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Are You Ready for Fillers and Botox?

You’ve been staving off the effects of aging for years with lifestyle choices and skin creams. Perhaps you have avoided the sun or slathered on high SPF whenever you know you’ll be outside for some time. You’ve probably also been using anti-aging creams, including Vitamin A complexes. As time marches on, however, you’ve noticed that topical treatments are having less of an impact. Fine lines or even deep wrinkles can develop in facial areas that move a lot, like the corners of your eyes and mouth, around your nose and even across your forehead.

Fillers and Botox help reduce the appearance of these signs of aging. They temporarily plump up sagging, wrinkled skin and paralyze local muscles. That makes your face look younger and more firm while reducing pressure on the wrinkled area by limiting movement. Botox is a brand name for one of the more popular FDA-approved wrinkle treatments. There are many other fillers with less-known names that can also help ease the appearance of aging.

You Need Help with Sagging or Square Appearance of the Jaw

One of the most popular uses of Botox is to soften a square jaw in women. A treatment can soften the masseter muscle, which is used for chewing and grinding teeth. In those who grind their teeth unconsciously at night, the masseter can be quite pronounced.

When properly administered, fillers can soften the muscle, giving a more elongated appearance to your face. This application is currently the most popular use of Botox in Asia and South Korea.

You’re Dealing with Chronic Headaches or Migraines

Certain kinds of migraines and tension headaches are related to tension in the muscles at the back of the skull and around the forehead. If performed to reduce headaches, your Botox could even be covered by your health insurance.

As a pleasant side effect to fewer or less intense headaches, your forehead wrinkles and lines should also appear less pronounced.

You’re Seeing Wrinkles When You Make Faces

After a certain age, your skin will become too thin and your wrinkles too deeply entrenched to respond to fillers. You want to begin treatments as soon as you notice lines and wrinkles when you make faces. Do you develop lines when you smile, laugh or scowl, but disappear when you relax your face? You’re at a prime stage when fillers can have an impact on reducing the appearance of lines and also the speed with which they get worse.

Once those lines stay visible on your relaxed facial skin, fillers will have minimal impact, though they can still reduce their appearance and speed with which the wrinkles get worse. The older you become, the thinner your skin gets. For many people, the late 30s or early 40s are an ideal period for fillers.

You Just Want a More Symmetrical Face

For many people, aging comes on unevenly. If you regularly drive a car, the left side of your face will receive more solar exposure and could age more quickly. Fillers like Botox are great for making small changes that improve your symmetry. From a sagging eyebrow to a corner of the mouth that lifts too much, fillers can make small changes in how your face looks and moves, making your overall appearance more even and pleasing to the eye.

Fillers and Botox Are For Guys, Too

Would you believe that there’s been a 25 percent increase in how many men are seeking out fillers in the last five years? When you look at the last decade, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, that increase is actually 310 percent! Many more men are learning to care for their faces and their skin to protect their good looks. A little vanity can help boost your self-esteem and could even offer benefits in business. If you’re sick of crow’s feet, laugh lines or forehead lines, Botox could be the answer.