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Muscle Relaxants vs Dermal Fillers: Part 2

Muscle Relaxants and Dermal Fillers are two popular injectable options to reduce the telltale signs of ageing. How do you know which is right for you? Following on from the previous Muscle Relaxants blog, let’s explore Dermal Fillers in detail.

Injectables, Part 2: Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers work differently from muscle relaxants.  While muscle relaxants work to address the ‘moving’ lines on the face, dermal fillers pay attention to the static, more permanent lines that develop as we age.

Dermal fillers can be used in the upper layers of the skins to soften visible fine lines without altering the natural contour of the face. Additionally, dermal fillers can also address frown and smile lines, hollow cheeks and eyes, as well as to lift the contours of the cheeks or jawlines.

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upper cheek marionette fillers

What are they used for?

Dermal fillers are used at varying depths of the skin to address different concerns. There are the multiple dermal filler products available for various applications, such as:

Deeper fillers:

  • Fill the hollow areas in the cheeks
  • Lift the cheeks and jawline for a more youthful look

Medium depth fillers:

  • Subtly change the contours of your face by filling deep lines, skin folds and hollows
  • Lift corners of the mouth
  • Address frown and smile lines.

More superficial fillers:

  • Reduce or eliminate fine lines
  • Increase the fullness of the lips
  • Fill hollow areas under the eyes.

What are the benefits? 

One major perk that comes along with opting for a temporary filler is that the procedures are typically pretty painless and you will notice the results quickly.

Additionally, dermal fillers can help to make your skincare routine more seamless. How so? Well, as dermal fillers smooth lines, folds and hollows on the face, this makes for an easier application of your skincare products.

 

What are the disadvantages?

After receiving your dermal filler injection, there is a chance that you will notice redness, swelling and/or bruising around the treatment area. However, these effects will subside in a few days.

 

How long do dermal fillers last?

This very much depends on the type of filler, the area of the body, and the individual. Generally, results can last anywhere from 6-24 months. We would discuss expected results as part of your initial consultation.

 

Which option is best for you?

Your aesthetic goals are the key criteria when deciding between muscle relaxants or dermal fillers. Before undergoing a treatment, we always recommend consulting with a trained medical practitioner to ensure that you select a treatment that is right for you.

Unlike some clinics, our injectable treatments are all performed by a highly skilled in-house doctor. Dr Helena Rosengren will discuss your concerns and desired/possible outcomes before administering the suitable treatment.  Book in a consultation here to help you achieve your skin goals!

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What’s Best for Me: Muscle Relaxants or Dermal Fillers?

When we’re young, our skin is rich in hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. These elements work to keep our skin plump, firm and hydrated. However, as we age, our skin begins to produce less of these elements which causes our skin to become drier and less elastic. Sun exposure and gravity can also take a toll, causing skin to sag and wrinkles to form.

Muscle Relaxants and Dermal Fillers are two popular injectable options to reduce the telltale signs of ageing. But how do you know which is right for you? Over the next two blogs, we’ll give you the rundown on both of these treatments and how they might work for you.

Injectables, Part One: Muscle Relaxants

What are they?

Botulinum A muscle relaxants work to block signals between the nerves and muscles, so the injected areas do not contract. As a result, muscle relaxants help to minimise signs of aging by relaxing the muscles that cause facial expression lines such as forehead lines when you raise your eyebrows and crows’ feet when you smile.

What can they be used for? 

Muscle relaxants are generally used to eliminate the visible lines or wrinkles that appear as your face naturally moves.

The most common treatment areas include:

  • The frowning area: the lines that are visible on your forehead when you raise your eyebrows.
  • Crow’s feet: The creases that appear around your eyes when you smile.
  • Bunny lines on the nose: These mostly appear when smiling.
  • Down turning of the corners of the mouth: These occur naturally as you age.
  • Strap muscles in the neck: These can be prominent when certain facial expressions are used.

What are the benefits? 

As stated above, muscle relaxants work to minimise ‘moving’ lines and wrinkles. The results of this treatment are not instantaneous….but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This gradual effect helps to ensure a subtle difference, making it difficult to detect that you’ve had work done.

What are the disadvantages?

When deciding which treatment is better suited to you, it’s important to weigh up the cons along with the pros.

While muscle relaxants work to reduce the lines and wrinkles that appear when your face is naturally moving, this treatment will unfortunately not work on the lines you see when your face is at rest. This means that if you have deep lines in your frown area, these do not disappear with this treatment. However, muscle relaxants will prevent the deepening of these lines when you frown.

While it is rare that you would experience complications when receiving this treatment from a skilled administrator, there are still some potential risks that you should be aware of. These risks include pain, tenderness, redness of the skin, infection and bruising around the injected areas. These issues will subside within a week after treatment.

How long do muscle relaxants last?

Muscle relaxants are a short-term cosmetic solution as the effects of this treatment generally lasts for around three months. However, this treatment can also last for six to eight months for some lucky people. Ultimately, the lifespan of this treatment will depend on the individual.

Click here for Injectables, Part Two: Dermal Fillers

Before undergoing a treatment, we always recommend consulting with a trained medical practitioner to ensure that you select a treatment that is right for you.  Unlike some clinics, our injectable treatments are all performed by a highly skilled in-house doctor. Dr Helena Rosengren will discuss your concerns and desired/possible outcomes before administering the suitable treatment.  Book in a consultation here to help you achieve your skin goals!

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