As part of the aging process, the face loses volume, which can create a narrow and severe appearance. Dermal fillers can help restore volume to the midface, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and temples. They can not only restore volume, but also smooth wrinkles and frown lines. The end result restores youthful fullness to the face.
The aging effects on the face are not uniform. Some areas develop wrinkles, while others sag as fat deposits fade. One of the major advantages of dermal fillers is that each area of the face can be targeted and treated with a filler explicitly designed to enhance that area. In this way, the face may be restored based on the personal needs and desires of the patient.
One of the most apparent signs of aging is facial volume loss that creates a stern appearance. This occurs naturally over time, but for those who wish to preserve the appearance of youth, dermal fillers can help. Dermal fillers work in a variety of different ways to restore volume to the face. Fillers can restore volume to most areas of the face, recreating a youthful appearance.
Wrinkles occur naturally as our faces age. Dermal fillers can be used to enhance the face’s volume, which also reverses the formation of wrinkles in most areas. By stretching your skin over the new facial contours, the skin is expanded and tightened, which causes wrinkles to smooth. This is not a permanent solution, but periodic treatments can keep your face mostly-wrinkle free.
BELOTERO BALANCE® is a hyaluronic acid-based filler designed to reduce severe wrinkles. It is primarily used to treat fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
JUVÉDERM® is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler infused with lidocaine to reduce discomfort during treatment and recovery. This filler is primarily used to treat marionette lines around the nose and mouth or enhance the lips.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is a hyaluronic acid-based filler designed to create longer-lasting volume in the midface. It is used to treat volume loss in the midface with results that can last up to two years.
RADIESSE® is a filler composed of microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, designed to treat deep wrinkles and volume loss in the mid and upper face. The results of this filler tend to last longer than many other fillers, as it stimulates natural collagen production.
Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid-based filler designed to increase volume and reduce wrinkles on and around the lips and face. With results lasting 12 to 18 months, it is reasonably long-lasting.
Restylane® Lyft is a companion product to Restylane® that uses slightly larger hyaluronic acid gel particles to treat deeper wrinkles. It is often used in concert with Restylane®.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a dermal filler based on promoting collagen growth. As such, the results are not as immediate as hyaluronic acid-based fillers, but results will appear more natural and last longer. With proper care, the results of a Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment can last up to two years.
Recovery from a dermal filler injection is usually quick. Minor bruising and swelling may occur around the injection sites for a day or two after treatment. On rare occasions, this swelling may trigger an allergic reaction. If this occurs, contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms may include fever, hives, and itching.
The cost of dermal fillers may vary depending on the brand chosen and the areas being treated. Dermal fillers are priced per syringe. Therefore, the cost of your treatment will vary depending on its extent. Ask your doctor about specific pricing.
Most hyaluronic acid fillers will show results immediately or within one week of injection. Other dermal fillers not based on hyaluronic acid may take months for final results to develop. It is important to remember that dermal fillers are inherently temporary treatments. As such, while the length of time may vary, further periodic treatments will be necessary to maintain your results.
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There are risks associated with dermal fillers, though the procedure is generally very safe. Some possible complications may include:
Immediately after your injection, you can expect some swelling and minor irritation around the injection site. Over the next couple of days, these symptoms should fade. Your results should become apparent within a week for most fillers. For most fillers, results will last six months to two years, depending on the brand.
For patients who want to target and remove wrinkles around the eyes, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a good option that can be done concurrently with a dermal filler. If injectable treatments do not give you your desired results, you may consider facelift surgery or eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) to treat signs of aging more directly.
BOTOX® Cosmetic works differently than dermal fillers. Dermal fillers create more volume in the face and reduce wrinkles by stretching existing skin. BOTOX® Cosmetic prevents wrinkles from forming by reducing the repetitive muscular motions that cause them. Dermal fillers will treat issues like lost volume; BOTOX® Cosmetic will not.
While less trained medical professionals offer dermal fillers, the practitioner’s skill plays a significant role in the quality of your results. A less skilled provider may leave you with less than satisfactory results. A board-certified plastic surgeon is far more experienced and skilled in using cosmetic procedures to help you achieve the desired results.
If you do not get periodic treatments to maintain your results, your face will slowly revert to its pretreatment state. Wrinkles will remerge, and facial volume will fade. Because dermal fillers expand the skin to encompass new volume, should that volume fade away, new wrinkles or sagging skin may develop over time.
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