Shedding the Stigma Surrounding Cosmetic Surgery

I'm on a personal mission to get rid of the stigma that still surrounds cosmetic surgery in many regions. Why am I on this mission? A small surgery changed my life, and I have never regretted it. I was a very shy child with little confidence due to my protruding ears. It sounds like such a small problem to many people, but it affected me and my self esteem greatly. I saved up in high school while working a part-time job, and as soon as I could afford it, I got my parents to agree to let me have my ears "pinned back" when I was 16. My confidence skyrocketed immediately, and I finally began enjoying life for the first time. I want to help others facing similar problems know that they are not alone, and I hope I can touch many lives with my new blog!

Dermal Fillers Versus Botox: A Guide To Choosing The Right Treatment For Your Needs


If you don't mind getting older, but would love to slow down the physical signs of aging as much as possible, it is time to speak with your physician about getting dermal fillers or Botox. While both options are known for allowing their users to look younger, they act in different ways and, therefore, are not equally helpful or appropriate for everyone. As a result, it is a good idea to be aware of the information discussed below.

Understanding Natural Fillers

It is first important to understand that although you will often hear about dermal fillers without a further description of them, you actually have two options to consider. Natural fillers frequently consist of substances already common to your body and are typically removed from your abdominal area, so there is virtually no chance of an allergic reaction or rejection for sensitive persons. However, they do not provide the instant results commonly associated with and expected of beauty treatments of this type. In some instances, you may need to wait several weeks to see the results you want. 

Choosing Synthetic Fillers

Synthetic fillers are made of a variety of different chemicals. They can help you to look younger, like the natural fillers, but because they are made of artificial ingredients, there is the possibility of an allergic reaction or even rejection of the substance by your immune system. As a result, it is common for providers to perform a skin test on patients new to this procedure and to get a full medical history prior to administering it for the first time. 

Evaluating Botox

Botox is a naturally occurring substance that has both medical and beauty applications. It is inserted directly into the muscles on your face that have become tight or tired over the years and forces them to relax, which in turn diminishes the obvious wrinkles and fine lines. Since it is inserted directly into the muscles that impact those unwanted wrinkles, results can often be seen before you even leave the office.

Unfortunately, Botox will gradually fade, at which time you would need to return for new treatments to maintain your appearance. That means that Botox is a great choice for a high school or family reunion, when your appearance might be more important than it normally would be for a brief period of time. Dermal fillers are likely to be the better choice if you consistently want to look as young and free of lines as possible.

In conclusion, dermal fillers and Botox are both good choices for anyone who would love to take a few years off of their appearance. Prospective patients should also know that fillers are a popular choice and are known to provide longer-lasting results, while Botox is a natural toxin with minimal risks of allergic reactions, but will usually last no more than six months. Since they can both provide similar results, but some of their benefits can vary, it will behoove you to consider the aforementioned facts before committing to a new procedure.  


23 January 2017