JCC Writing Team
September 17, 2021
JCC Writing Team
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Facial Beauty – What Are Your Options?
It’s no secret in today’s times that you don’t have to be stuck with the face you were born with. Millions of people worldwide undergo facial reconstruction and enhancements in order to improve their self-confidence; fix injuries, birth defects or scarring; or improve their wellbeing. The route of injection treatments is often considered a less severe form of alteration of the face and has become a very popular choice.
It’s important to be sure that a treatment is the right choice for you before going through with it, so we’ve rounded up and categorised some of the most tried and talked about facial injection treatments of this year so far. Now you can know about the trends and make an informed decision as to whether this is something you are interested in.
Lip fillers have jumped to the top of many women’s list when it comes to facial enhancements, no doubt due to the influence of social media stars and other celebrities. These injections used to only be done using collagen, but now there are a couple to choose from, mostly including hyaluronic acid in their formulae. This substance is found naturally in the human body and is drawn to water, quickly attaching to it and holding 1000 times its own weight. Hyaluronic acid fillers are being used more and more to adjust the shape or accentuate the natural beauty of the lips. Here are some of the names you’ll hear:
- Juvederm: this injection achieves plumped up, full lips that create a young and vibrant look on the face. This option can also be used in order to add moisture to visibly dry lips.
- Juvederm Volbella XC: this mixed treatment is favoured by people looking for long-lasting results. It adds volume to the lips or the lines around the lips and lasts for around a year. The efficacy with the lines around the lips makes it a favoured option for women with wrinkle problems as well.
- Restylane: the Restylane injection is a more subtle filler and is also used like Juvederm to bring moisture back to lips, for that youthful look. The less noticeable filler look comes in and out of popularity, with more people opting for the over-the-top look last year. However, it seems subtlety is being favoured again in 2021.
The term ‘nose job’ used to conjure up scary images of surgery, bruised up faces, and long recovery times. Now we are seeing a rise of liquid nose jobs, AKA filler nose jobs. A liquid rhinoplasty involves injections rather than surgery, saving the patient a lot of time and pain. These fillers can:
- Fill in for asymmetrical sections of the nose
- Smooth out small bumps
- Level out the contours and plump up the bridge of the nose, making it appear more narrow
- Enhance certain aspects of the shape for smaller noses
- Add some lift to a nose tip that droops
- Fix issues that may have come about from previous rhinoplasties.
We all know the eyes are the windows to the soul, so its no wonder that facial adjustments often centre around the eyes.
- Botox – an old favourite but still holding its own among filler injections today, Botox is often focused on the areas around the eyes that are prone to wrinkles. The “11 points” refer to the area in between the eyebrows that often look furrowed and wrinkled, and many women wanting to look younger opt for treatment there.
- Powder brows – this is a fairly new treatment that is similar to microblading. It involves light injections of pigment into the upper layers of skin in the eyebrow area, mimicking a soft, powdery look to enhance and define the brows. Powdery brow treatments are virtually painless and very long-lasting with the right care.
- Fox eyes – this trend includes a few procedures in order to achieve a wide-eyed, luxurious look. Botox is used to smooth the furrows near the eyebrows and bring a lifted look to open up the eyes; and facial fillers are used to plump up and de-wrinkle the area around the eyes, as well as lift the skin around the upper eyes to enhance an upturned almond shape. Many do choose to get additional surgical treatments and eyelash extensions in order to complete this look, but this does add recovery time and risk of infection.
Dermal fillers aren’t just being used for adding and defining the face- many patients are requesting treatment that fixes up problems relating to skin that cause insecurity and annoyance. For example:
- Treating acne scars – fillers such as Belotero Balance have become popular for diminishing the look and texture of pitted acne scars.
- Treating under-eye bags – a very common issue that people face is the look of shadowy, sunken in eyes; and soft hyaluronic acid fillers, or even autologous fat can be utilized to lighten up the dark skin near the eyes. The opaque Radiesse is also an option for improving dark shadows and is a longer-lasting filler.
Another popular way that people in 2021 are utilising facial injection treatments is to enhance or change the look of the bone structure or shape of the face. Juvederm Voluma and Restylane-Lyft are often the types of fillers used in the cheeks and around the jaw. These changes commonly aim for:
- An angular jaw – fillers are injected in such a way that they sculpt the jawline to make it look more defined or chiselled, even projecting the chin out to add to the angular look.
- Full, young-looking cheeks – the fillers add volume to sagging or flatter cheeks and give the illusion of a more contoured face, highlighting the cheekbones.
Whatever direction you’re leaning when it comes to changing up your face, remember to talk to your doctors and be very clear on what you’re looking for. Try to go to doctors with positive reputations so that you can be sure that they will advise you responsibly and do a great job!