Seeking to revive your skin, but unsure about botulinum toxin or dermal filler injections? Dr. Ivan Puah, Medical Director at Amaris B. Clinic, tackles FAQs about these two facial treatments.
It’s often said that the botulinum toxin injection for forehead wrinkles can freeze your expression after prolonged use. Is this true?
The botulinum toxin works by relaxing the muscles and is effective only on the area where it is injected, leaving the surrounding areas unaffected. It should not freeze one’s facial expression if injected correctly. That being said, it’s important that you get the treatment done by a qualified professional.
Can your facial muscles develop resistance to the effects of botulinum toxin if you start getting the injections in your 20s?
In my experience, that is not true. In fact, getting the treatment done in your 20s can actually reduce the formation of wrinkles as you get older.
Dermal filler injections have become popular in recent years. What are the most common fillers I can use to reduce signs of aging?
One of the most common fillers is the hyaluronic acid dermal filler but it is best to consult with a qualified professional on the most appropriate one to suit your needs and address your concerns effectively.
In which facial areas can these fillers be injected?
Fillers can be used in the chin, cheeks and temple, as well as on nasolabial lines (smile or laugh lines) and the nose. Fillers can also be used as facial volumisers to define facial features and give skin a smoother appearance.
Are these treatments safe for men and women who are in their 40s or 50s?
It is perfectly safe even for those in their 60s. More importantly, interested people should consult a qualified practitioner to discuss their medical conditions, if any, prior to the treatment. This can help eliminate or reduce any potential risks.