Botox And Fillers
Life isn’t perfect, but your skin can be
Despite getting their skincare just right, there are some people who still feel the signs of ageing catching up to them. If you are one of them, you are at the right place. You are intrigued to know what else is on offer beyond simply using creams, which are often heavily oversold and promise results that are simply not possible. The good news is, there isn’t just one, but two seemingly miraculous treatment for your wrinkles and fine lines. They are the elixir which can make you look younger than you are - Botox & Fillers. Chances are, you’ve heard people talking about it. For the unversed, botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic treatments given through injections, usually in a doctor's office. The popularity of these injectables is on the rise and has been for over a decade. They are minimally invasive, which means that they don't involve surgery. Amazing, isn’t it?
Essentially, Botox is for treating lines and wrinkles and fillers work for loss of volume. They provide results that are simply not possible with creams.
The line between Botox & Fillers can sometimes seem blurred. It’s true that both botox and dermal fillers can be used to treat wrinkles on the face, both the treatment are delivered by injection and both are long lasting treatments. However, both the options have slightly different uses. While Botox is still number one, dermal fillers are quickly encroaching on that spot. Either way, the most important thing is selecting the right option for your skin, if you want to give these treatments a try. So, here's everything you need to know about the ‘miracle' cosmetic procedures, its uses and more. Botulinum toxin - AKA Botox - The Wrinkle Zapper
The most basic action of Botox is to block nerve transmission to muscles causing temporary relaxation. Botox works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. Botox can fix the lines on the upper face, such as the "11"
between the eyebrows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow's feet around the eyes. Though Botox is most known for reducing, smoothening and making wrinkles disappear, it has repeatedly stunned the medical community for its seemingly endless applications. It is pretty handy for conditions like migraine, excessive sweat and depression. The injections themselves are done with fine needles and are not usually painful. They can cause some minor discomfort at worst, but nearly everyone tolerates Botox well without any problems. Botox is the safest product, and it is also certified in the medical and cosmetic field.
Fillers - The Best Weapon Against Ageing
As we get older, the collagen and elastin in our skin lessens. The skin becomes dryer, thinner and less able to fix itself. The facial skeleton changes too. All these factors lead to skin sagging, creases and jowl formation. By placing dermal fillers in the parts of the face that have lost volume, support is provided to the skin and its surrounding tissues. The best part? Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is already there in our skin, which gives you a natural face lift. Dermal fillers can be used to correct a variety of issues related to facial ageing, including adding volume and smoothening out deep creases that run from the nose to the mouth, plumping thin lips, enhancing the shape of cheeks and filling out hollows under the eye area.
It’s not like you have to pick between one or the other; fillers and Botox can give incredible results when used together. Yes, you can have both of them injected during the same treatment session. There are many people who believe that once you start getting botox injections or dermal fillers, your skin will sag and wrinkle more than it used to when you stop the treatments.
The reality is, it would not. When the effects of Botox or fillers wear off, your skin will look exactly like it was and no worse. It’s simply that most people are so happy with the results of their treatments that they continue having the injections for many years to come.
So, there’s every reason to consider botox and fillers to correct the signs of ageing that is beyond the reach of skin care products. Yes, it is true that great skincare can make an immense difference in the appearance of your skin, it’s also true that age, fat loss, gravity, muscle movement and sun damage among other factors will take their toll in the end. Undoubtedly, botox and fillers can enhance the appearance of deep lines and give your skin a more graceful, youthful and supple appearance in ways that skincare simply can’t. The bottom line is, if it makes you feel beautiful, just do it.
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Sreeja knew it couldn’t be. Ranjith was an only son, and his family background was good. A family with no hassles, although a nuclear one.
“No, no problem,” Ranjith managed to say, still not looking up at the teacher.
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reeja sat shocked. She didn’t know whether to laugh or scold him. She realised the boy was in a no-man’s land. The adolescent stage of confused emotions. The stirrings and feelings of transition from boyhood to manhood, from childhood to adulthood. She had to deal with this, without hurting or ridiculing him.
Ranjith stood before her like a guilty child caught with his hands in the jam jar.
His voice quivered, “You are not angry with me, are you?” his voice faltered.
“No,” she said gently. “But you used the wrong word, Ranjith. You will know what love is, or what being in love is, only when you grow up. I am your teacher, and you like me. That is okay and I am glad that you do. In fact I want all my students to like me. Otherwise, I will have failed as a teacher. So, there’s a good boy. We will forget this conversation. And let me also tell you, that I am engaged to be married to an Army officer, Captain Adil.” R
anjith looked up “Captain Adil? In the Army?” Then he added boldly “I hope he gets killed in action.” Sreeja was shocked.
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So it was on Sunday that Ranjith stood at the door and rang the bell.
It was opened by Captain Adil himself, and Ranjith felt a pang of jealousy, seeing how smart and handsome he looked.
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anjith sat stiffly in a chair, while Captain Adil started a conversation, trying to put the boy at ease. He talked of the thrill of military life and, against his will, Ranjith found himself listening – almost forgetting – that this man was his enemy.
“Would you like to you join the army, Ranjith?”
Ranjith found himself nodding.
“But first you have to finish your studies. Sreeja told me that you were the first in your class. But recently you started sliding down, and Sreeja told me why.”
“Ma’am told you?” Ranjith asked looking abashed and like a stag at bay.
“Yes, she did. You see, we don’t have secrets. But, leaving that, let me ask you another question – What did you want to be as a child? You know what I myself wanted – I wanted to be a clown in a circus!”
In spite of himself Ranjith laughed. He was finding it nice, talking to the captain, or listening to him.
He replied, “I wanted to be a bus conductor. Tearing out tickets for passengers in a moving bus.”
The captain laughed, “So, you see, when we are children, we wish for such impossible things. Things that seem fascinating to us. Do you know, I once thought myself in love with my maths teacher? That was when I was in class VIII. But the next year, the geography miss took my fancy. If I had not passed out, I would have gone from one teacher to another. Excepting the social study miss. She looked like a battle axe, with one eye looking left and the other right. She would have beaten me to a pulp. Even today I would rather face an enemy gun than face her.” R
anjith could not help laughing. As he did so, he noticed a fishing tackle in the corner.
“That is a nice fishing rod – do you go fishing?”
Ranjith had forgotten his animosity.
“Yes I do. Would you like to join me when I go fishing?”
“Really? Will you take me along?”
“Sure, what is more, you may call a couple of your friends. We will have some fun.”
Ranjith saw his teacher coming in with a plate of snacks. He stood up.
“Good morning, ma’am. Your captain is taking me on a fishing expedition.” The boy looked happy.
Sreeja smiled. Ranjith had spontaneously used the words ‘Your captain’.
There was no rancour in his voice – she knew captain Adil had won over the enemy. We
Senior Consultant, Cosmetic Surgery Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. DR VIVEK KUMAR