The difference between wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers

Choosing the right skin rejuvenation treatment is key. There are many factors that determine which treatment will work best for you, and ultimately give you the timely, youthful look you’re after.There are a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments that are non-surgical in nature and do not require you to go under anaesthetic. At Perth Cosmetic Surgery, we are often asked what the difference is between wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers when patients come in for skin rejuvenation consultations. Let us answer that question simply here, and dispel any misconceptions about each procedure.

Wrinkle relaxers vs dermal fillers

What is a wrinkle relaxer?

As the name suggests, a wrinkle relaxer softens definite lines in the skin and stops the muscles from moving, stretching, relaxing and ultimately deepening into wrinkles. The wrinkle relaxer is a treatment whereby the relaxer is injected into an area and literally stops the dynamic lines in the area in their tracks, ensuring they don’t deepen further or wider. Patients will not experience the often expected “frozen or unemotional” look, as the procedure leaves the area looking natural and youthful.

What is a dermal filler?

The job of dermal fillers is to plump or alter the volume of the treatment area. Dermal fillers help to keep up or enhance the levels of moisture and hydration in an area and also contributes to the following:
  • Improved skin volume or plumpness
  • Enhanced facial features – such as cheeks and lips
  • Increased lip volume
How do you know which treatment option is right for you? Patients choose skin rejuvenation treatments such as wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers for a variety of reasons, including skin damage as a result of:
  • Excessive exposure to the sun
  • Overactive facial expression muscles
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Skin disorders
When deciding which treatment to have (between wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers) it’s important to understand the reasons why you are wanting the treatment.Are you looking for a treatment to stop the deepening of wrinkles and to get rid of unsightly frown lines, and crow’s feet? If so, a wrinkle relaxer would give you the effect you require. If you’re looking to enhance the volume of your facial features like your cheeks and lips, or to improve your skin hydration and plumpness, then perhaps dermal fillers are the option to choose.No matter what you choose, know that both procedures are minimally invasive and can create a look that will have you smiling with confidence every day.We suggest always consulting a trusted medical professional, like world-renowned Dr Pham at the Perth Cosmetic Surgery to discuss your case, care, and possible treatment options before making your final decision.Contact Perth Cosmetic Surgery today to find out more about our state-of-the-art centre and treatments.
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