No. Botox is appropriate for treating wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, and can also be used to treat fine lines around the lips. For deeper wrinkles between the cheeks and corners of the mouth, a filler such as Juvederm is a more appropriate treatment.
There are very few risks associated with a fat transfer procedure. Your body will not reject the fat because it is from your own body, and once you have healed, the results are permanent. However, as is the case for any procedure that breaks the skin (injection, incision), there is a risk of infection. Another treatment may also be necessary after a few months if some of the fat injected disappears.
Prevention, as in all matters of health, is the best way to prevent signs of skin aging. The three basic preventative measures are: cleansing, hydrating and protecting skin from the sun. The sooner you implement these three steps, the longer the results last. Practicing good hygiene and using a daily moisturizer suited to your skin type is the first step. In addition to increasing the risk of skin cancer, ultraviolet rays damage elastin fibers in the skin, causing it to lose elasticity. This is why it is important to avoid tanning salons and to always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Smoking leads to poor circulation and accelerates the aging process, and is therefore best avoided altogether. Cortisone taken in pill form or used in a cream over the long term causes thinning of the skin, making it more susceptible to infection.
Scar tissue is usually fully formed 6 to 12 months after surgery. It is normal for a scar to be slightly red and hard for the first four to six months. During this period, daily massages with a moisturizing cream will help the scar heal faster and minimize itchiness. It is also essential to use sunscreen during this time. After 12 months, the scar is usually fully healed and will ideally look like a fine, pale line. If the desired result is not achieved, there are some possible treatments. That said, it is impossible for a scar to disappear altogether; treatments can only help to make it less visible and minimize discomfort.
If you are considering undergoing a surgical or non-surgical procedure, you should consult a plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons are the only professionals whose training is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Their speciality training covers the full range of facial and body aesthetic procedures. With the expertise and integrity of a specialized plastic surgeon, you will receive safe treatments tailored to your needs. To find a plastic surgeon, visit the Association des spécialistes en chirurgie plastique et esthétique du Québec’s website: http://www.ascpeq.org
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