Over the last few years’ facial fillers have grown in popularity. This is primarily because they are safer and less invasive than traditional plastic surgery. Even if you are a facial filler virgin, you probably know a few seasoned veterans. Here are several things you might not know about dermal fillers.
More People Get Filled Than You Think: Fillers are the second most popular cosmetic procedure, with only botulinum toxin procedures like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, surpassing them in popularity. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2016, more than 2.5 million filler procedures were performed.
All Fillers Fill, But Some Also Build: There are two main types of fillers: hyaluronic acid (like Belotero, Restylane, Juvederm) and collagen-producing biostimulators (like Radiesse and Bellafill). Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar molecule which is normally found in our skin and bodies; as we age, it begins to dissipate. Fillers can be used for everything from replacing lost volume to smoothing over dynamic lines and tightening the jawline.
All Fillers Are Not Created Equally: FDA-approved HA fillers differ in color, cohesivity, and viscosity. There is no one injectable that is the best. It should be all about what is the best for the patient. One filler which works well in the eyes might not be the best for use in the lips or cheeks; so it is important to find a doctor who is facile with several injectables, so she can choose the appropriate filler with properties which best suit the intended area. Read more of this story »
Beach days, BBQ, and bikinis are almost here, so its time to start preparing for the warm summer ahead. Celebrity manicurist, Skyy Hadley, shares her secrets to giving your feet a summer makeover!
Find Your Color — Discover which shades work best on fair, medium and dark complexions. According to Hadley, fair skin should choose white and blue undertones, while medium skin finds colors with pink undertones. Darker complexions should go for transparent tones.
To Cut or Not To Cut — “Trimming or cutting cuticles during a manicure is purely cosmetic and sometimes doesn’t benefit the nail in any way,” shares Hadley. The cuticle is the barrier to protect the surrounding skin and help develop the nail from bacteria and infections.
No More Yellow — The most common suggestion would be to stop using so much dark nail polish. “Of course we all love using dark colors but this may cause your nails to become discolored,” explains Hadley. She recommends always using a base coat. “By using a base coat, you’re adding in a protective layer between your nails and the polish. This will also help to prevent staining and can actually help keep your nails healthier.”