Dermal Fillers vs Anti-Wrinkle Injections: Choosing a Strategy
Knowing which types of cosmetic injections your face will benefit most from, appearance wise, is a matter of five things:
(1) your existing facial anatomy and your primary facial appearance concerns
(2) your feature balance vs asymmetry and imbalance
(3) your facial ageing including skin condition and bone atrophy
(4) your personal cultural preferences for volumisation
(5) your understandings of what CAN be done with cosmetic injections versus cosmetic facial surgery (plastic surgery of the face, eyelids, jawline, chin or neck)
During a clinical assessment for injections, you and your Cosmetic Injecting Nurse or Doctor will investigate:
- your medical history and your suitability for injectable treatments
- your facial structure, including areas of the face that you might want to accentuate or adjust
- the best injecting strategies to address what concerns you most about your appearance (e.g, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, lip lines, a weak chin, thin lips or ‘invisible’ cheekbones)
- which areas and facial injecting strategies you want to start with, first, in terms of your cosmetic injecting budget and the cost of these injecting treatments
- your understandings of the procedure, risks and recovery times (there may be potential bruising)
Be sure you feel 100% comfortable with your cosmetic injector and his or her knowledge of facial anatomy and injecting options; as well as their background and training. If you’re uncomfortable with any aspects of the clinic, cosmetic injector and environment, don’t proceed.
Cosmetic Injecting: It’s an ART and a SCIENCE
- Good cosmetic injecting outcomes require a combined approach of aesthetic taste (your goals) and advanced medical knowledge relating to dermal filler and anti-wrinkle solution uses and injecting strategies.
- But you MUST keep your expectations realistic and understand the risks of dermal filler vs anti-wrinkle injections.
- Often, both dermal filler AND anti-wrinkle injections are the best solution to accomplish what a patient is wanting; but going slowly and not doing too much at once is usually wise.
- And it’s important to know that treatments will need to be repeated over time, if you like the results; as these are temporary solutions not permanent fillers (avoid permanent fillers at all costs).
Anti-Wrinkles, Dermal Fillers or Both? The Liquid Facelift
It’s important to understand that a highly-experienced Cosmetic Injector uses their extensive aesthetic experience AND their medical knowledge to help you choose:
- which aspects of your face to volumise with fillers vs
- which parts of your face to lift or relax using anti-wrinkle injections vs dermal filler injections
So in this blog, we briefly outline some common uses of cosmetic injections in our Melbourne Clinic for temporary facial enhancements and skin rejuvenation.
Anti-Wrinkle Injections vs Dermal Fillers: Uses
Anti-Wrinkle Solutions are used to relax lines and soften wrinkles
- Anti-Wrinkle Solutions relax certain facial muscles that create ever-deepening lines and wrinkles as you age
- Over time, anti-wrinkle treatments help to reduce these wrinkles (skin indentions or lines)
- They are injected to reduce dynamic facial expressions but leave your face still looking natural (versus stiff). Here, the skill of a good injector is paramount to avoid looking ‘overly injected’.
- They reduce the appearance of skin ageing by softening lines and wrinkles but sometimes textural treatments such as peels, lasers or Dermamalen are needed for pigmentation or texture concerns.
- used in dynamic expressions
They take 2 weeks to show effect on most patients. More than one treatment may be needed before you see significant results on some lines (these might occur 3 to 4 months apart). They do not address skin laxity.
Some commonly injected areas of the face where anti-wrinkle injections are used include:
- between the brows
- crow’s feet area or eyelid area
- near the lips or mouth
Dermal Fillers essentially help re-volumise areas of the face that need more projection or gentle shaping to get a better facial balance.
- Filler injections are used primarily to enhance, augment and sculpt certain features of the face – they are facial volumisers.
- They can sometimes also be used to help soften some lines or scars/skin indentions or to reduce under-eye shadows in the tear trough area (‘eye bags’)
- Dermal Fillers tend to have a facial rejuvenation effect and are an excellent enhancement option to combine with other rejuvenating facial procedures including a Face Lift Surgery, Neck Lift Surgery or skin resurfacing.
- The skeletal structures underlying your skin lose volume as you age, so fillers can re-volumise the face and cheeks or jawline, helping to reduce a drawn look or hallowed look to cheeks, chin, eyes, brow or temples.
- The skill of your injector is also paramount with facial fillers, to create better harmony rather than an ‘over filled’ or ‘over-volumised’ looking result.
Does age matter when you’re getting fillers or wrinkle injections?
- People of all ages over 18 get fillers, although there are debates about the pros and cons of beginning cosmetic injections at an early age.
- However, many people find dermal filler injections can subtly improve their natural facial contours – from brows to nose to cheeks to chins – at a cost that is far less than facial surgery or facial implants, such as chin implants or chin augmentation for a recessed chin.
- Plus, the fact that dermal fillers and muscle relaxers are temporary means the ‘new look’ can either be reversed, if necessary, OR will wear off in a period from 9 months to 18 months on average (or less).
Do Men Get Cosmetic Injections? Male Cosmetic Treatments
Women get more filler treatments than do men and have always led the way in facial enhancement procedures and skin care. But our culture is changing rapidly, and men are gaining greater access to – and comfort with – seeking skin care and facial rejuvenation treatments. At our Melbourne Clinic, we notice that more men are starting to seek these treatments out after seeing what it does for their female friends or partners.
Temporary Dermal Fillers – Facial Injections – how long do they last, and why do I need to get top up treatments?
How often will I need to get cosmetic injections or filler top ups?
It varies from person to person. Sometimes the type of filler, your body’s responses, your overall health and your pre and post injection care can have an effect on the duration of your fillers or anti-wrinkle treatments. So we list some average duration ranges of dermal fillers vs anti-wrinkle injections, but remember, these are not exact time frames and a variety of factors can influence result longevity.
Cosmetic Injection re-treatment times
It is optional to continue having dermal filler or anti-wrinkle injections, and time frames between treatments varies from patient to patient.
- You can typically expect a top-up will be needed for anti-wrinkle injections at around the 3 to 6 month mark, and from 6 months to 18 months for fillers, sometimes sooner for lip filler if required. A lot depends on how your body adapts to fillers.
- It is feasible to anticipate your health (inflammation), nutritional intake, hydration, post-injections care plan and your substance use habits may also have an impact on how long your fillers last.
- But it also depends on where the filler is injected and what type it is.
Here’s what’s good to know about them before you get started. But DO please read our treatment pages and our other blog articles on cosmetic injectables and skin care for more information. A good tip blog if you’ve never had filler or wrinkle injections before is: “First Timer Tips for Getting Injectables” and it is a good idea to read up on the dangers of cheap, discounted yet FAKE injectables and Filler Danger Zones.
Dermal fillers are mainly temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body. Many types of temporary dermal fillers are made of similar ingredients that are naturally occurring in the human body.
- Generally, effects of dermal filler injectables can last up to about six months or longer.
- Lip fillers may gradually reduce and many patients top up their lip fillers at the 5 to 7 month mark.
- Some dermal fillers may last as long as 9, 12 or even 18 months for some patients.
Others may need more frequent ‘top up’ sessions. Or perhaps you decide to further enhance your cheeks, chin or lips over time (but beware going overboard and ending up with TOO much filler, especially too much lip filler).
- Whilst injection treatments are renowned for having very LITTLE to zero down time, it is possible that you MIGHT be red, swollen or even bruised for a few days or even weeks after your treatment.
- Most swelling and bruising after having dermal filler or lip augmentation injections passes in a few days or a few weeks, so be sure you leave enough time between your injections and a big event.
- Ask our Melbourne Injectors what THEY do to minimise your risks and improve longevity – as not ALL injectors are alike (ours have advanced training and decades of experience and expertise).
Anti-Wrinkle Injections Relax the Muscles that lead to wrinkles.
But a skilled injector avoids the ‘expressionless facial appearance’ and gives you a natural result.
Anti-wrinkle injections provide you with smoother and younger looking skin around your eyes, nose and forehead.
- Anti-wrinkle injections can take up to 2 weeks to begin working.
- Multiple treatments may be required, from 3 to 4 to up to 6 months apart for most patients, to reduce lines and soften wrinkles (the more ingrained or deep, the more treatments before you see a smoothing of the lines – and you may need skin resurfacing as well).
- Sometimes, over time, you can get by with more infrequent top ups and still have smoother skin in those areas that used to have strong lines or wrinkles; but your skin will still age, and the theory of ‘turning back the clock’ is both temporary and requires maintenance treatments.
- However, most people are very happy with what these injectable treatments can accomplish, and it allows some to avoid the downtime or costs of facial surgery for a period of time.
You can achieve fuller lips and reduce the amount of visible lines around your mouth using Fillers; whilst muscle-relaxant solutions (using quality brand products) can remove years from your facial appearance.
Why not visit with our talented Injecting Clinicians such as Sandra Wallace RN and Cosmetic Physician, Dr Tina Purdon. For natural-looking results by highly experienced Cosmetic Injectors, phone (03) 8849 1444 and book a consultation for your top-up injections or for your first time “liquid facelift” injecting sessions.
Cosmetic Injections: There are many benefits to facial injectables and more and more men and women are looking to smooth and plump with the use of injections.
Read more about how injectables are being used to help refine and rejuvenate faces of people of many different ages.
If you’re wanting to reshape your lips or add volume to your cheeks, lips, jawline or temples, you’ll want to read on to learn some KEY preparation steps to take BEFORE your cosmetic injecting session or before your next ‘top up’ filler appointment.
Ready to get started? Send an enquiry form or phone our team to schedule an appointment and assessment: (03) 8849 1444.