Summary: French actress Catherine Deneuve once famously remarked that “after a certain age, you have to choose between your fanny and your face.” While a little humorous, there actually may be some truth to what the actress was saying. With age comes beauty, wisdom and, unfortunately, collagen loss. Because collagen is the main protein that gives our skin its structure, its decrease in production is responsible for the loss of facial volume that tends to occur in men and women alike.
The next part of the equation is that while you may be working hard to maintain a trim figure, exercise can further contribute to this loss of plumpness in the face, as it translates to less fat available to fill out lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. So is it true that you have to choose between your face and your figure, or is it possible to somehow have the best of both worlds?
Your healthy diet and exercise are great for your overall health, so you don’t want to ditch those for the sake of a youthful face. Instead, there are numerous medical spa treatments out there that can help to plump your face and reduce lines and wrinkles. Injectable fillers are becoming more and more popular for this very reason. They work by using hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in the body, to mimic collagen, filling out lines and wrinkles and adding volume to the face.
Injectable fillers like JUVÉDERM® and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® can temporarily restore volume to the face for a rejuvenated look. Each session typically only takes between 15 and 30 minutes and you can expect to return to your normal activities immediately afterwards. Your results are noticeable immediately and will gradually fade over the next months, although the effects of VOLUMA® can last for up to two years.
BOTOX® can offer similar results, but many experts suggest that it may actually work best as a preventative anti-aging treatment. BOTOX® works by inhibiting muscle contractions in the injected areas, which can help to reduce the deep-set wrinkles and fine lines that occur as the result of repeated movement. Many men and women opt for BOTOX® injections to minimize the appearance of lines in the forehead and near the eyes, which are generally the first places people notice signs of aging.
As with injectable fillers, a typical BOTOX® session will last about 15 minutes and won’t require any recovery time. The results of your BOTOX® treatment may appear more gradually than those of injectable fillers, but you can expect to see subtle results within 1 to 2 days. After about 30 days, your full results should be visible.
Nonsurgical Body Contouring
Because there’s a variety of med spa treatments to keep your face looking fresh, young and bright, you can keep up your healthy exercise routine to maintain a trim figure without having to worry about losing volume in your face.
But despite your fitness efforts, you may notice some areas of stubborn fat that don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise. Nonsurgical body contouring options like CoolSculpting® and Liposonix® can help you to achieve a lean, toned body with minimal recovery time. These procedures typically take less than an hour per session, and they can offer similar results to liposuction.
In this day and age, there’s no need to choose between a young-looking face and a fit, healthy body. Thanks to medical spa procedures like injectable fillers and nonsurgical body contouring, you can be well on your way to looking and feeling your greatest at any age.