In the age-old battle to slow down the aging process, many new beautification techniques have been developed to smooth out the wrinkles and age lines that develop on the face. One of those developments has been the advent of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are a kind of aesthetic gel that is strategically injected under the facial skin. They are injected on strategic sites of the face to smooth out wrinkles and to create the appearance of smoother looking and less age-worn skin.
Botox and Juvederm are types of dermal filler. It is a bacterial toxin that mildly and temporarily paralyzes the muscles in the face to reduce wrinkles and create the aesthetic appearance of a younger visage. However, dermal filler beautification techniques are not designed to last forever. Depending on the kind of dermal filler treatment that you receive, and the experience of the professional administering it, the results can last for about six months to two years.
That is because the gel inside dermal fillers, and the Botulinum toxin found in Botox, is designed to be naturally absorbed by the human body over a period of time. Also, if you don’t know how to maintain your dermal filler and take care of your face, you may unwittingly undo the effects faster than they wear off naturally. Or make the facial aesthetic problems that you are trying to improve much worse. Here are a few tips to remember to help you make your dermal filler treatment last as long as possible.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Prolonged exposure to sunlight, particularly ultraviolet rays, can reverse the aesthetic benefits of dermal filler treatments. Direct sunlight exposure darkens and toughens skin as well as rapidly increases the aging process. Sunlight exposure basically undoes the benefits of dermal fillers faster than the treatment can accomplish them.
Use broad-spectrum, high quality sunscreen when you go outdoors. Try to avoid direct sunlight during the midday and peak hours of UV sunlight exposure. Get in the habit of wearing sunglasses and fashionable, wide-brimmed hats as well. What’s the point of getting a dermal filler just to let the sun reverse its benefits?
You are what you eat. The foods that you eat have a direct effect on the health of your body and the appearance of your skin. Help your dermal filler by eating healthier. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Stay away from junk food, processed foods, and packaged foods. They are high in sodium and synthetic ingredients that do not add any nutritional value to your body.
Avoid too much sugar. Drink alcohol in extreme moderation. Excessive drinking constricts blood vessels and causes facial bloat. Don’t eat food that will irritate, inflame or stretch out your skin due to weight gain or bloating.
De-Stress Your Life
Stress increases blood pressure and causes bodily organs to overwork themselves over time. Stress also causes wrinkles, age lines, and can rapidly increase the aging process, making you look much older than you are. Meditate daily. Treat yourself to a facial or facial massage as advised by professionals. There is no sense in getting dermal filler treatment if you are the kind of person who is constantly stressed out.
Nothing Lasts Forever
If you apply these techniques, you may be able to extend the life of your dermal filler by weeks or longer. A dermal filler won’t last forever. But if you take care of yourself, eat healthy, and reject stress, it can last longer than intended.