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Treatment Review – Dermal Fillers For Nasiolabial Folds & Marionette Lines, And Botox For Face Slimming & Forehead

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Three months ago, I have written an article on Facial Remodeling Workshop conducted by Dr Z and I’m glad I have been chosen as the winner blogger to win a FREE one-vial Juvederm (hyaluronic acid) filler facial contouring treatment.

During the earlier workshop, Dr Z performed on two patients to demonstrate the faster and convenient way to achieve a sharper nose, higher cheekbones and slim down the face using fillers and botox without going under the knife.

I’m always troubled with my nasiolabial folds and marionette lines, these aging signs have made me look 5 years older than I should. So after seeing the result of the two patients, I was somewhat convinced that he (Dr Z) can probably help to treat my aging problems and hence I decided to make a visit to his clinic two weeks ago.

After analysing my problems, Dr Z suggested I require 2 vials of fillers for my nasiolabial folds and marionette lines, and botox for my flabby jawline and forehead fine lines.

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Reshape Your Face Without Going Under The Knife

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Recently, I’m one of the selected few bloggers to be invited for a Facial Remodeling Workshop conducted by Dr Teo Z’Shen. This workshop demonstrates that we can create a sharper nose, higher cheekbones and slim down the face without going under the knife. This workshop is jointly organised by anti aging website, ReviewAntiAging.com.

During the workshop, Dr Z (often known as) talks about facial remodeling using BOTOX and Fillers, gives some background on BOTOX and Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, the benefits of these procedures without going under the knife and most importantly to do live demos on two patients using BOTOX and Fillers.

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Can Anti-Aging Or Wrinkle Cream Works Better Than Botox?

Based on what most of the skin-care ads say nowadays, many women will believe a skin-care product can work better than Botox, but nothing could be further from the truth.

But frankly, how do some cosmetic companies get away with what is either false and misleading claims and exaggerating their benefits and effects on the skin to the public? Well, because for these companies, getting around cosmetics regulations has become a skill that has tricked many consumers worldwide.

A case study

This is the case of StriVectin, which used the slogan “Better Than Botox!” to take a $1 million dollar annual revenue product to a $150 million dollar gold mine. Then, as a result of FDA pressure and legal threats from Allergan, when StriVectin couldn’t prove its claim that it was Better than Botox!, their ads went from Better Than Botox! (a declarative statement) to Better Than Botox? (a question). That little change of punctuation satisfied the FDA and “truth” in advertising.

<sources : Don’t go to the cosmetics counter without me – Paula Begoun>

What should anti-aging and wrinkle creams do?

Anti-aging and wrinkle cream, in theory, should diminish fine lines and wrinkles. They should firm the skin and increase your skin’s elasticity. They should even out your skin tone and texture. They should also help prevent collagen breakdown and help stimulate the growth of new collagen.

But do note that not every anti-aging and wrinkle cream will have all these properties.

What can’t anti-aging and wrinkle creams do?

They can’t totally eliminate severe wrinkles, creases, and folds, but they can soften their appearance. No OTC cream can completely replace lost volume in the face or permanently fill in wrinkles. They may work on superficial wrinkles, for only a short period of time.


Botox/fillers v.s. wrinkle cream

While every woman needs a good moisturizer and a wrinkle treatment cream, you can be discriminating in your selection. No OTC cream can have the same profound effect as an injectible filler or Botox. OTC wrinkle creams can soften and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provide the immediate benefit of hydrating the skin. OTC wrinkle creams cannot physically eliminate deeper lines. Only an injected substance can do that.

Forming a complement

That doesn’t mean, of course, that you shouldn’t maintain your skin at home with daily use of wrinkle creams. Botox or fillers and OTC products are not mutually exclusive — they’re complementary. No matter what you decided to do to treat deeper wrinkles, you’ll still want to treat your skin to prevent pre-existing wrinkles from getting worse and preventing as many new ones as possible from forming. In addition, you want to use your sunscreen to prevent any winkles from getting worse.

The truth!

No cosmetic or skin-care product can address all of these physiological issues and problems. A combination of products and medical treatments can achieve some success against these elements, but to imagine that a single miracle cream can do this all by itself is just not realistic.

Bear in mind that the only skincare products that have been studied for safety and effectiveness, and are approved by the FDA to treat aging skin, are tretinoin creams, such as Renova or Tazorac. These are prescription creams and not available OTC.

In other words, there is no OTC anti-wrinkle cream that can legitimately claim to be scientifically proven and FDA approved to treat wrinkles.

Bottom line

There is no topical anti aging or wrinkle cream that is better than Botox!

How To Look For The Right Skin-care Specialist

 

The extreme makeover

Need to tighten loose skin on your face or lose those bags under your eyes? Cosmetic surgery is no longer served up for just the rich, famous and hollywood celebrities. It has been made available for the masses, thanks to media awareness, greater public acceptance and new innovative technology. 

These days, there have never before been so many non-invasive treatments that can literally erase years off our faces. But selecting the right specialist that will help to achieve the best result for us is more complicating and challenging than ever before. There are so many different options including dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, nurses, GP and even beauty therapists. I would not recommend that you go to a beauticians for in-depth skincare advice or treatments. Their facials might be soothing, but as they are usually not medical trained, their advice may not be correct.

It is therefore essential to ensure that before you embark on any sort of cosmetic treatment or surgical procedure you need to know exactly what it is that you hope to achieve and that you have realistic expectations as to the likely outcome.

The first step

To start, do your homework and be an educated consumer before making an appointment, especially if you’re considering having an advanced procedures done involving needles, lasers, or peeling. 

How to spot a good doctor

A good cosmetic dermatologist/surgeon will evaluate your skin, discuss your options, suggest to you on which products will work the best for your individual skin needs and which products won’t. In the long run, it will save you not only thousands of dollars, by helping you improve your skin with the right use of tested and effective ingredients and procedures.

Truly, a good dermatologist/surgeon will need to know when to say no and also to tell patients that the look they’re requesting is not feasible or practical. All treatments have different risks and complications may happen. All you want is to be sure you’re under experienced and safe hands especially not by a GP or nurse. If you have specified cosmetic procedures in mind, it is advisable to see a cosmetic dermatologist/surgeon who specializes in those treatments. While some dermatologists/surgeon concentrate on pigmentation or wrinkles, but there are some may good on treating acne, for instance. Check around before you make an appointment.


Singapore has just announced new rules for aesthetic procedures. Doctors who practised in 25 established aesthetic procedures such as chemical peels and skin-plumping botox injection can continue to do them if they have enough practice with good results under their belt. But those without a good track record, or any newcomer, will now need the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) to verify that they are qualified to perform the procedures before they can proceed. The final guidelines on aesthetic practices for doctors begin on 1st November 2008. The guidelines provide a detailed reference to the qualifications doctors must have in order to perform the 25 established procedures. They will have to submit proof, for example, certificates from courses approved by the SMC, that they can do such procedures. – Articles from The Straits Times dated November 1st 2008 

Before you see the doctor, make sure you do the following :

  • Identify exactly what it is about your appearance that make you unhappy.
  • Is the doctor trained in dermatology? Is he or she certified in a specialty?
  • What is his preference and specialty? Some are more focused or prefer to use certain procedures than others, e.g. lasers. Or is he or she just claims to be a specialist in the skin and cosmetic procedures, yet is not trained or qualified to carry out many of the procedures.
  • Is the doctor up to date and aware of the new advanced techniques.
  • Ask to see any of the previous patient’s before and after photographs.
  • Is the treatment recommended by the doctor safe, effective and what kinds of results are to be expected?
  • How many treatments are needed, on average? How about maintenance?
  • Will there be any allergic or side effects?
  • Take your time during a consultant, and if is necessary, go for second opinion before making a decision on the right doctor.
  • Be honest and realistic as to your hopes and concerns about the procedure.
  • What is the recuperation and pain factor?
  • And most importantly, what is the cost? Any hidden fees?

It is important to get as much information as possible, and be mindful not to overdo it. Whatever is done (wrong), it is unlikely to be undone. You have to know your limit. Don’t overdo it. Know when to stop. 

Botox

 

Botox is a highly purified protein that is used in minute amounts for producing paralysis of muscles. It works by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses that control muscle movement and restricts your ability to contract your facial muscles. It has been increasingly being used for cosmetic purposes to paralyze facial muscles as a means of concealing wrinkles.

Botox has claimed to work well on forehead lines. When is skillfully injected, it will have the same effect as a brow lift. Botox also commonly help to treat areas such as frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, mild eyebrow droop, neck bands, lines around the eyes and marionette lines.

Botox can also be used to treat excessive underarm or palm perspiration.

One of the big problems with Botox is that anyone with a medical license can inject it. A specific kind of skill is required for anyone claiming to know how to use it. If too much Botox is injected, it can cause your brows to drop, your skin artificially smooth or looking weird.

Botox cannot be used to enlarge lips and replace lost volume. It also cannot help to treat sagging in the cheeks or the nasolabial fold.

Treatment is usually conducted without anaesthesia. Recovery time is negligible and results will appear within seven days and may last up to six months. It is not permanent, so they gradually wear off.

Cost : About $200 to $1500 per session, depending on the area treated, which could be forehead furrows and crow’s feet.

Results : Redness may occur at needle marks. Wrinkles will disappear within three days. Fresh injections are needed every six months.

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