Before deciding if you’re on team filler or team laser, let’s look at the differences between these two skin-enhancing cousins. While both are used to achieve a younger look, they operate very differently with varying results. So, on the battlefield of beauty, which one reigns supreme? Will you side with fillers, lasers or both? Time to separate this anti aging duo once and for all!
Understanding Lasers vs. Fillers
What are anti aging lasers?
Anti aging lasers have risen to the forefront of women’s favorite cosmetics treatments. And it’s no surprise why; it looks sublimely natural!
As a non-invasive procedure, it uses radio-frequency waves or micro-currents to tone and firm the skin. The massive amount of heat tricks the top layer of skin into thinking it’s been injured, forcing it to undergo the healing process by developing more collagen (the plumping protein that makes skin look youthful). It’s basically as if you’re recuperating from a burn—revealing skin that’s soft like a newborn’s—but without all the pain that comes with most cosmetic procedures.
If you’re not already hooked, the bonus is that this treatment has virtually no down time. You can go to work or head out for drinks the next day, and nobody can tell the difference.
What are anti aging fillers?
Anti aging fillers, on the other hand, focus on adding volume to the face, but do not permanently erase wrinkles. The process involves injecting a synthetic agent, usually hyaluronic acid, into specialized areas of the face. These could be areas such as the marionette lines, cheeks and lips—all those places that clearly give away our age. The filler plumps up the skin, smoothing out skin texture for a refreshed and rejuvenated result.
Depending on the desired look, you can even add extra filler to build and contour your features. Perhaps fuller, poutier lips have always been a dream? Or maybe you always wanted higher, rounder cheeks to appear more youthful? Filler can create these enhancements in minutes!
Since light reflects better on larger features, you will instantly look brighter and younger. No wonder fillers have become somewhat of an addictive sport among millions of women worldwide.
So, which one do I choose?
If cost is a factor, lasers offer more longevity as fillers can only last up to 6 months. Since the average fee per syringe can set you back an average of $600, you can imagine how the bills stack up over time.
The type of result you seek should also play a vital factor. Do you want to merely smooth out wrinkles or do you want to add volume to the face as well? Lasers are guaranteed to revitalize the skin surface, but if you’re craving a little more oomph in your facial features, fillers are your go-to.
Finally, keep in mind that’s it’s easy to go overboard with fillers. The boundaries between a youthful enhancement and a bloated, over-plumped face should not be crossed. To avoid falling into the la-di-da land of Real Housewives’ plastic surgery, make sure to talk to your injector about how to achieve natural results.
Ultimately, if these two anti wrinkle treatments sound ideal, you can use them both. That’s right, you wouldn’t have to choose! While this option is the most expensive, you’ll be able to fight wrinkles with double the power and the highest chances of winning the war on aging. Get ready to surrender, wrinkles—you lost!