In which decade do you find yourself? I’m fully into my 40s and Botox and fillers are part of my program not only as a doctor. Botox and fillers are incredibly versatile and can be used as prevention but also as anti-aging treatments. If you’re younger, they can be an incredible preventative tool to help you look younger longer. And if you’re older and the signs of aging are starting to show, they’re a way to turn back the clock a little. But there’s a fine line between too much and too little. And that’s why I wanted to give you a glimpse of what Botox and fillers can do for you in each decade.
Botox in the 20s is used almost exclusively for prevention. Sometimes it can be used for patients who have pronounced facial expressions and notice a slight wrinkling between the brows. Small, selective treatments with Botox in your 20s are therefore helpful because it means you will need fewer anti-aging treatments later on. Facial expressions should remain flexible and look natural despite Botox. My recommendation at this age is small spot treatments for frown lines or smile lines. This way you keep the quality of your skin and help to prevent these expression lines from settling in your face.
Fillers in your 20s are usually perfect if you want to change your facial contours or have a lip injection. With derma fillers, I can give your chin, jawline, and cheekbones an accent and new contours so that your natural features stand out even more. And, of course, fillers for the lips are a beautiful thing. “Duck lips” or “inflatable lips,” on the other hand, don’t look very favorable.
In our 30s, we may find that our expression lines are still there…. And this is completely normal! But if you are concerned about the crow’s feet that may already be slightly visible, or the frown line that is a little too pronounced for your liking, then this is the perfect time to start Botox treatments. Generally, it is enough if we treat only smaller areas. This is because skin aging is not that advanced at this age.
Fillers tend to offer the same benefits in the 30s as they did in the 20s. My focus here is injecting the lips and contouring the face. However, for some patients, treatment of the shadows under the eyes is also an option. Dermafillers are used to correct tired facial expressions. I like to combine different fillers with each other. In this way, I mainly achieve contouring of the natural facial features. However, biostimulators are also an excellent way to improve skin quality. This is because biostimulators stimulate natural collagen production and thus help the skin to regenerate itself and build up volume.
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In this decade, Botox and fillers develop their greatest effect. When we reach 40 – welcome to the club 🙂 – we begin to notice more pronounced lines and wrinkles around our eyes, forehead and mouth. At this point, Botox should be a regular part of your skincare routine. If not, you will notice a significant reduction in wrinkles when you first use it. Mimic wrinkles can be wonderfully eliminated with it, and the skin takes on a fresh, youthful appearance.
You may also notice that the structure of your face begins to sag, that dark circles form under our eyes and that the cheeks lose some of their volume. Overall, it seems to us as if gravity is pulling everything down. All this is a natural consequence of volume loss and lower elastin and collagen levels. In such a case, I rely on the combination of fillers and biostimulators. The two together are a powerful duo. My secret of success is strategic injection of both substances. This is how I manage to tighten the cheeks and reduce the appearance of marionette lines. If the wrinkles are still clearly visible after Botox treatment, spot treatments with fillers can help to eliminate them.
By the time you reach your 50s or 60s, pronounced lines, wrinkles and sagging skin are commonplace. Botox should be an integral part of your skin care regimen, and fillers help add volume and tightening. Skin quality is at the top of my priority list. The principles of treatment remain the same as in the 40s. Regular treatments with combined active ingredients help to slow down the aging process and preserve the youthful, fresh appearance of the skin.
If fillers do not completely correct the problem, I can combine Botox and filler treatments with some non-invasive lifting methods. Thread lifting stimulates collagen and elastin production and provides visible tightening that can even extend the time between injection treatments.
I’m a fan of prevention over intervention. The earlier you start treatments and the more regularly you do them, the longer the signs of aging can be prevented. And of course, aging is not a problem. But why not surprise those around us with a fresh, awake look and leave them guessing: How did she do it?
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by Dr. Kelly Vasileiadou
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