Fillers, Liquid Facelift, Botox: Are They the Same?

Fillers, Liquid Facelift, Botox: Are They the Same?

As you age, it’s normal to begin seeing the signs of getting older on your face. Often, we try to hide those fine lines and wrinkles by using makeup that doesn’t really do the trick. Those aren’t the only signs of aging, though. Sometimes, sagging skin becomes a problem, too.

Many people who begin to see the effects of aging on their faces decide to investigate cosmetic procedures. When considering a new solution to their aging dilemma, most people think of Botox, fillers, or facelifts. While many people use the terms interchangeably, some differences must be noted.

Dermal Fillers

Technically, a liquid facelift is a combination of various dermal fillers. The fillers add to the skin volume, lift tired skin slightly, and smooth out wrinkles. Dermal fillers are less invasive and risky than traditional surgical facelifts.

Botox

Botox is a good tool for working on the wrinkles that result from facial expressions. Botox relaxes the muscles in your face. As the muscles relax, so does your skin which smooths the wrinkles. Botox alone won’t give the final effects of a facelift, though.

Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift combines a variety of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are injected into those places that the client finds troublesome. Dermal fillers are products like Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse.

Most dermal fillers act in the same way. Each brand has slight differences that you should thoroughly discuss with your doctor. Sometimes your doctor will suggest using fatty tissue from other places in your body (like your buttocks) to fill in your wrinkles. However, some patients object to that.

The fillers aren’t a permanent solution. Botox prolongs the effectiveness of the dermal fillers, but typically about six months after you have fillers, you will begin to notice changes. After a while, the wrinkles begin to appear again.

The Wax Doll Phenomenon

Liquid facelifts cause you to look younger and more rested. Usually. If a liquid facelift isn’t done correctly, you can begin to look like a wax doll. Follow these tips to try to avoid the wax doll look:

  • Avoid silicone liquid or gel.
  • Only use FDA-approved dermal fillers.
  • Be realistic with your expectations.
  • Only use one kind of procedure; don’t combine different ones.
  • Try temporary fillers first to see if you like the results.

The Takeaway

Many people think that fillers and botox are the same thing. They often use both of those interchangeably with the term liquid facelift. However, dermal fillers are components of a liquid facelift, and botox can be used to prolong the effects. Beauty & Body by Mia can give you more information about whether you need Botox, dermal fillers, or a complete liquid facelift.

Top Skincare Regimens and Procedures for the Fall

Top Skincare Regimens and Procedures for the Fall

With so many skincare products and procedures on the market, it can be a challenge to decide what is right for you. Everyone is different and a regimen that works for one person might not be right for you. However, many of the top procedures this Fall are useful for a variety of people since the benefits are numerous. We’ll be looking at some of the best options for skincare regimens today.

Botox

Botox injections are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They block signals from specific nerves to relax the muscles in certain areas. The relaxation can improve wrinkles and lines and even symptoms of some medical issues. Results can be seen as soon as one to three days after injections and will last for several months.

Microneedling

Known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves tiny needles that prick the skin. This causes your body to create more collagen to heal the wounds. Microneedling is useful for many reasons. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, treats sun damage, improves skin firmness, treats dark spots, and can help with acne.

Microcurrent Facials

A microcurrent facial is also called a non-surgical facelift. A single treatment can tone the muscles and skin but also offers additional benefits. It leaves skin brighter and firmer, provides fast results, and improves the body’s production of ATP. It’s a great option for those who want the benefits of a traditional facelift but without invasive surgery.

Fillers

Fillers are a great way to eliminate wrinkles but can also help with other skin needs. Many fillers are used to improve lines in areas like the lips, eyes, forehead, and mouth. Depending on your choice of fillers, there may be additional benefits, such as hydrating the skin. Fillers can be used to target any problem areas on your skin that need a little TLC.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is another great option for your skincare routine. A wand is used to remove the top layer of skin and a suction tool eliminates the dead skin cells. It’s useful for treating wrinkles and fine lines, treating acne scars, and improving skin tone. It’s also useful for uneven skin texture and can treat many forms of melasma.

If you want to set up an appointment for these skincare procedures, get in touch with Beauty & Body by Mia who specializes in them. You can also reach out to get more information about benefits, candidacy, side effects, and more. Choosing these procedures could be the perfect way to get the glowing, younger-looking skin you desire.

Keeping Your Skin Safe and Supple this Summer

Keeping Your Skin Safe and Supple this Summer

Everyone knows that keeping your skin hydrated and safe from the sun is important all year long, but in the summer it becomes even more important. Here are some tips to stay safe while enjoying that Vitamin D.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen goes without saying; however, it’s important to choose one that fits your body and your lifestyle. Depending on the level of melanin in your skin and the UV index where you live, you’ll choose from a range of SPFs. No matter the SPF number, you want broad-spectrum, which protects you against both UVA and UVB rays.

You can also choose natural mineral sunscreen or one with zinc (to give you that cool lifeguard white-nose look) if you’re worried about the chemicals in your protection. The best type of sunscreen is one that you enjoy using because it will make it more likely that you turn the application into a daily habit.

Skin Needs Moisture

Even though summer often comes with humidity, which is created by extra moisture in the air, your skin needs moisture added in deliberately. During the summer, you’ll want one that’s light and airy, though, so you don’t feel extra weighed down on top of the higher temps and humidity levels.

Choosing a daily moisturizer with an SPF does double duty; if you put it on first thing in the morning you won’t have to worry about it later!

Let Up on the Makeup

Summer often means sweat. No one wants streaky, sweaty makeup in pictures or on their clothes. Use the weather as an excuse to lighten up on the coverage, and give your skin a well-deserved break. Letting your skin have the time without coverage will allow it to breathe and reset.

Just like with the sunscreen, choosing makeup with an SPF gives you extra protection without having to apply an additional sunscreen.

Exfoliation Is Key

Even though it’s important to hydrate and use sunscreen daily, these layers on top of the fact that your skin is sweating can clog your pores like whoa. Grab a gentle exfoliator to use a couple of times a week so that you can clear out your pores, which will show off the fresh, healthy skin underneath.

If you’ve accidentally gotten sunburned, though, skip the exfoliation until your skin is healed!

Wrapping It Up

Many of these skincare tips are similar to ones that you’ll want to use year-round. However, summertime is a time when it benefits you to give some extra-special love to your skin… it’s the only skin you’ll ever get! For a free skincare consultation or to book an appointment, contact Beauty and Body by Mia TODAY

Home Remedy Options for Skincare

Home Remedy Options for Skincare

You want clear, clean, healthy skin, but you don’t want to pay a fortune for skincare products. You also know that a lot of commercially-available skincare products contain problematic ingredients. There’s good news! You’ll find quite a few home remedy options for skincare that are both affordable and gentle on your skin. We’ll run through the ones you should know about below.

Dry Skin

Struggling with dry skin? While there are lots of products on the market that promise to help, most of them ultimately cause damage. Instead, consider something like coconut oil. It’s an effective moisturizer, plus it’s antibacterial. Best of all? There are no unwanted ingredients like parabens or petroleum byproducts. Did I mention that it’s also anti-inflammatory? With that being said, there is some potential to clog pores (as with any oil), so you might want to use this on your body, but not your face.

Oatmeal

Good old oatmeal – it’s great for your heart, but did you also know it’s good for your skin? That’s why it’s touted on the labels of so many commercial products. An oatmeal bath can soothe irritation and help your skin retain much-needed moisture. It also helps treat quite a few skin conditions, such as eczema.

Honey

Give your skin a sweet treat! Honey is a powerful aid in the battle against aging skin and fights wrinkles. It also exfoliates, while treating many different skin conditions. You can use it on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to create scrubs and baths.

Essential Oils

Lemon, rose, and jojoba oils can be combined with carrier oils to create powerful anti-aging skincare products. They help to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging, and can also reduce redness and help with other skin challenges you might be facing. Make sure to dilute them with a carrier oil first, though. Undiluted, they can cause irritation and damage.

Aloe Vera

Renowned for its ability to treat burns and sunburns, aloe vera is also a must-have tool to help keep your skin strong and healthy. It brings healing properties to the table, but also stimulates new cell growth and moisturizes your skin, without clogging up your pores the way oils will do.

These are just some of the many home remedy options for skincare. There are plenty of others! Probiotics, Gotu kola, shea butter, tea tree oil, and even soy can all help you heal damage, moisturize, and fight the signs of aging.

If you want to learn more about the top Skin Care recommendations, then reach out to me. I am more than happy to explain the differences, or even set an appointment for you to come in talk about which skincare treatment is the best one for you and your results.

Top Skincare Regimens and Procedures

Top Skincare Regimens and Procedures

When you’re looking to improve or maintain the look of your skin, it’s important to have a normal regimen. Your skin is incredibly delicate, and any changes to your regimen can irritate it, leaving you with blemishes or outbreaks.

It can be challenging to find the right procedure that works for you, and it may take some experimentation. In the following article, we’ll give you some tips regarding the top skincare regimens and procedures.

The Best Skincare Routine

The following steps can give you a route to building an efficient skincare routine.

1.     Cleanser

The first step should be applying an efficient cleanser. If your face isn’t clean, it doesn’t matter what the other steps are.

You want a cleanser that effectively cleans dirt and grime away from your pores. Clogged pores lead to blackheads, and this is something you don’t want. Try getting an alcohol-free cleanser to avoid drying out your skin.

2.     Serum

A skin serum does two things for your skin – it treats it and protects it. Applying a good serum will help you reverse many of the aging effects caused by the sun and other damaging elements.

Additionally, if you choose a quality serum, you can accomplish two important jobs at once. With the right product, you’ll not only be able to hydrate but also simultaneously treat skin concerns like acne and other blemishes.

Look for a serum that has antioxidants and plenty of vitamins. These will also help with preserving a natural and healthy skin tone.

3.     Eye Cream

This step is optional, but we included it because it definitely can’t hurt. Eye cream will help eliminate the bags under your eyes, which leads to a more refreshed appearance.

4.     Moisturizer

You want to get a good quality moisturizer with plenty of ceramides. Ceramides help your skin retain moisture, which is what you need to preserve soft, healthy skin.

Choose a nice, heavy moisturizer to give you the softest skin possible.

5.     SPF

Finally, protect your skin with a sunscreen containing of at least 30 SPF. This will not only prevent sunburn but the daily abuse your skin takes from the sun’s rays.

Coming up with a good skincare routine doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. If you shop around and get the right products, you can get all of the right ingredients for less than $50. This should actually last you for quite a while (at least a month).

When you have the right skincare regimen, your self-confidence is boosted considerably. If you play your cards right, you’ll end up with healthier, much younger-looking skin that will stand up to the test of time.

If you want to find out more about the top Skin Care recommendations, then reach out to me. I am more than happy to explain the differences, or even set an appointment for you to come in talk about which skin care treatment is the best one for you and your results.