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I want to write about this subject as it is something we as women don't really discuss. Maybe we don't won't to disclose that we are doing it, and yet you would be surprised at how many women ARE doing it - from your yoga teacher to your accountant. There is a lot of pressure in our society today for women to stay looking young and many women are tweaking to excess. The old adage less is more is definitely the way to go with fillers. Let's face it at 40 we are never going to look 20 again and that's just fine, we're not meant to . If we can just look great for our age and maintain what we have - and by that I mean face and body - that's what we need to aim for. Alot of doctors will make you pay for a full measure of the filler and then inject more than you need into your face just because you have paid for it, instead of breaking down the measures and only giving you what you need. I think that we are fortunate to live in an era where we have all of this science and technology. We can now decide whether we want to use these products to maintain our face and delay the signs of age. It is all a personal choice and if you choose to go down the road of fillers make sure you find someone good who has an eye for subtlety because if you can tell that you have been tweaking then it is bad work AND that's what gives it a bad name. Good work is hard to pick - it will always leave you looking natural . And also make sure he/she is a doctor and not just someone trained in injecting fillers.... most important.
There are quite a few products on the market now and the trick is picking the right one. I would steer away from anything permanent. There is more risk of infection as the needle has to be thicker, and also if you are not happy with the results there is little you can do to change it.
Restylane is one of the most common fillers. It comes in the form of Restylane, Perlane ( used mainly in lips as it is thicker- slightly more expensive too) and Sub Q. They are all of different thickness to fill particular parts of the face - so what you fill your lips with is not always the same thickness as the product you fill your fine lines with. This is made of hylauronic acid, a substance that is naturally occurring in our bodies. It helps to absorb and bind to water to provide hydration and this depletes as we age. So it simply replaces your body's diminished levels of this hydrating substance.
Restylane is long lasting but not permanent. It has been shown to last up to 36 mths, depending on your metabolism, but personally I think this is in rare cases. The most I have seen it last is around 9mths - 12 mths.
Esthelis is made from hyaluronic acid too. It is biodegradable and biocompatible so there is no risk of allergies and the likelihood of side effects is greatly reduced. Used to treat moderate to deep wrinkles , scars, increasing the volume of cheeks and chins, lip enhancement. Results last between 9-12 mths.
There are 3 different products within the range....
Esthelis Basic which is used for both deep treatments and augmentation of different areas of the face including the lips.
Esthelis Soft is used to treat particularly sensitive areas of the face and is injected into the superficial dermis, so can be used to smooth crows feet lines around the eyes, peri-oral lines and forehead wrinkles and to define the lip line.
Esthelis Men has increased viscosity to deal with forehead lines and furrows, scarring and deep facial lines.
Fortelis is a thicker product that is used to treat deep wrinkles and creases as well as cheek augmentation and chin augmentation and facial re-volumisation.
If you are interested in speaking to a doctor regarding fillers and you live in Sydney Dr Adam Rish is great, has a good eye and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to this subject. His contact no. is 93695369.
I have been a makeup artist for over 20 yrs and am passionate about beauty and helping women to look the best they possibly can. I believe that women are beautiful at any age , and being older myself, am constantly on the look out for products that will help the skin retain its glow and beauty. From a very young age I have paid attention to my skin and have always gone looking for new, innovative - or even tried and true products that make a difference. I take inspiration from my friends and women I meet in my work. These women are the reason I started this blog , so that I can pass on my knowledge and help women to keep looking, and feeling amazing . I love finding new looks that inspire and you can adapt to your own style . I am also a mum with 3 boys which keeps my life very busy ... and never dull as anyone who knows me will attest to! All items posted on this blog are chosen because I have personally tried them and like them. I hope you find something here that you will love and will work for you.