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In our youth-obsessed culture it’s perfectly normal to want to look your best, and that usually includes looking younger. After all, if you’re 45, wouldn’t you like to look 35? Makeup can only do so much here.

How Aging Works

Collagen is a protein in your connective tissue. It’s sometimes called the “glue” that holds your body together. Over the years two things happen: 1) the collagen breaks down and 2) your body doesn’t produce as much as it once did. Hello saggy skin and wrinkles!

Additionally, your muscles form certain patterns based on your habits and this is where you’ll notice wrinkles first. For example, if you wrinkle your forehead a lot when you concentrate, you’ll develop wrinkles across your forehead quicker than if you don’t wrinkle it.

Enter Botox and dermal fillers.

How to Maintain a Natural, Youthful Look With Botox

Botox has been around since 1989. It’s an injectable toxin that “freezes” your muscles, hence the perpetual “frozen faces” some celebrities have. Originally Botox was first used for something called “spastic eyelids,” but doctors quickly noticed its skin smoothing properties and began using it off-label (i.e. for wrinkle reduction).

The FDA approved it in 2002 for smoothing frown lines between your brows. Since then, it’s become the most popular cosmetic medical option available for wrinkles, just about anywhere in the world.

Botox is a simple in-office procedure that can be done over your lunch break with a few strategically-located injections. It’s especially effective for reducing fine lines around your eyes, smoothing out lines around your mouth, and on your forehead. In fact, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says Botox recipients feel they look an average of 5.6 years younger.

Botox “trains” your muscles overtime. This means they’ll stay relaxed with less frequent injections. Some patients will find one or two injections can give them the appearance they want for a year or more.

Don’t do these three things if you don’t want to look over-Botox’ed:

  • Don’t get too many units injected, because that could lead to a frozen, droopy or startled look.
  • Don’t get too many injections done or be impatient about waiting for your results to appear, or you’ll get that frozen look Nicole Kidman has become infamous for.
  • Don’t rub your face after your injection, because it could force the Botox to migrate somewhere you don’t want it to be.

Facial Rejuvenation With Juvéderm

Juvéderm is an injectable filler that adds hyaluronic acid to your skin, plumping it up. You’ll see an improvement right after your injection, but you’ll need to wait up to two weeks for the swelling and bruising to resolve.

The results from one injection can last anywhere from six months to a year or more.

Botox and Juvéderm make good partners. They smooth away wrinkles and provide a nice lift in your whole face, filling in areas that are sagging or hollow.

Don’t do these three things if you don’t want to look over-filler’ed:

  • Don’t get too many syringes injected, because it could lead to overly-puffy contours or unappealing bulges. A little filler can add a delightful touch of pout if you have naturally thin lips, but if you go overboard you can get the dreaded duck lips.
  • Don’t get too many injections done all at once, because you might not recognize yourself. Each injection has to deliver tiny amounts of product to a precise area of your cheek. If too much filler is used or if it’s injected too low, you’ll be left with chipmunk cheeks. To maintain a natural and more youthful appearance, it’s a good idea to get one treatment at a time and wait a week or two to see how it affects your appearance.
  • Don’t massage the treated area(s) after your injection. Only your injector should do that.

You don’t want to over-do it with any of these procedures. Looking younger often helps you feel younger, but you’ve got to do it right: there’s a fine line between looking naturally younger and looking “done.”

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Eleanor Welsh is a contributing health and beauty writer for Zwivel. She is the Founder and President of Skin Vitality Medical Clinic. With 8 locations in southwestern Ontario, Skin Vitality is the leading provider of Botox and Juvéderm in Canada.