After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes, nose, mouth, and on the forehead often develops deep lines and wrinkles. While genes play a part in the aging process, until now, these types of wrinkles have been difficult to treat. Expression lines may often make you look older, tired, or stressed.
Dermal fillers are a blanket term for a number of different products intended to add bulk or volume to areas that appear wrinkled or hollow, such as around the cheekbones. Fillers are recommended for application in certain areas of your face where volume is beneficial. This includes your lips, nasolabial folds (smile lines), and “marionette” lines (lines near your lips that seem to turn down). Fillers range from temporary to semi-permanent and tend to be priced based on how long the filler lasts. Fillers are also used for lip augmentations.
Fillers aren’t to be confused with Botox, which is another injectable material that treats certain types of wrinkles. Botox is going to relax a muscle that is contracted, while fillers plump areas that once had volume or require it for cosmetic or reconstructive applications.
Botox is also used to treat migraines, blepharospasms, and hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.