Treatments like Restylane and Juvéderm Aren’t just for Women

Dermal filler treatments like Restylane and Juvéderm are gaining popularity among men, in spite of the fact that they were previously regarded as a feminine skin solution to aging.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, just a few years ago many more men were opting for Botox Cosmetic injections than they do now. Since 2013 an increasing number of men have turned instead to dermal fillers to minimize lines and wrinkles and both physically and visually combat the signs of creeping age.

Now almost as many men opt for dermal filler treatments as women.

About Restylane and Juvéderm

Restylane and Juvéderm are two of the most popular filler treatments available, both effectively used to fill in wrinkles and facial lines, and smooth the skin. Juvéderm, an FDA-approved gel filler, is one of the best dermal fillers on the market for adding volume to the cheek and lips. It also minimizes folds and mini trenches that form between the corners of the mouth and bottom of the nose. It’s also a great remedy for sunken skin and tear troughs under the eyes. Restylane does much the same, but is a particularly popular product for plumping out and adding substance to the lips, particularly since it is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this purpose.

Both Juvéderm and Restylane are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is Restylane and Juvéderm for Menfound naturally in the skin. A skin moisturizer, HA bonds with water and, in this way, is able to rejuvenate and rehydrate the skin – particularly facial skin and skin on the neck and hands.

Juvéderm generally lasts at least nine months, and Restylane quite a lot longer, up to 18 months provided a touch-up treatment is given a few months after the initial treatment.

Restylane and Juvéderm for Men

The reality is that men do age faster than women, and their skin tends to thin out more rapidly. And ironically, when men do all they can to stay fit while they age, they often look a lot older than they are. That craggy look can sometimes be attractive, but deep grooves and furrows also make men look tired and cranky.

Dermal fillers can be used to minimize not only wrinkles and ugly lines, but also of jowls, making men look considerably healthier. A dermal filler treatment can also be used to sharpen the jawline and fill out cheekbones slightly from the lower eyelids, effectively providing a mini, non-surgical facelift.

The AgeLess Center specializes in Juvéderm and Restylane treatments for men and women; make your appointment to see one of our experience therapists now.

Stopping and Reversing Sun Damage

Gone are the carefree days of believing that sun exposure is harmless. In healthy doses, sunlight can reduce stress, boost immunity and metabolism, and help the body synthesize vitamin D. In excess, sun exposure can wreak havoc on skin, as well as the immune system. We know now that sun damage continues after you go back inside. We also know that the effort expended by the body to repair DNA damage caused by sun exposure produces harmful byproducts known as free radicals. Free radicals are the orchestrators of wrinkled and sagging skin, and a pre-cursor to more serious health problems down the road. There are two phases in sun damage treatment: prevention and reversal, and there are a multitude or products that can aid in doing both, when used in conjunction with the development of better sun habits.

Sun Damage Prevention

sun-damageWhen it comes to prevention, turn to trusty sunscreen – and new studies tell us that spray doesn’t cut it, unless you rub it in thoroughly after spraying. Always apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure; cut it too close, and swimming and sweating will void your efforts. For the sensitive skin on your face, use a sunblock stick or a lotion, and reapply all over your body every two hours for continued coverage.

Use common sense with your sunblock. Plan your activities in direct sunlight in the morning or late afternoon; 10AM-2PM is the block of time where the sun’s rays are harshest. Wear a hat, preferably wide-brimmed, that will protect your face, shoulders, and chest. Polarized sunglasses will help reduce damage to the thin tissue of the eyelid and cornea. If you do develop moles or notice significant changes to your skin after sun exposure, consult your dermatologist as soon as possible to head off complications.

Reversing the Effects of Sun Damage

If you have already fallen victim to sun damage, there are ways to partially reverse the process. Treatments such as Juvederm or Restylane can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin over time. Your diet can also be used as a weapon against skin aging: berries, nuts, leafy greens, and—surprisingly—brewed coffee are all antioxidant-rich foods that will minimize sun damage during exposure and reverse damage long after.

It is much easier to prevent sun damage than it is to reverse it. Some people show few immediate side effects to prolonged sun exposure, but 40-50% of Americans who live to age 65 will develop some form of skin cancer according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The Foundation also claims that almost 5 million people are treated for some form of skin cancer in the U.S. every year. Many of skin cancer’s iterations are easily treated: some, such as melanoma, are not. An estimated 10,000 people will lose their lives to melanoma this year. With some simple routine and product regimen changes, the harmful complications of excess sun exposure can be reversed or prevented altogether.

The Do’s and Dont’s of Skin Care

People like to joke that one day they will get old and wrinkled. Inevitably this will happen to all of us, but the health of your skin has less to do with how old you are more to do with how well you maintain a skin care regimen. As you get older your skin will gradually start to lose elasticity as it loses collagen. That can’t be helped but you can avoid certain things that accelerate the process.

If you want to keep your skin looking youthful for as long as possible then you should:

  • Skincare AgeLess CenterStop smoking – If you have ever looked at the skin of a long term smoker, it’s not good. It usually starts to take on the appearance of a wrinkled up brown paper bag, especially around the mouth. Nicotine is the second biggest cause of skin damage because nicotine constricts blood vessels which limit the amount of oxygen going to the skin.
  • Use sunscreen –Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin damage in the United States. If you live in an area that has a lot of direct sun then you need to be applying sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Don’t tan – Even if you are young and your skin doesn’t show signs of aging yet, it will. Once you have sun damage, it can be fixed with the right treatments but they aren’t cheap so it’s better to nip it in the bud.
  • Avoid pulling your skin – Some people have a habit of rubbing their face or tugging at their ears. It doesn’t seem like much but when your skin has been bombarded by UV rays all day, it’s not a good idea to put more stress on it by rubbing.
  • Moisturize – Dry skin may not actually cause wrinkles but a good moisturize will plump your skin up enough to minimize them temporarily.
  • Have a skin care routine – Keeping your skin clean and healthy can just be done when you think about it. Set aside some time every night to take care of your skin and it will look great for years to come.

While having an excellent skin care routine will help combat some of the signs of aging, it can’t completely stop the formation of small lines and wrinkles associated with getting older.  At The AgeLess Center we provide a variety of treatment options such as dermal fillers, Botox or Xeomin treatments to help you turn back the hands of time, and stop the stubborn signs of aging.

Call at 404-233-5255 to schedule an appointment today!

Juvederm or Restylane? Which should You Choose?

Before going into whether Juvederm® or Restylane® is right for you, let’s discuss what they are. When men or women start to develop lines or wrinkles, it tends to give them a prematurely aged appearance. There are surgical procedures that will reduce puffiness and smooth out wrinkles but they are too extreme for some people to contemplate. Those people often prefer a Dermal Filler because it is non invasive and can plump up areas of your face and smooth out lines. Two of the most popular Dermal Fillers are Juvederm and Restylane.

Both Juvederm® and Restylane®  fillers are made from a substance called hyaluronic acid which is a natural molecule found in the body.

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restylane_logo_clear-300x114When introduced into the skin, the acid binds with water and then starts to expand, filling out and plumping up the skin. Basically, they smooth out the wrinkles from the inside.

Choosing between the two often comes down to personal preference but keep the following in mind when making your choice:

  • Restylane® is a firmer compound so it is better for areas like the lips and deeper lines that require more support.
  • Both are gels but Juvederm® has a smooth consistency while Restylane® has a more granular consistency.
  • Juvederm® is considered to be longer lasting because it has 35% more hyaluronic acid in it than Restylane® does.
  • Duration varies greatly from individual to individual but in general, Restylane® lasts for around 6 months while Juvederm® can last up to a year.

Whether it be Juvederm® or Restylane® that you think could be right for you. The AgeLess Center can help. Give us a call 404.233.5255 to schedule your next appointment.