Age comes for us all. Many of us begin to show the signs of age around age 30 or 40. That’s when wrinkles set in. We form facial lines around the eyes, laugh lines around the mouth, and lose volume in the cheeks. This leaves us looking worn out, tired, and downright old despite how young we feel inside.
As the effects of aging become more apparent, many of us go looking for an anti-aging solution. Enter dermal fillers, which many people have used – including celebrities – to stave off aging, at least for a while.
Advancements in dermal filler technology have made it possible to obtain long-lasting, yet subtle results. This safe cosmetic option can leave you looking amazing, but what are dermal fillers, and how do they work?
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable solutions derived from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in all of us. When injected into certain areas of the face and body, the fillers produce an anti-aging effect.
Unlike topical age-defying creams you might buy over the counter or at your local beauty store, fillers don’t just work on the top layers of skin. Instead, dermal fillers work underneath the skin to restore lost volume, soften wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin cells. Some fillers stimulate the body to increase hyaluronic acid and collagen production, which helps you defy the aging process.
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Dermal fillers are not only reserved for those aged 30 and above. Cosmetic surgeons are seeing more patients under 30 requesting these injectable treatments. Turns out that starting young may have immense benefits.
Known as dermal filler prevention, starting small and early can change the way you age. You may be able to keep wrinkles at bay for some time, particularly when combined with injectable neurotoxins like Botox.
The injection of dermal fillers is performed as an outpatient procedure under a local anesthetic, and the procedure takes around an hour to complete.
What are the Different Types of Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers come in several types under various brand names.
This family of fillers includes the names Juvederm, Restylane, and a few others. They work to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out.
Sold under the brand name Radiesse, this filler is used to restore lost volume in the cheeks. It can also be used to recontour the jawline and treat deeper wrinkles and skin folds.
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You may not consider your natural fat stores as a dermal filler, but that’s precisely what you can request at your cosmetic surgeon’s office. The procedure is also referred to as the fat transfer technique. Fat is removed from the lower abdomen or another area of the body using liposuction. The fat cells are then sterilized before the surgeon injects them into various areas on your face, such as your cheeks, lips, forehead, and temples.
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Better known by the brand name Sculptra, this filler is used to restore lost facial volume due to illness or aging.
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Permanent Soft Tissue Filler
Known as Artefill, this dermal filler is used to smooth away wrinkles around the mouth. Your cosmetic surgeon will typically recommend a different filler if it’s your first time because the effects are permanent.
Where Can Dermal Fillers be Used on the Body?
Restore Volume Under the Eyes
Hyaluronic acid, fat injections, and polylactic acid are typically used under the eyes. This can help to fill in those undereye bags that make us look so darned tired, even though we may be well-rested.
Smooth Away Deep Facial Wrinkles
Polylactic acid and hyaluronic acids can work to correct deep wrinkles and skin folds.
Ease Crow’s Feet and Forehead Lines
You may be used to hearing about Botox (botulinum toxin) and other injectable neurotoxins as treatments for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and across the forehead. Dermal fillers can also be used, including calcium hydroxylapatite and polylactic acid.
Restore Cheek Volume
Aging can cause you to form that sunken-in look that occurs around the cheek areas. Polylactic acid and hyaluronic fillers can plump the cheeks to give you a more youthful appearance.
Contour The Chin
Hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are often used to add volume and contour the chin, giving the lower portion of your face greater definition.
Plump The Lips
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are sometimes used as lip fillers to make thin lips thicker and more alluring.
Fill Loose Skin on the Hands
Calcium hydroxylapatite and hyaluronic acid can be used to decrease the appearance of dark veins on the hands while easing the appearance of loose skin.
Erase the Years from Your Chest
If you have wrinkles around your chest area, dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid can make the chest and lower neck appear younger.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
As we get older, we begin to lose collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. This is precisely why we lose volume in some places and form wrinkles in others. When you factor in hormonal changes, sun damage, and gravity, these age-related imperfections become more apparent than ever.
Dermal fillers work to fill the underlying support structure underneath the skin. Areas that have lost volume can be filled in, and the skin becomes smoother, firmer, and naturally radiant.
How do Dermal Fillers Stop the Aging Process?
While dermal fillers should not be thought of as a ‘fountain of youth,’ they can help to delay the formation of fine lines, deep wrinkles, and lost volume.
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Even if you undergo dermal filler treatments, the aging process will still occur. Nothing can be done about that. Modern science has not yet formulated a way to keep time from affecting our skin, bones, muscles, and connective tissue.
However, aesthetic fillers can help you stay a few steps ahead of aging. With the right approach and in the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, it is possible to enter your 40s and 50s looking at least ten years younger than you otherwise would. Your results may vary.
Can Botox and Dermal Fillers be Combined?
You might have heard of the cosmetic treatment known as the facelift, but have you ever heard of a liquid facelift? This is the name given to a procedure that combines dermal facial fillers with an injectable neurotoxin such as Botox.
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Injectable neurotoxins work to temporarily paralyze certain muscles in the face, such as around the forehead area, neck, and mouth. This helps to ease fine lines and produces a youthful effect.
When combined with dermal fillers, Botox and other injectable neurotoxins can have a dramatic impact on your facial appearance.
How Many Filler Treatments are Necessary for Younger Looking Skin?
All it takes is a single filler treatment to make a world of difference when it comes to the appearance of your skin. In a single visit to your cosmetic surgeon’s office, you can decrease the number of wrinkles on your face (and hands) and restore lost volume.
Most dermal fillers will fade eventually, so the treatments will have to be repeated to enjoy the same effects. Every patient is different, and it depends on the injection site, but talk to your cosmetic surgeon to determine when the fillers should be repeated to keep aging at bay.
Some people prefer to get the treatments repeated annually while others return to their cosmetic surgeon’s office for touchups every few months or so. Your frequency of injections may vary depending on the type of filler, the treatment site, and the way your skin tends to age.
Do Dermal Fillers Produce Natural Looking Results?
There is a prevailing myth that says that having dermal fillers injected into your face and around your body will make it appear as though you’ve had work done. That’s not the case when performed by a skilled and talented cosmetic surgeon. Those celebrity horror stories are often the case of people going overboard with fillers.
When done properly, the fillers produce subtle effects that help you maintain a natural appearance. The idea behind dermal fillers is to rejuvenate your looks, not make you look different than you normally would if age had not taken hold.
Find an experienced cosmetic surgeon who understands anatomy and the natural proportions of the face, so that you can enjoy the natural radiance only dermal filler injections can provide.
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How Long Do the Effects of Dermal Fillers Last?
The longevity of dermal filler effects is different for everyone. There are many factors to consider, such as which product is used, and where the filler is injected.
Instead of focusing on a set timeframe, keep an eye on the results and look for signs that the fillers are beginning to wear off. You can then schedule subtle tweaks with your cosmetic surgeon to maintain the youthful effects longer.
As a general guideline, many dermal fillers can last from between 6 to 18 months.
Are Dermal Fillers Safe and FDA Approved?
Dermal fillers are FDA-approved for specific uses in men and women aged 22 and above. The uses of these age-defying wonder treatments include the correction of moderate-to-severe wrinkles and skin folds, increasing the fullness of the lips, chin, eyes, and hands, as well as restoring fat loss in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Dermal filler procedures are also approved by the FDA for correcting acne scars on the cheeks.
When performed by an experienced surgeon, dermal fillers are effective for producing beautiful, natural, and safe results.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Dermal Filler Injections?
There are potential risks involved with all medical procedures, and injectable dermal fillers are no different. Most adverse effects attributed to fillers occur immediately after the injection and dissipate within a few weeks. In some rare cases, side effects of injectable treatment can persist for months or years later. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon during your initial consultation for details.
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Common risks of injectable dermal fillers include redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, pain, rash, itching, and difficulty performing activities when injected into the backs of the hands.
It is important to be assessed for allergies before receiving dermal fillers, as an allergic reaction can occur in some cases. This is not the case with the fat transfer technique, as your own fatty tissue is used to rejuvenate the skin and restore lost volume.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dermal Filler Injections?
You might be a suitable candidate for filler treatments if your skin has lost collagen and elasticity. You will know when this happens when that plump, bouncy appearance to your skin goes away.
Certain factors, such as smoking and sun overexposure can also influence your need for injectable filler treatments.
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While most filler patients tend to be above thirty, it is possible to start on filler treatments in your mid-twenties, which could be effective for preventing the signs of aging for at least a little longer.
Are Dermal Fillers Suitable for 60+ Men and Women?
Just because you have reached age 60 or above does not mean that you are out of the range of injectable cosmetics. Dermal fillers can be used on men and women of advanced age to soften facial lines while maintaining natural-looking results. Even at age 60+, you can look more refreshed and well-rested by having strategic fillers in the right areas.
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What Should You Ask Your Cosmetic Surgeon During a Consultation?
Scheduling a consultation with a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon is the first step to trying this amazing anti-aging treatment for yourself. During your consultation, you’ll want to tell the surgeon your aesthetic goals, whether it’s to plump the lips, restore volume to the cheeks, contour the chin, or smooth away undereye bags.
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Even if you have a particular dermal filler in mind, the surgeon may recommend an alternative treatment that works better, and for longer. With cosmetic treatments becoming more advanced all the time, you never know when the ideal treatment may cause you to look younger, refreshed, and your absolute best.
Are you thinking about dermal fillers to turn back the clock on your appearance? If so, call Moein Surgical Arts, and let Dr. Babak Moein and his professional staff treat you with care. You can reach us in Los Angeles by dialingtel: 310-299-9106.