Why Dermal Fillers?
There are a variety of cosmetic treatments that can help the appearance of aging and give skin a more youthful appearance. As you age, the fat under your facial skin shrinks. Dermal fillers are a safe, minimally invasive way to help.
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are safe, effective injectables that act as an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume. This dermal filler provides immediate results with little to no downtime. They’re compatible with your body since it’s a natural substance found in your body. Better integration of hyaluronic acid into dermal filler gels has produced innovative dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma. Voluma, for example, lasts as long as two years which can be used for a mid face-lift.
Dermal Fillers and Botox
Fillers can help replace the subcutaneous fat under the skin that tends to disappear as people age. Some fillers can also stimulate the growth of collagen – the protein that provides support to the skin and provides a smooth, plump look. Dermal filler effects usually last about nine months. Botox is a medication that temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. Since the muscle can't move, the wrinkles essentially improve or are eliminated.
Dermal Fillers or Botox?
Dermal fillers and Botox do different things. Botox affects the muscles that create wrinkles, so the wrinkle goes away. Botox has no effect on how smooth or plump the skin looks. Dermal fillers plump up the skin or lips in the same way that pumping air into a basketball makes it smooth and round. Fillers can also stimulate collagen development, which can help improve the appearance of the skin. In some cases, fillers can eliminate wrinkles that are caused by loss of subcutaneous fat, especially small, fine wrinkles.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Fillers work best if you're a non-smoker. Smoking damages the skin and circulation and affects healing. It also increases the risk of lines and wrinkles because of the motions you make with your mouth and face while smoking. If you have a history of extreme allergies, you might not be able to have dermal fillers, talk with your doctor about your best options as well as potential risks.
What's a Dermal Filler Treatment Plan?
The first step in a treatment plan is to identify what your specific facial issues are. You might have wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, sunken cheeks or under-eye circles.
When choosing a facial enhancement plan, it's not always an either-or proposition. Sometimes both dermal fillers and Botox are used in a procedure known as a liquid facelift. In all cases, before you choose any kind of cosmetic treatment, know your risks and benefits of treatment.
For more information and to book your appointment to learn more about how you may be a good fit for dermal fillers, contact us today.