As we age, our skin changes. It happens slowly, until one day we look at an old picture and compare it with what we see in the mirror. The alteration is astonishing. What happened to the youthful fullness and smooth skin that we once took for granted? Many of the changes that time brings can be lessened with fillers and injectables. These products are safe and effective. When administered by a board-certified dermatologist, injectables and fillers can diminish the signs of aging and recapture the more youthful look that more closely reflects how you feel inside.
Dermal Fillers Can Help Slow the Aging Process Significantly
The face naturally loses subcutaneous fat as the years pass by. At the same time, the skin stretches and thins. This brings the muscles just below the surface of the skin, making them more visible. Lines and wrinkles become increasingly pronounced. Added to the natural fat loss and thinning skin are environmental factors like sun exposure. Even heredity plays a role in how much facial volume is lost and the prevalence of lines and wrinkles. Both Dermal Fillers and BOTOX are often used to combat this process and lessen the appearance of wrinkles, just in different situations and areas.
Although the loss of subcutaneous fat and the stretching of the skin are natural processes, you don’t have to accept them. Talk to a dermatologist instead about a treatment with fillers that can help you recapture the youthful radiance that you feel inside.
Primary uses of Dermal Fillers and Injectables
Injectables can work wonders on your face. Your dermatologist can use them to:
- Diminish recessed scars
- Fill in lines and wrinkles
- Give lips greater volume
- Make shallow contours more pronounced
Although fillers cannot achieve the same results as surgery, they are often the ideal choice for people who aren’t ready for a more invasive approach. A consultation with your dermatologist before having the procedure performed provides valuable insight into the realistic outcome you can expect after having fillers injected.
Are Dermal Fillers for you?
Most people are excellent candidates for injectables. Your dermatologist will perform a detailed medical history to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Be open about any medications or supplements you take or allergies you have so that your physician can evaluate which injectable is right for you.
Few side effects are associated with the use of fillers. Some patients may experience slight bruising or swelling at the injection site, but this is usually mild and temporary. Most people are able to continue with their normal schedule immediately after the procedure. It takes just a few minutes to make a visible difference.
The Process of Getting a Dermal Filler or Injectable
Your dermatologist will examine your face, using expert knowledge of facial anatomy to determine which areas should be treated and where the injections will be made. An antibacterial agent is then used to cleanse the area before it is numbed with a cold instrument or an anesthetic ointment. Occasionally, the doctor will inject a local anesthesia if the patient is especially sensitive to pain. The majority of patients report that there is pain associated with the injections, but it is rarely bothersome.
The length of the treatment depends upon the number of areas to be treated. Some appointments last a mere 15 minutes while others can require an hour. Dermatologists inject filler, massage the area and then review the results before deciding if more fillers are required or moving on to the next area. Once the desired results are achieved, the areas will be cleansed and the patient will be offered a cold pack to minimize swelling and discomfort.
Dermal Fillers that We Use at Aesthetic Dermatology
Many safe and effective fillers are available. Your dermatologist will discuss the alternatives with you and help you to reach a wise decision. At Aesthetic Dermatology, we utilize only the best, most reliable fillers and injectables. Here is a sampling of the products we rely on to achieve amazing results:
If your primary concern is the wrinkles or folds that lead from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, then Belotero may be the prescription for you. Belotero contains hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the skin. This makes it a safe and trusted choice. The results are immediately apparent, and they may last for six months or longer.
This product can be used to alleviate a number of problems around the mouth and chin. It takes care of the usual smile lines as well as the corners of the mouth, which some people may notice begin to turn down with age. Radiesse can also be used to lessen the look of marionette lines, those straight creases that run from the corners of the mouth. Pre-jowl folds and chin wrinkles can also be minimized with this product. Radiesse, which is essentially calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, is a fantastic choice because it produces immediate results that last for up to one year. Even better, it stimulates your body to produce more collagen, which means that your appearance improves over time.
Doctors prescribe Restylane-L to minimize moderate to severe folds and wrinkles on the face. The lips may also be given a plumper look with this product. Made from hyaluronic acid, this substance breaks down naturally over time. The Restylane-L formulation also includes lidocaine to diminish discomfort during and after the injection.
This hyaluronic acid gel corrects volume loss, particularly in the cheek area. With added volume in this zone, recipients look instantly younger. Restylane Lyft can also be used to soften the appearance of the nasolabial folds, which run from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
If you are especially troubled by the look of your lips and any lines that have formed around them, then this may be the ideal treatment for you. This special formulation of hyaluronic acid is designed to create the most natural-looking results. Accordingly, it’s particles are small and smoother, making them ideal for the lip area.
This amazing product actually helps patients to replace lost collagen. As a result, the effects can easily last for two years or longer. Sculptra is most often used to treat smile lines, marionette lines and chin wrinkles. It is administered in a course of three injections that take place over a three or four month period. This formulation is a poly-L-lactic acid collagen stimulator that works in tandem with your body’s systems to create natural, long-lasting results.
Juvederm Voluma XC
This filler is excellent for lifting and contouring the cheeks. With the injection of Juvederm Voluma XC, it is possible to erase five years from your appearance. The results can last for as long as two years.
Juvederm XC Ultra
The Ultra formulation is specifically designed to treat lines and wrinkles that are of a more superficial nature. It features tiny particles that produce more natural-looking results. Typically, the treatment lasts for between six to nine months.
Juvederm XC Ultra Plus
Made for deeper, more noticeable wrinkles and folds, this product is suitable for achieving particularly dramatic results. This formulation has larger particles and also tends to last longer than other Juvederm products.
This deoxycholic acid injectable is used to treat submental fat, which is commonly referred to as a “double chin.” Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body and helps to break down and absorb fat. When it is injected into the chin area, fat cells are destroyed, leading to a noticeably improved appearance.