Ticadoc’s Guest Blogger this week is :

Michelle Skelly

Anti-Aging Skincare Specialist – Helping people achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin through safe & effective skincare

When it comes to appearance and skin, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, more than half of people are considering aesthetic treatments, and the numbers continue to rise. As today’s society is becoming more obsessed with looking younger, more types of cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers are being offered.

Whether it’s sagging skin or deep forehead creases, an aging face looks different on everyone. Thanks to neuromodulator injections like Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers like Restylane Refyne and Defyne, you can delay the signs of aging for quite some time. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know which treatment you should invest in to best tend to your skin concerns. According to New York expert dermatologist Dr. Sejal K.Shah“A simple rule of thumb is to remember that Botox is for lines of expression whereas filler is for lines of rest. If areas of concern are accentuated with facial expression, then a neuromodulator is likely the most appropriate treatment. If, on the other hand, the concern is deeper lines that remain even when the face is at rest, areas that appear hollow or sagging, or even just a desire for more volume, then filler is the better option.” Using Botox and fillers properly can enhance your appearance and make a dramatic difference in how you age. However, it’s important to make sure the right precautions are taken so that you don’t end up looking like an altered, older-looking version of yourself.t

Botox Use and Treatment

Botox is a brand name for a specific neuromodulator. It is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily preventing movement of the underlying muscle. Botox is best for lines that occur with muscle contraction. Traditionally, Botox is used to treat wrinkles that occur when you use your muscles to make a facial expression, usually on the upper face. Botox is FDA-approved to treat crow’s-feet, frown lines between the brows, and now forehead lines. According to Dr. Shah, avoid neuromodulators if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have an infection in the area of injection, are allergic to any of the components within Botox, or have a coexistent muscle or nerve condition. You should always consult with your doctor about these details before getting Botox injections.

Dermal Filler Use and Treatment

Fillers are used to fill lines and replace lost volume. Fillers are best for lines that are present even when muscles are not contracting. One of the most common uses for fillers is to treat deep laugh lines. Additionally, fillers are also used to recontour and replenish volume, especially in the cheeks, mid face, or lips. According to Dr. Shah, avoid dermal fillers if you are allergic to any of the components, including lidocaine, which maybe mixed with the filler. If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an infection in the area of injection, you should also avoid dermal fillers. Again, always consult with your doctor about these details before getting dermal filler injections.

Don’t Over Do It

In my opinion, if you’re going to get injectables or fillers, it is always best to under do them. You can always do more down the road if needed. Moderation is key. You want the outcome to look as natural as possible. Some doctors will over do it and do anything a patient asks them too, which is not necessarily the right thing to do.

Also, you don’t need to get Botox and fillers just because you hit a certain age or because everyone else you know is doing it. Do it when you feel it will benefit you. Make sure that procedures and treatments you opt for are best for your age and concerns at the right time in your life to keep you looking age-appropriate. Everyone doesn’t need them in order to have youthful-looking skin.



Daily Consistent Skincare Maintenance

Regardless if you decide to get injectables and fillers done or not, consistent daily skincare maintenance at home using safe and effective products plays an important role in youthful-looking skin. Maintaining these treatments at home on a daily basis is still so important for your skin in the long run. I shake my head in disbelief when I see some individuals spend tons of money on expensive procedures and treatments yet maintain their skin with cheap products. Products that don’t really work can be like throwing money down a drain. It takes the right ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, retinoids, peptides, and hydroxy acids), in the right formulations, in the right order to make a difference when it comes to skincare products. Cheaper brands may have the ingredients, but not in the right formulations and percentages to really see results.

It’s important to invest in a clinically proven and effective skincare regimen that works for your specific skin type and issues. Maintain a simple but effective morning and night time routine to ensure you’re doing everything you can to take care of your skin, regardless of having any procedures and treatments done. If you keep your skin healthy with a good, consistent routine starting at a young age, your skin will age well.

Find out which products are right for your individual skin type and concerns by taking this free, simple skincare assessment.

Have any questions for Michelle? Feel free to comment below or email Michelle at agingbackwardsrf@gmail.com 

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