A common question I get asked is ‘what is the difference between wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers’?
There is a common misconception that having wrinkle relaxing injectionsmeans walking out looking like you have been attacked with the surgeons knife and plumped full of god knows what.
People also still associate the trout pout lips and a frozen lower face with injectables however this could not be further from the truth.
I am often explaining that wrinkle relaxing injections are used to soften dynamic lines and stop the movement of muscles (which cause wrinkles). They cannot cause an increase in volume or alter the shape of the face. This is the role of dermal fillers.
WHAT ARE WRINKLE RELAXERS?
Wrinkle relaxers do just that, they work with dynamic lines to stop contraction of muscles of facial expression to soften existing wrinkles and prevent the formation of new ones.
Now here is where some confusion lies. We cannot name the individual product’s as these are medications. Australian law prevents the advertising of individual medications, and for good reason. There are three agents available in Australia at present, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. So you will see a huge amount of words in advertising, different clinics, online etc which really refer to the same treatment. A few of these include:
Neuromodulators (this is the term I use medically)
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
There is also confusion surrounding dermal fillers with the legacy of silicon still bitter in our mouths. This is no longer used as a volume restoration agent and although there are still human and bovine collagen equivalents on the market, here at Dr Kate we prefer to use naturally occurring gel like substance which occurs within our skin.
These injectable gels contain a naturally occurring substance found within the skin and is essential to maintain internal hydration and moisture retention within the skin. It is used to improve skin volume and hydration, restore and enhance facial features and also augment lips.
So what dermal filler to chose, there is a huge variety of products the market. Again the prevention of advertising also creates some confusion. You can break dermal fillers down into a few categories:
Very superficial/skin boosting to Superficial to deep fillers
Semi-permanent to permanent fillers
Passive filling agents vs active agents
Collagen vs hyaluronic acid vs calcium hydrocylapatite (CaHA) vs poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) microspheres
Confused? What filler do I need? What do they mean? You’re injecting my face with WHAT???
When you come in for a consultation I will assess your facial structure and areas of concern and determine the need a particular filler. Deeper and more superficial fillers can be used together to restore lost volume and contour the face for example. The use of wrinkle relaxing injections can also work synergistically with fillers. This is a case by case basis but it is nice to know there are a huge array of options for you.
But hey despite all this some people like the trout pout look and expressionless face, however I doubt they will be coming to see me. I can refer you to some injectors who can help with this :)
I focus on prevention, augmentation of natural features with aesthetially pleasing results. If you walk out and someone asks if you have had work done then I have failed at my job.
Have a lovely day and please let me know if there are any topics you would like to hear more about (vampire facials anyone?)
Dr Kate x