bad burn well here are some ways to help you out and guys this will work for you too. First you want to use the Aloe Vera you have purchased, but make sure it has Vitamin E in it or it won’t really help you any. Next, go to your freezer and take out the vanilla ice cream. Yes, you read that right. There is an ingredient in the ice cream called lactic acid that is also in plain yogurt that helps heal bad sunburns because it actually eats away at dead skin and moisturized the damaged cells.

And last but not least the best tip I can give you to keep both you and your skin safe for summer is to shower in cool water after spending time in the sun. By showering in cooler water you actually allow the heated skin to cool down and if you did get burned this will help sooth your burn.

So please this summer before you hit the beach remember my skin tips for summer and load up on sun block, pack your aloe vera and bring your favorite fruits because you never know when the sun might decide not to play nice.