There was a time when the perception of a 40-something year-old woman meant cutting your hair short and wearing sensible, less revealing clothes. It was also the time to give into the fact that your skin was aging and wrinkles and fine lines were setting in. Now, 40-something look very different and the old rules are out the window. Celebrities such as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz are proving that slinky, form fitting dresses aren’t just for the young. Another noticeable difference between these celebrities and the old view of 40 is in their face and skin. Thanks to technological advances in skin care and cosmetic procedures, both men and women can fend off the signs of aging.
Now many people are choosing to start their skin care program early and seek the advice of a trained medical professional. Usually that advice will include undergoing a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment such as IPL’s, Botox or dermal fillers, along with applying a 30 plus broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day and moisturizing skin-repair creams at night.
The old stigma attached to having work done on your face has vanished. This turn-around derives from the television makeover shows and the coming out of well-known stars who are confessing their secrets when it comes to preserving their faces. In fact, according to industry sources most of these timeless celebrities have done a series of Botox and fillers.
Two of the most popular dermal fillers out today are Juvederm and Bellafill. While they work similarly, there are a few differences such as Bellafill is a combination of bovine collagen and bio-compatible microspheres. Once injected, these microspheres stay in place and provide a matrix to support your own collagen. Juvederm is a gel that contains hyaluronic acid and was just recently introduced into the United States. Unlike Bellafill, the results from Juvederm can be reversed with an enzyme injection should you not be happy with the result’s
Dermal fillers can be used to treat a variety of aging concerns such as wrinkles, lines and deep folds between the nose and mouth. They add volume to different areas of the face as well by lifting cheeks and plumping thinning lips. The results are natural looking and can last anywhere from nine months to a year. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour. To make the injections less painful, dermal fillers contain lidocaine to help minimize discomfort. A very thin needle is injected just below the skin’s surface to fill the desired areas. One syringe will range from $450 to $600. Juvederm Ultra Plus (the thicker version) generally costs about $500 to $750 per syringe.
Juvederm and Bellafill are both excellent dermal fillers and approved by the FDA. Even though these procedures are non-invasive, it’s important to have the procedure done at a reputable and licensed medical spa of facility. Always ask to see photos of previous patients and do your homework before making a decision.