It’s December, and the winter holiday season is upon us, which means days full of holiday planning, gift shopping, and celebrating with family and friends. It’s natural to want to look your best during this fun-filled time of year, and expertly injected facial fillers can help you do just that.
At Wrinkle Fairy, founder Leslie Forrester, APRN, and our expert aesthetic team help clients in Chicago, Oakbrook, Arlington Heights, and Naperville, Illinois, look and feel like the best version of themselves with our comprehensive line of facial fillers.
We also want to help you keep your results long after the holiday season ends, so we put our heads together to give you our best tips on maximizing your facial fillers.
Why add facial fillers to my holiday wish list?
If you’re looking for a nonsurgical way to rejuvenate your appearance, you can’t go wrong with facial fillers. Many of these gel-like injectables use hyaluronic acid, a moisturizing and lubricating substance, to replenish your skin, add volume, and improve your skin’s tone and texture.
Other types of fillers use different compounds, like calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid, to stimulate collagen and elastin production, proteins that support new skin growth, giving you younger, fresher skin and smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles.
With facial fillers, it only takes minutes to rejuvenate your appearance, smooth away wrinkles and fine lines, and add volume where you need it most. Plus, you don’t have to wait to see results; with facial fillers you’ll notice them right away.
How can I maximize my results from facial fillers?
Because different fillers work in different ways, their results don’t all last for the same length of time. Some dermal fillers, like Juvéderm® and Restylane®, typically last for 6-12 months, while other dermal fillers, like Sculptra®, can last two to five years. Others, like Radiesse®, land somewhere in the middle.
Here are our top tips for maximizing your results no matter which fillers you choose:
1. Limit sun exposure
Even in the winter when the sun’s rays are at their weakest, its ultraviolet (UV) rays damage your skin — especially the skin on your face, which is thinner and more delicate. Be sure to wear sunscreen with UV protection every day, and work to limit your sun exposure as much as possible. If you do need to spend time outside, keep your face covered with a wide-brimmed hat or mask.
2. Focus on hydration
One of the best ways to maximize facial fillers is to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Not only is hydration essential for your overall health and wellbeing, but it also boosts your skin’s water content, keeping your skin smoother and softer.
In addition to drinking water, you’ll also want to keep your skin hydrated with topical treatments. For example, moisturizers with hyaluronic acid help minimize inflammation and slow your body’s breakdown of the substances in your injectable.
3. Watch what you eat
Though enjoying a holiday treat or two is fine, a diet high in sugar works against your dermal fillers. Research shows sugar negatively affects your body’s collagen and elastin, making your skin drier and creating a loss of elasticity.
You’ll also want to avoid foods that trigger your body’s inflammatory response, which will break down your fillers faster. Some of the biggest culprits include:
- Dairy products
- Fried foods
- Simple carbohydrates
- All meat
Instead, try to eat an unprocessed, whole foods diet based on plant-based options, like vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, and healthy fats.
4. Keep stress in check
When you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones, including cortisol, which breaks down the proteins that support your skin. Stress also increases inflammation throughout your body, which ages your skin and breaks down your fillers faster.
Although the holidays can be a stressful time, keep stress in check by taking time for self-care practices every day, including:
- Taking breaks from holiday activities as needed
- Sticking with healthy sleep, eating, and exercise routines
- Practicing mindfulness techniques, like meditation
Other strategies, like planning ahead and not taking on too much, can also help manage holiday stress so that you can maximize your facial fillers.
5. Check your skin products twice
Many skincare products use ingredients that ultimately hurt your skin and work against your facial fillers. The best way to ensure you’re using the right products is by talking with a skin expert at Wrinkle Fairy. Your provider assesses your unique skin characteristics and makes custom skin care recommendations, so you can enjoy younger, fresher skin longer.
Look your best this holiday season and beyond with the magic of facial fillers! Contact the Wrinkle Fairy office nearest you to schedule a consultation, and get started today.