The facial fillers we get from a doctor and via a needle are effective and certainly longer lived that what we are about to suggest. But they are also expensive and in the case of skin that has been dehydrated or over-sunned or just over-loved, can result in a zero sum game. It can take a trough full of well place filler to erase time, but maybe just maybe one of these quicker fix wrinkle fillers will work for you.
Fillers are meant to treat those lines and wrinkles that appear in the face when it is at rest and we found there are some other temporary fixes. Products that actually do what they say by ” filling ” the negative space of a wrinkle with a chemical substance, mostly polymers, that create the illusion of smoothness. The trick is in the timing. Apply it too soon and you won’t make it through cocktail hour. Apply too much and it turns to a milky dry looking substance .
Our search for an alternative to spending hundreds or thousands of dollars only to have to repeat the process ,ad infinitum, comes with its’ own set of embroidered pillows with sayings like: “There Are No Miracles” or “ Magic is a Great Fantasy.” For serious erasure, you will have to call the doctor. We called Beverly Hills MD, John Layke and he described the Deep Wrinkle Filler he developed that actually works, and what we should accept about the realities of our skin. “At 18 our skin begins losing collagen at a rate of 1% per year, so shoring up the architecture of of our faces is essential,” says Dr. Layke without a bit of concern. He cautions us to not despair as “If you have healthy , supported , cared for skin, you might not ever even make it to the needle.” His wrinkle filler is packaged in a convincing looking faux needle that dispenses the product carefully and after a minute of applying it, you can see the smoothing effect. The product doesn’t crack (as others do) when you smile, it is buildable in a few applications, over or under your makeup and it has lots of other goodies that pull in moisture and will take the edge off those fine lines. We are still experimenting with it for the longer term goal of an always smooth forehead but we like what we see.
The most instant of the wrinkle fillers category include No 7 Instant Illusion which really works out those forehead creases. We would say it lasts about an evening but individual results might vary and we like that they call it what it is – an illusion.
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Instant Filler delivers a concentrated tri-polymer blend of advanced filling spheres and blurring optics, as well as sodium hyaluronate, which plumps skin’s appearance over time. It is a great smooth canvas under makeup. Professional make-up artists love this stuff.
Sio Patches are not an instant success as your must wear them overnight but they do leave you with a slightly smoother surface and are reusable for up to 15 times—something about the silicone.
StriVectin High Potency Wrinkle Filler addresses wrinkles in three ways: immediately smoothes skin, softens the look of deep set wrinkles over time, and allows future lines and wrinkles to be less noticeable. The silicone-free formula was designed specifically to work on the appearance of forehead creases, vertical lines between the brows, crow’s feet, laugh lines, and fine lines around the lips.
Dr. Brandt’s Needles No More also claims to provide an immediate smoothing effect to crows feet and brow creases and have a more cumulative result with longer term use.
Bottom Line: choose your weapon because it won’t hurt you , anyone else or your debit card , quite as much as a needle might. Some days I’m not the least bit bothered by my extra lines.
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