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Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections Or Dermal Fillers Right For You? Ask Yourself These Questions To Find Out

Dr. Wafaa M. El Mouhebb

30 June 2020

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Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections Or Dermal Fillers Right For You?

Do I know the difference between treatment options?

 

Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers have received noteworthy attention spurred by medical publications, research initiatives, and celebrity usage. Despite the notoriety, many prospective patients are unclear on the actual difference between the two treatment options. The primary difference is the method each treatment uses to achieve results. While anti-wrinkle injections work by reducing muscle activity around the most commonly susceptible areas for wrinkles, dermal fillers work by using hyaluronic acid to boost collagen production and replace collagen loss.

Oftentimes, treatment options are determined by the type of wrinkles you wish to eliminate. For example, anti-wrinkle injections are excellent for dynamic, moving portions of the face (lines that occur with expressions) while dermal fillers may be better suited for ‘static’ lines that are visible even without facial expressions.

Always consult a reputable professional before making a decision.

Do I have noticeable wrinkles and fine lines?

 

If you’re beginning to notice an uptick in your frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet, and eyebrow wrinkles, anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers could be a viable solution. Wrinkles develop after years of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, facial expressions (smiling, frowning, squinting), collagen breakdown, and the natural ageing process.

By using injectable solutions (anti-wrinkle injections) that freeze facial muscles, deeper wrinkles are prevented while existing wrinkles are smoothed. On the other hand, dermal fillers incorporate hyaluronic acid to hydrate, plump, and reshape facial sagging. As a result, immediate improvements in volume, elasticity, and roughness can be achieved.

Of note, if you’re unsure whether anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers are a better solution to your unique situation, please feel free to reach out to our team at Dr Wafaa Clinic for guidance. We’re available directly via our contact page. 

Am I afraid of needles, injections, or pricks? 

 

Trypanophobia is a medical term for ‘fear of needles.’ Fortunately, anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers use incredibly small needles – especially when compared to the standard needle size for flu shots and vaccines.

If you’re someone who is generally uncomfortable with the thought of needles, you can take comfort in knowing that anti-ageing injections involve only subtle insertions that carry a minimal amount of pain. Additionally, ice and topical numbing creams are available before treatment to reduce pain even further. As a result, you can enjoy the benefits of anti-ageing injections without needle-related anxiety.

Am I on a tight timeline for results?

 

Do you have a wedding on the near horizon? Perhaps you’re preparing for auditions or a major casting role? Or maybe you have a series of upcoming events in the near future? No matter what your current situation is, results can be as fast as 10 minutes with dermal fillers and 10 to 14 days with anti-wrinkle injections.

Your treatment selection could vary depending on how soon you need results. In either case, facial injection results provide visible positive changes in a moment’s notice.

For the best results on the fastest timeline possible, experience matters. Always ensure your clinic has the requisite training, certifications, and degrees before proceeding with various treatment options. 

Is vacation time at my current position limited?

 

Positions within real estate, finance, and the entertainment industry are notorious for demanding schedules. If you’re someone who is limited on downtime, daysoff, and vacation days, anti-ageing injections could be the perfect solution. With no required recovery time, anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers alike cater to the unique needs of professionals across a wide range of industries.

Medical recommendations oftentimes involve no same day exercise, bloodthinning medications, or contact with the affected areas. Barring any positions that require manual labor, anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections offer clients a unique opportunity to return to work on the same day if necessary.

Am I someone who suffers from excessive sweating?

 

One of the hidden benefits of anti-wrinkle injections is that excessive sweating can be significantly reduced. By inhibiting sweat glands, these injections actually curtail sweat production in patients.

Although this may not be the primary reason why you want injections, this is a major side benefit for individuals who are seeking to get their sweating under control.  

Would I prefer long-lasting results after treatment?

 

Although this may seem like a simple question, many prospective patients who are considering anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers are surprised to learn that the results can last anywhere from 4 to 6 months and even up to an entire year,  respectively. This means younger, more vibrant skin without burdensome maintenance requirements over the long haul.

Additionally, follow-on injections are generally faster than initial treatments, as you’ll already know what to expect.

Do I have scarring that I would like to reduce or prevent?

 

Many patients are surprised to learn that anti-ageing injections can noticeably reduce the visibility of scars while significantly improving their appearance. Scars can result from acne, skin-breaks, invasive procedures, and a wide range of other factors. Depending on the root cause of your scarring, both dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections can help.

For scarring caused by acne, dermal fillers are especially effective. This is because the fillers help to raise the impressions left by acne scars, thus reducing their visibility. Likewise, anti-wrinkle injections are excellent at reducing wide scars before they progress. Scars result from nearby muscles pulling wounds apart during healing. Anti-wrinkle injections temporarily weaken these muscles, allowing the tissue to experience less pull during the critical healing phase. As a result, anti-wrinkle injections are an effective means to prevent facial scarring.

Am I ready for the next step? 

 

If you feel ready to take the next step, consulting a professional is the best way to ensure optimal results. Fortunately, our experienced team at Dr Wafaa Clinic has the tools, resources, and know-how to provide high-quality results for your antiageing goals.

With our versatile online scheduling tool, you can choose a date and time to match your busy schedule. Our convenient location in Reading is just a short trip away for residents in the UK.

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We fully understand that anti-ageing injections can be intimidating for first-time patients. We hope that you gained valuable insight from our blog post, and look forward to serving you for any and all of your anti-ageing needs.  

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