Our skin says a lot about us as individuals. Always defending our bodies against external pathogens, the dermis, our largest organ, is forever exposed to harmful stimuli, such as sun, heat, the elements, and particularly time.
As time marches forward, our faces lose subcutaneous fat, and our skin begins to show undesirable signs of wear and tear. Sun exposure, aging, and weight loss result in fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of volume. More and more people are turning to elite cosmetic surgeons such as Dr. Farber to restore their skin to its youthful exuberance.
The Difference Between Injectables and Fillers
Cosmetic intervention is an ever-increasing trend in America. Last year, in the search for youthful skin, over 10 million Americans (three percent more than 2017) opted for a dermal filling or injectable procedure. But what is the difference between these two alternatives?
Dermal fillers are injectables, as they are administered with an injection. However, injectables and dermal fillers differ in the way they work.
The most frequently used cosmetic compound in America is the injectable Botox. Botox, and similar compounds available at Farber Plastic Surgery, such as Dysport and Xeomin, act to paralyze the musculature of the desired area. By doing so, these compounds relax the muscles responsible for wrinkling, thus assisting oily or healthy skin that has begun to show more advanced signs of aging.
If signs of aging are less apparent, or a patient has mainly dry or combination skin, we at Farber Plastic Surgery often recommend a dermal filler. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Volbella, Vollure, or Restylane are used to target smaller, more specific areas. In such cases, dry skin may have caused lines, or standard skin types may be beginning to show early signs of aging.
If you are considering rejuvenating your skin, contact us, and discuss which of the above procedures is best suited to your skin type. In the vast majority of cases, there are four primary skin types; normal, dry, oily and combination.
The Different Skin Types
1) Normal Skin
Normal skin refers to well-balanced skin. Moisture and sebum production are within ranges that make skin appear bright, radiant, and youthful. Free from blemishes, hardly visible pores, an even skin tone, and a glowing complexion are all characteristics of healthy, normal skin.
Normal skin is generally associated with youth or people with exceptionally fortunate genetics. For most of us, daily skincare routines are vital if we are to achieve the natural, glowing complexion associated with healthy skin.
2) Dry Skin
Dry skin arises when moisturizing factors fail to assist our skin in retaining water and a healthy layer of sebum. (Sebum, an oily excretion, is responsible for shielding our skin against temperature, dirt, and humidity). Lacking elasticity and rough to the touch, dry skin may appear blotchy and irritated. In many cases having dry skin exacerbates any fine lines or wrinkles that may be present.
3) Oily Skin
Whereas relatively inactive sebaceous glands cause dry skin, the opposite results in oily skin. Overactive sebaceous glands produce excess oil, creating a greasy, thick, plump skin complexion. Oily skin types are prone to severe acne, particularity in the T-Zone of the face (forehead, nose, and chin).
4) Combination Skin
The most common skin type, combination skin, is characterized by a mix of oily and dry skin. Generally, combination skin types have oily T-Zones due to overactive sebum glands in these areas, with dry, crackly skin around the mouth, cheeks, and eyes.
Despite skin type variation between individuals, skin health and appearance is a globally used indicator of social standing.
In many south-east Asian countries, for example, tanned, wrinkly skin is undesirable, as it indicates a life of sun-exposed manual labor. Conversely, in western countries, being tanned is a coveted look, as it shows the individual has spare time available to lie in the sun. Nonetheless, in all societies, having skin that appears well moisturized, elastic, and full indicates youthful vibrancy and health.
Regardless of your skin type, Dr. Farber certainly has a product and procedure that can help you achieve a youthful, healthy skin complexion. Call us or fill in our online form for a consultation. We look forward to seeing you!