As we age, we gradually start to notice changes – perhaps a new shadow, a line or crease that wasn’t there a couple of years ago. These changes may be due to volume loss that occurs as we get older. The Aesthetic Center of Plastic Surgery can help bring back that volume with a thorough consultation that will address the signs of aging. One option to restore volume loss is dermal fillers.
Contrary to what mainstream media may present, dermal fillers do not have to look plastic or artificial. Dermal fillers, if placed appropriately, can give a natural result, restoring the volume that you had when you were younger. It can also be placed in ways that may enhance or support features you may not have previously, such as full lips, prominent cheekbones, or a more chiseled profile.
What changes happen as we age?
Our face loses fat, and facial fat pads change as we grow older. Fat loss will then lead to more noticeable wrinkles, shadows, and fine lines.
Our skin also becomes less elastic, increasing the appearance of sagging, shadows, and lines. Several factors can contribute to this, including but not limited to genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle habits.
What do dermal fillers address?
Dermal fillers offer the following benefits:
● Enhance shallow contours
● Plump lips
● Improve the appearance of scars
● Soften wrinkles and facial creases
● Decrease shadowing
● Improve asymmetries
Not all dermal fillers are the same.
Each type of dermal filler has a different set of characteristics. Some fillers may be better suited for plumping, whereas others may be better suited for lifting, contouring, or improving superficial skin concerns. It is essential to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon so you can guarantee that they will perform an in-depth assessment and recommend the appropriate treatments.
Non-invasive facial rejuvenation with dermal filler is not just science but is also an art. Injectors use different dermal filler options in different areas using varied techniques to give you the most natural look possible.
How long will these dermal fillers last?
As a rule of thumb, dermal fillers injected deeper into the skin tend to last 12 months or even longer. Some more recent fillers claim to last up to two years.
On the other hand, dermal fillers injected near the skin are usually metabolized more quickly and can last for 6 to 12 months. This also applies to dermal fillers injected near areas where constant movement occurs, such as the lips.
Dermal fillers metabolize gradually. Most manufacturers and physicians recommend coming into the office for a touch-up before they are completely gone, which tends to be about 6-9 months after treatments depending on the filler and placement.
Where can dermal fillers be placed?
Your injector can put dermal fillers virtually anywhere! Common areas include cheeks, Nasolabial folds, lips, chin, and jawline.
Fillers in the upper face can help reduce the appearance of dark circles or hollow temples. Volume can be added to the cheek area to lift and contour the midface. If your lower face has shadowing, dermal fillers can, at times, be placed strategically to improve sagging and shadows around the mouth.
Young people without much volume loss may use dermal fillers to enhance their facial features.
What to expect with dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are minimally invasive; thus, you will have minimal downtime. The entire procedure can last up to an hour and at times longer, with the actual injections being 10-20 minutes. After the procedure, you can immediately see the results. This is one reason people like to have dermal filler treatments.
You may experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the area that is treated with dermal filler. This can vary depending on the type of filler used, the depth, and the injected area. You should schedule filler appointments about a month before an event in case any bruising occurs.
What if I’m not happy with how I look?
Most clients are satisfied with the results, and they often come back for touch-ups. But in case you are not entirely happy, an enzyme can be injected that can dissolve the filler.